OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Wednesday the six student-athletes and two staff members who will represent Canada in golf at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).
Golf will make its third appearance at the biennial world university games. The sport made its Universiade debut in 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, and was also on the program in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.
On the women’s side, the red and white roster is comprised of Western University’s Jessie Mercer of Plainfield, Ont., University of Waterloo’s Devon Rizzo of Waterloo, Ont., as well as University of Victoria’s Brynn Tomie of Bedford, N.S.
The men’s lineup is made up of Queen’s University’s Russell Bowie of Mississauga, Ont., University of Waterloo’s Dylan Cave of Kitchener, Ont., and University of the Fraser Valley’sAaron Pauls of Chilliwack, B.C.
The women’s team will be led by coach Robin Stewart from the University of Alberta, while the men’s squad will be mentored by Chris Bertram from Fraser Valley. The pair teamed up at the 2014 FISU world university championships in Switzerland, where Stewart guided the Canadian men to fifth place in the standings and Bertram led the women to an 11th–place finish.
Tomie will be one of the players to watch in Gwangju. She captured the individual women’s title at Golf Canada’s Canadian university/college championships last month in Guelph, Ont., and had placed 43rd at the 2014 FISU championships.
For her part, Rizzo is the only member of the Canadian contingent with previous Universiade experience as she finished 42nd in 2011 in China. Like Tomie, she competed at last year’s FISU championships, where she ranked 46th.
Mercer was ninth at the recent Canadian university/college championships.
On the men’s side, all three Canadians heading to South Korea cracked the top 10 at Golf Canada’s university nationals, with Bowie and Pauls finishing second and third, respectively, while Cave tied for 10th position.
Pauls was also at the FISU world championships in 2014, where he placed 17th.
In its first two appearances at the Universiade golf competition, Canada finished 12th in the men’s standings in 2007 and improved to eighth in 2011, while the women were 13th in their first go-around before slipping to 15th in China.
The best Canadians four years ago in Shenzhen were Mark Hoffman of Humber College (27th / +1) and Anne Balser of the University of Victoria (30th / +3).
The best Canadian individual performances at the Universiade were achieved in Bangkok in 2007. Humber’s Michael Zizek finished 15th in men’s action and UVic’s Christina Spence placed 27th in the women’s tournament.
Japan (men) and Taiwan (women) hope to defend their team titles at the Gwangju tourney which will run from July 8 to 11 at the Naju Gold Lake Country Club.
Name University Hometown
Jessie Mercer Western Plainfield, Ont.
Devon Rizzo Waterloo Brantford, Ont.
Brynn Tomie Victoria Bedford, N.S.
Name University Hometown
Russell Bowie Queen’s Mississauga, Ont.
Dylan Cave Waterloo Kitchener, Ont.
Aaron Pauls Fraser Valley Chilliwack, B.C.
Position Name University Hometown
Women’s Coach * Robin Stewart Alberta Valleyview, Alta.
Men’s Coach Chris Bertram Fraser Valley Chilliwack, B.C.
* Also team leader