MONTREAL — The McGill University men’s and women’s golf team is slated to open their 2014 fall season this week in Gatineau at the Torrents Golf Tournament hosted by the Universite du Quebec a Outaouais, Aug. 26-27. The event will be held at the Gatineau Golf Club, recently redesigned, to rave reviews, by renowned Canadian golf architect Graham Cook.
McGill head coach Robert Dubeau‘s squad features a mixture of veterans and first-year players. Losses to graduation include three standout players, Ryan Boyd, Brian Neill and Tom Calvet. However, Boyd and Neill have returned to serve as assisting coaches.
Among the newcomers on the Redmen is Andrew Reilly from Salt Lake City and Tom Jablonski from the Royal Montreal club.
The Martlets have lost Calgary’s Emily Phoenix but has added promising recruits Alice Hwang from Orlando and Juliette Pollet from Belgium. Recent Martlet grads Jenn Newton and Dayvi Khanna will assist on the coaching staff.
McGill has entered six men and three women in this early event to open in the RQSE conference circuit. In addition to the newcomers above, veterans Benoit Miquel of Houston, along with Toronto natives Will Eberlee and Justin Smith, plus Jonathan Whelan of Rothsay N.B., complete the Redmen entry.
On the women’s side, Columbian native Valentine Bougaud, last year’s team MVP, will join Hwang and Pollet, along with sophomore Alisha Coringham of Pickering, Ont. Expectations are high for this season as Dubeau expects the Martlets to challenge for a top three placing in the RSEQ, with the Redmen considered to be a top five pick in the 11-team circuit.
After the season-opening tourney, McGill’s next events will be held at the Carleton University Invitational in Ottawa (Sept. 13) and the Queen’s Invitational in Kingston, Sept 14.
McGill Sports Info Office