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Southwood Golf & Country Club to host top Canadian university/college talent

WINNIPEG, Man. – Canada’s top university and college golfers will convene at Southwood Golf and Country Club, from June 2-6 to compete in the twelfth playing of the Canadian University/College Championship, conducted by Golf Canada.

The Canadian University/College Championship is a showcase of the finest university and college golf programs in Canada. The event was created with the intention of giving the top Canadian university and college golfers the opportunity to compete for a national championship, as well as acting as the Canadian team qualifier for the World University Golf Championship. 

This year marks the first time The University of Manitoba has been host to this national golf event. In all, 155 male and female golfers from post-secondary institutions across Canada will vie for both team and individual titles at the par-72 Thomas McBroom designed Southwood Golf and Country Club.

“We are so thrilled to welcome the best university and college golfers to Southwood. At first sight, this seemingly flat course appears calm. When Mother Nature decides to be the equalizer you will experience prairie winds that meet no resistance,” said Gordon Hudson, Host Club Tournament Chair. “Our volunteers are eagerly looking forward to making the 2014 Canadian University/College Golf Championship a memorable one for these great players.”

The field will be comprised of 19 men’s and 11 women’s teams as well as 155 individual competitors. Following the third round, the field will be reduced to the top 10 men’s and the top six women’s teams, as well as any teams and individuals within 15 strokes of the lead.

“The field at this year’s Canadian University/College Championship shows the talent we have in collegiate golf across the country,” said Tournament Director Mary Beth McKenna. “This course will surely challenge the players and should provide a true test for the winning teams and individual medalists.”

On the men’s side, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds will look to defend their title after securing a 21-stroke victory over Université Laval Rouge et Or at the 2013 Canadian University/College Championship at Club de golf Val des Lacs in Ste-Sophie, Que. Returning players for the Thunderbirds include, Conner Kozak and Scott Secord, along with Jack Wood.

In the women’s team division, the Université de Montreal Carabins will look to capture their second straight championship. The squad will be led by Sabrina Sapone, 2013 Individual Women’s Champion, alongside Caroline Ciot, Véronique Fortin-Latreille and Sarah-Andréa Landry. The Carabins will look to defend against the Thunderbirds who will be vying for their 10th women’s team title since the championship originated in 2003. 

Individually on the women’s side, Sapone returns to defend her six-stroke victory over the University of Victoria Vikes Megan Woodland in 2013. Sapone recently competed on the Canadian Women’s Tour in Parksville, B.C. where she finished tied for 34th against a strong field of professional and amateur players. In the Men’s division, Ugo Coussard of the Université Laval Rouge et Or will not return to defend his individual title from last season.

 Golf Canada and Southwood Golf and Country Club invite spectators and media to attend the 2014 Canadian University/College Championship. The event is open to the public and admission is free for the duration of the championship.

The following teams and individuals will be competing in the 2014 Canadian University/College Championship, conducted by Golf Canada. For a full listing of team rosters and individual players, click here.

Men’s Teams:
University of Victoria Vikes 
University of Alberta Golden Bears 
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 
University of Calgary Dinos 
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 
Western University Mustangs 
University of Toronto Varsity Blues 
University of Guelph Gryphons 
University of Waterloo Warriors 
Brock University Badgers 
University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 
Humber College Hawks 
Grant MacEwan University Griffins 
Université Laval Rouge et Or 
École de technologie supérieure Piranhas 
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes 
Université de Montréal Carabins 
University of Manitoba Bisons 
McMaster University Marauders

Women’s Teams:
University of Victoria Vikes 
University of Alberta Pandas 
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 
University of Toronto Varsity Blues 
University of Waterloo Warriors 
Western University Mustangs 
Carleton University Ravens 
Université de Montréal Carabins 
Université Laval Rouge et Or 
University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds

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