McMaster, Niagara looking for gold in Thornhill’s golf holes

McMaster University and Niagara College will carry the area colours into the Canadian University/College Golf championships which start Monday.

Mac and Niagara have teams enterded in the men’s division for the five-days event which runs from May 29 to June 2 at the Thornhill Country Club. In all, 155 male and female golfers from post-secondary institutes from across Canada will compete for team and individual titles as well as chance to represent Canada at the 2006 World University Games in Torino, Italy. The field will be comprised of 21 men’s and 10 women’s teams with the championship getting underway with a practice round and opening ceremonies on Monday, May 29. In the men’s division, the University of Victoria Vikes will count on four returning players to lead the charge in defence of their 2005 title. The Vikes will be looking to capture their third title in four seasons.

On the women’s side, the University of British Columbia (UBC) will return looking to uphold their undefeated mark in championship play. With the event now in its fourth year, UBC has yet to see the championship trophy travel off its campus. London’s University of Western Ontario is hungrier then ever having placed runner up twice since 2004 and will look to topple UBC’s reign.

The team championship will involve five-player teams competing over 72 holes of stroke play. After the third round of play, the field will be cut to the low 10 men’s teams and low four (4) women’s teams. Any team within 15 shots of the lead will also make the cut.

A full listing of players, starting times and post-round results can be found on the RCGA website at

Also competing in the championship will be the six post-secondary institutes who receive funding from the RCGA Foundation. The RCHA is conducting the tournament. These schools include: University of British Columbia, Humber Institute of Technology, Université Laval, University of Manitoba, University of Victoria and host University of Toronto. The fund was developed to aid Canadian colleges and universities create and develop first-class competitive golf programs giving top young golfers the opportunity to pursue their studies in Canada while continuing to strengthen their games.

“This championship continues to grow and has a strong showing of educational facilities from across Canada,” said Brent McLaughlin, RCGA director of amateur competitions. “The response from post-secondary institutions has been outstanding and Thornhill will be a true test for these student athletes to prove that the Canadian educational system can produce top golfers.”

As part of the RCGA’s Pathway to Champions, both the male and female achieving the low score after 54 holes (three rounds) of play will earn an exemption into the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and the 2006 Royale Cup Women’s Amateur Championship respectively.

Following the championship, a selection committee will also meet to determine the golfers who will represent Canada at the 2006 World University Games in Tornio, Italy this summer.