Canadian University/College Championship

Western and Laval hold lead heading into final day at Canadian University/College Championship

KOMOKA, Ont. – The skies remained overcast, and Western and Laval stayed on top of the leaderboard for the third consecutive day in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, at the Canadian University/College Championship at FireRock Golf Club Thursday.

The Western University Mustangs maintained their lead atop the standings after round three, thanks to Charles Fitzsimmons, who shot an even-par 72 and Jackson Bowery, who signed a 1-over-par 73 scorecard. The Mustangs now sit at 8-under for the tournament, six shots ahead of the University of Victoria Vikes. At one point in the day, the Mustangs’ lead over the Vikes was 12 shots.

“I’m thrilled with the way we’ve played this week,” said Western men’s golf head coach Jim Waite. “We played superbly the first two days. We hit a bit of a hiccup today, which brings us back to the field. It will be on us tomorrow to do it again with people behind us.”

In the women’s team division, Laval’s Catherine Gariépy and Anais Galas both shot four-over on day three, helping to maintain the Rouge et Or’s cushion over the field. The three-time defending champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds are six shots behind Laval, at 40-over.

“I feel they’re doing great,” Laval women’s head coach Kevin Bergeron said of his players. “They’re driving really well. It’s a course where you need a good drive and they’re hitting a lot of greens in regulation.”

Fitzsimmons continues to lead the men’s individual competition at 7-under, but two of his opponents rocketed up the leaderboard. Mackenzie Dasti (Ontario Tech University) now sits one shot back after shooting 4-under 68, and Baptiste Mory (Laval) is at 5-under.

In the individual women’s division, Gariépy of Laval leads by two strokes after carding a 4-over 77 in round three, and the leaderboard is tight behind her. Sukriti Harjai (University of Victoria) and Shania Remandaban (University of British Columbia) sit at 11-over on the tournament, two shots back of Gariépy heading into the final round.

The Women’s and Men’s Individual winners receive an exemption into their respective Canadian Amateur Championship.

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Amateur Canadian University/College Championship

Western and Laval lead tight leaderboard after round one of Canadian University/College Championship

KOMOKA, Ont. – Under overcast skies, the Canadian University/College Championship got underway Tuesday at FireRock Golf Club, resulting in a  three-way tie for the lead in the men’s division. Kate Johnston of the University of British Columbia (UBC) paced the women’s division, ending the day with a one-stroke advantage.

Charles Fitzsimmons of the Western University Mustangs shot 3-under par 69 to share first place, helping the Mustangs take control of the men’s team championship, while Catherine Gariépy paced the Université de Laval Rouge et Or women to first place, with a 1-over 74.

Playing a mere 15 minutes from their London, Ont. campus, the Mustangs are four strokes ahead of the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks and the Université de Laval Rouge & Or. Western is 2 under par after round one.

Three players are nose-to-nose in the men’s individual championship. Fitzsimmons, Michael Harrison (Augustana University) and Jaron Brown (Wilfrid Laurier University) all signed off on 3-under scorecards, establishing a one-stroke lead over the field.

UBC’s Kate Johnston of Ayr, Ont., fired an even-par 73, finishing one shot ahead of Gariépy in the women’s individual competition. A UBC Thunderbird has won the individual women’s title in each of the last three years.

Shania Remandaban (UBC), Laura Upenieks (University of Toronto) and Sukriti Harjai (University of Victoria) each carded 4-over 77, and are T3 behind Johnston and Gariépy.

Laval hold a one shot advantage over the Thunderbirds in the women’s team competition. The Rouge & Or collectively registered 15-over-par 234 in round one.

The individual champions in the women’s and men’s competitions receive exemptions into their respective Canadian Amateur Championship.

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Top-5 Men’s – Team

  1. Western Mustangs, *143-143-286 -2
  2. Laurier Golden Hawks, *148-142-290 +2
  3. Laval Rouge et Or, *143-147-290 +2
  4. UBC Thunderbirds, *145-147-292 +4
  5. Waterloo Warriors, *144-149-293 +5

Top-5 Men’s – Individual

  1. Jaron Brown, Laurier Golden Hawks, *35-34-69 -3
  2. Charles Fitzsimmons, Western Mustangs, *35-34-69 -3
  3. Michael Harrison, Augustana Vikings, *34-35-69 -3
  4. Jackson Bowery, Western Mustangs, *36-34-70 -2
  5. Gordon Gibson, Toronto Varsity Blues, *35-35-70 -2
  6. Cameron Griffin, Humber Hawks, *34-36-70 -2
  7. Nicholas Workun, Ottawa Gee Gees, *37-33-70 -2

Top-5 Women’s – Team

  1. Laval Rouge et Or, *115-119-234 +15
  2. UBC Thunderbirds, *116-119-235 +16
  3. Victoria Vikes, *119-118-237 +18
  4. Waterloo Warriors, *123-125-248 +29
  5. Montréal Carabins, *121-129-250 +31

Top-5 Women’s – Individual  

  1. Kate Johnston, UBC Thunderbirds, *35-38-73 E
  2. Catherine Gariépy, Laval Rouge et Or, *34-40-74 +1
  3. Sukriti Harjai, Victoria Vikes, *38-39-77 +4
  4. Shania Remandaban, UBC Thunderbirds, *37-40-77 +4
  5. Laura Upenieks, Toronto Varsity Blues, *39-38-77 +4