AYLMER, Que. — Juliette Pollet, a native of Brussels, shot rounds of 78 and 79, leading the McGill University women’s golf team to finish second of five teams at the Gatineau Golf Club in the RSEQ conference golf circuit opening tournament, hosted by UQAO, Aug 26-27.
On the men’s side, McGill had a disappointing showing on both days to finish tied for 10th of a dozen schools.
The top three women count towards the team scoring and the Martlets trio — comprised of the aforementioned Pollet, along with Valentine Bougaud from Cali, Columbia and Alice Hwang of Orlando, Fla. — showed that they were a force to be considered in this year’s RQSE circuit.
Bougaud shot 84 the first day but rebounded to lead the field on Day 2 with a fine 76. Caroline Ciot of the Montreal Carabins was low medalist with rounds of 79-77(157), one shot better that Polllet and three better than Bougaud who was fourth.
The university season is comprised of seven rounds with teams and individuals earning points for their placing in each round. The Martlets placed second on each day at the UQO event, while the Montreal Carabins were first each day. Laval was third on Day 1 and tied with McGill on Day 2.
In men’s play, the only bright light on McGill’s five-man team was Justin Smith, a sophomore from Toronto, who posted scores of 80 and 75 on the final day to place 11th overall in the 76-man field.
Andrew Reill,a McGill freshman from Salt Lake City, shot rounds of 83 and 79, with four double bogeys in his second round. The team score was ranked seventh on Day 1 (328) and 10th on Day 2 (331).
Laval’s Pierre-Alexandre Bedard shot rounds of 72 and 67 to claim the low medalist award, leading the Rouge et Or to finish first overall. They rallied from third place in Round 1 to lead the field after the second round.
“I was relatively happy with our women’s results but expected our men’s team to post lower scores than the final tally indicated,” said Robert Dubeau, in his 10th season as head coach at McGill, who indicated that some roster changes are possible with a series of trials being held during the week of Sept. 3 allowing new candidates to show their skills to the coaching staff.
The Montreal Carabins won the women’s division with a two-round team score of 476, followed by McGill (498), Laval (501), Bishop’s (571) and Concordia (601).
In the men’s team scoring, Laval finished first of 12 schools with 598, followed by Concordia (602), Montreal (605), ETS (616), UQAM (620), Bishop’s (625), UQAO (626), UQAC (649), UQTR (653), McGill (659), Sherbrooke (659) and UQAR (665).
The next event for McGill are a couple of non-conference tourneys at the Carleton Invitational in Ottawa (Sept. 13) and the Queen’s Invitational in Kingston, Sept.14. Conference play resumes at the McGill Classic, slated for Sept. 20-21, at Le Victorain Golf Club, located at Mirabel, just north of Montreal.
McGill Sports Info Office