By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The final 15-foot putt of fifth year University of Victoria Vikes women’s golfer Brynn Tomie clinched the Canadian University/College Golf Championship title for the Bedford, N.S. native. With all eyes on Tomie on the 18th, the senior sank the putt that not only made her just the fourth-ever Vike to win this title but it also brought the Vikes one stroke ahead of UBC to take second place in the team standings.
Following in the footsteps of Vikes golfers and national champions Christina Spence Proteau (2007, 2008), Anne Balser (2010) and Megan Woodland (2014), Tomie now becomes the fourth Vike to win the Canadian University/College Championship, formerly known as the RCGA National Championship. This year’s event was hosted May 26-29 at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ont.
Tomie was in the final women’s group of the day, which included co-leader Caroline Ciot of Montreal. Ciot made a long putt on the 16th hole to nab par and send the pair into the 17th hole tied. On 17 Tomie hit a well-placed iron shot and proceeded to roll in a 12-foot putt on the par-3 hole.
On 18 Tomie was shot of the green after her first two shots but chipped it 12-15 feet past the hole with a downhill left-to-right putt left to go.
“I just pulled up as Brynn was lining up for her putt and all the girls were on the edge of the green not really knowing what was on the line,” described Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Brynn rolled it in and everyone was cheering and so emotional. She has put so much into the program over the last five years and in the fall this was all she was really looking at. It was a combination of her hard work and determination over the past few years that has made this possible.”
It was literally Tomie’s last shot as a Vike that capped off her career in blue and gold.
“My heart was pounding so hard but somehow I (made the last putt) robotically,” described Tomie. “I read the putt. I took my time on it and I hit it. I can barely remember doing that but it caught the bottom lip and went in. I knew when it went in I won but I didn’t know that we got second as a team so that was an amazing thing to be added on top of that.”
The Vikes finished second overall with a fourth-round score of 227 and an overall score of 75-over par, 927. Montreal held a three-shot lead winning the event with a 72-over par, 924 score. UBC finished third with a 76-over par, 928 score.
Tomie shot 4-over par today and finished 16-over par, 300, just one stroke ahead of Montreal’s Ciot. Laval’s Alexandra Pelletier also shot 75 today and finished third 20-over par, 304.
“I couldn’t have finished my career with UVic any better,” said an elated Tomie on her final tournament as a Vike. “I am so happy. I am not sad about my Vikes career ending because it couldn’t’ have been better finish. On the 18th I said to (assistant coach Alison Quinlan” this is my last hole as a Vike.”
First-year Vike Brianna Carrels finished her Canadian Championship tied for seventh with UBC stand out Reagan Wilson. Both carded 76 today and finished 25-over par, 309. Michaela Abey finished 19th after a 76 in Round 4 and an overall score of 38-over par, 322. Laura Ferreira finished 25th after an 82 today and an overall score of 47-over par, 331.”The team chemistry this week was really good,” added Clews on the team’s bounce-back from their performance at the NAIA Championship. “The girls felt really prepared and despite finishing second it was a really strong performance. Despite the ups and downs over the week they were really backing each other and continued to improve as the days went on. There was a lot of hardwork put in this year and I think the ending was really positive.”
Despite her UVic playing career being over, Tomie still has more golf on the horizon as the Canadian champion will now prepare for her third appearance at the World University Games following her previous appearances in 2012 in Liberec, Czech Republic and 2014 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.