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Lions look to keep streak alive

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Lions look to keep streak alive

Sept. 8, 2014 – The host team from Champlain St. Lawrence will look to keep an incredible streak alive at the 2014 PING CCAA Golf National Championships.

The tournament, which returns to Quebec City for the second straight season, will be held Oct. 14-17 at the Lorette Golf Club.

Each of the last six national women’s champions have come from St.

Lawrence. Lions golfers Anne-Catherine Tanguay (2008, 2009), Josée Doyon (2010, 2011) and Valérie Tanguay (2012, 2013) all captured gold medals in individual competition.

“Our success over the last six years on the women’s side has been extremely positive for our program,” said Christian Brosseau, Student Activities Coordinator at St. Lawrence.

Despite the individual success, Brosseau would love to see the women’s team compete for a team title. In recent years, St. Lawrence has been unable to field a complete team. “This year might be different,” said Brosseau. “We will have a complete women’s team for the first time since 2009, which is the last time we won the team championship banner,” he said.

Leading the way for the Lions will be veteran Nicole Tieman, a transfer student from John Abbott College. Tieman’s experience at the nationals last year will be a welcome addition to the team. St. Lawrence has also added two solid rookies in Noemie Ouellette and Oceanne Jacques.

One team that will be more than happy to return to La Belle Province is the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, who dominated the 2013 national championships.

Last October, the Cascades captured gold in both the men’s and women’s team events at the Royal Quebec Golf Club. They also hauled in two silver and two bronze medals in individual competition.

“We are all really excited to get back to Quebec City,” said UFV golf coach Chris Bertram, the reigning CCAA Coach of the Year. “It was a pretty special week for us last year, and so this will be kind of a homecoming for our team,” he said.

One player Bertram will be counting on once again this season is veteran Aaron Pauls, who earned an individual silver medal in 2013.

Both Pauls and Bertram participated in this summer’s World University Championships in Switzerland. Pauls and the men’s team placed fifth, while the women’s squad, coached by Bertram, finished 11th.

Pauls’ evolution as a golfer has been steady and strong throughout his time in the UFV program and Bertram believes his recent experience at the Worlds will be beneficial as his quest for individual CCAA gold continues this fall.

“I think what that experience did for Aaron was give him a chance to prove to himself that he can compete on a world stage,” said Bertram. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Aaron make even bigger strides in golf in the months and years ahead,” he said.

While the Cascades have lost a key veteran in Darren Whitehouse, who is moving on to law school, Bertram is excited about a few new recruits, including Connor McLellan, who will help fill in the gap nicely.

McLellan, a freshman at UFV, held off a charging Pauls to win the Cascades tryout tournament in August. “Our program is in a good place again this year,” said Bertram. “Connor winning our tryout tournament was a nice surprise, but not totally unexpected given his junior record. I can see him contributing right off the bat,” he said.

On the women’s side, UFV’s Jennifer Woods, a silver medalist and an All-Canadian in 2013, returns to lead the Cascades women’s team in their title defence.

Meanwhile, the Lorette Golf Club, which is in its 94th year of existence, is thrilled to host such a prestigious event as their centennial anniversary approaches.

According to General Manager Luc Harvey, the CCAA national championships and Lorette are a perfect fit.

“We are committed to creating opportunities for young people to get involved in the sport, said Luc Harvey. “That includes running junior programs, offering special rates for students and serving as a training center for colleges and universities.”

Lorette, a par-72 course which measures 6,604 yards, has hosted several national, provincial and regional championships so they’ll be ready come Oct. 14.

“Preparations are well underway and we will be ready to host Canada’s top collegiate golfers,” added Harvey.

The CCAA works in partnership with Golf Canada to establish consistent regulations and practices across national championships and to grow and develop the sport in the post-secondary system.

2014 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

ACAA: Oct. 4-5 at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI

RSEQ: Sept. 27-28 at Cégep de Sorel-Tracy in Sorel-Tracy, QC

OCAA: Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Fleming College in Peterborough, ON

ACAC: Sept. 27-28 at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB

PACWEST: Oct. 4-5 at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC

The Lorette Golf Club

The CCAA is a national sport organization that enriches the lives of student-athletes through intercollegiate competition.

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