McMaster’s Wellings leads Men’s University golf division

THORNHILL, Ont. – McMaster’s Jason Wellings takes a one stroke lead into the final round of play at the Canadian University College Golf Championship today (June 2nd). The Flamborough resident has posted scores of 73-68-72 for his 213 total on the par-71, 6.562 yard Thornhill Country Club. Todd Halpen of the University of Victoria is one shot back and in third place, at 216, is Winnipeg’s Brad Kirton in the men’s individual competition.

Wellings and his McMaster teammates (Mike Matunin, 74-76-73; Marcus Vujacic, 76-75-80; Robert Clayden, 82-81-80; Michael Gowan, 91-80-82) stood in seventh place with a 909 total. Victoria leads the pack at 881.

The University of British Columbia leads the women’s division with a comfortable 966 score. London’s University of Western Ontario is second at 1044. McMaster is not entered in the women’s division.

When the competition started, 153 male and female golfers from post-secondary institutes from across Canada took to the fairways. The field was cut to low 10 male and low five female teams after the third round. In addition to the team and individual titles up for grabs, a chance to represent Canada at the 2006 World University Games in Torino, Italy is also on the line. Those games are set for September 5 – 9 and Canada will send 21 men’s and 10 women’s teams.

Additionally as part of the RCGA’s Pathway to Champions both the male and female achieving the low score after four 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.