Griffins Golf Swing to Bronze at Nationals
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
10/19/2012...Toronto, Ontario - Grant MacEwan University Griffins women’s golf team captured a bronze medal today as the 2012 PING CCAA Golf National Championships which concluded at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club and hosted by Durham College in Oshawa. Ontario.
With a three-day total of 515 behind 179-166-170 scores, the Edmonton school finished behind Holland College Hurricanes, 168-174-167 for 509 and UBC Okanagan Heat at 162-165-174 for 501.
Red Deer College Queens finished 8th in women’s team play with a 679 on day scores of 232-217-230. The Queens had a bronze medal finish in 2008 and 2007.
Last time the ACAC medaled in CCAA Golf Championships was 2010 with the Lethbridge Kodiaks.
“Our goal was to finish in the top three and we did that,” said a proud Griffins coach Jodi Campbell. “We have developed the type of players that can compete at nationals. None of these other teams are slouches and for our girls it was pure determination and desire.”
In women’s individual play, Griffins Teammates Sydney Johnson-Parker and Megan Vermillion tied for 10th place in a field of 26 with a three day total of 258. Johnson-Parker shot an 84-87-87 while Vermillion had a 93-82-83. Griffins Rachel Whyte was next high ACAC finisher at 269 with a 92-87-90.
Valérie Tanguay of Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions captured the overall title with a 220 total five shots ahead of second place Katherine Gravel-Coursol of CÉGEP Lionel-Groulx.
Held since 2000, ACAC women have only medaled once with Whitney Townsend of Mount Royal College Cougars swinging to bronze in 2001.
For complete women’s individual results check the CCAA scoreboard.
Lethbridge Kodiak’s Mitchell Matichuk was the top ACAC finisher in men’s individual standings tied for 19th with three other golfers finishing with a three-day total of 228 shooting an 82-76-70.
Matichuk shot six birdies and 31 pars.
Only one other golfer, Robert Ellis of Niagara College Knights, shot a 70 on the final day of competition. He ended up with a silver medal in men’s overall individual competition with the gold medal going to Colton Kalkanis of Georgian College Grizzlies edging Ellis out by one stroke shooting a three day total of 76-70-71 for 217.
Next for ACAC men was Grant MacEwan University Griffins Kevin Piper with a 229 total on a 70-83-76 performance good enough for a tie for 22th also with three other golfers. Piper’s first-day round of 70 was best among the 76 golfers on opening day with three birdies and 14 pars.
Third highest finisher for the ACAC was Taylor Jetten of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks at 83-73-75 for a 231 and tied for 26th.
The ACAC has medaled only three times in CCAA men’s individual history with Mount Royal College Cougars Andrew Montgomery gold in 2001 and bronze for Phil Kondrak and Kolby Kniel in 2009 and 2009 respectively.
For complete men’s individual results check the CCAA scoreboard.
In men’s team competition, won by Humber Hawks with an 879 total behind 296-286-297, the top ACAC finisher was the Griffins in seventh 921 with 300 – 315 – 306 day totals, Lethbridge Kodiaks in ninth, 933 total 327-307-299 and Medicine Hat Rattlers in 15th with 351-328-322 for a 1001 total. Griffins had three eagles and two birdies.
Cougars, now members of the CIS, medaled in men’s team in 2000 with a silver and bronze 2001.
Humber college has captured men’s team gold a record 10 times.
Of Humber College’s domination in the annals of CCAA golf, Campbell stated: “We kind of give them a hard time as they are Goliath of the CCAA in that they have such a solid program and a lot of top amateur players want to go there. That is what we are trying to do and the main difference is that we are only in our fourth year.”
Grant MacEwan University Griffins Kevin Piper with a 229 total on a 70-83-76 performance was good enough for a tie for 22th with three other golfers at the 2012 PING CCAA Golf National Championships which concluded today at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club and hosted by Durham College in Oshawa. Ontario. Piper’s first-day round of 70 was best among the 76 golfers on opening day with three birdies and 14 pars.
Photo courtesy CCAA website