McMaster’s Jason Wellings crowned Men’s University golf king

THORNHILL, Ont. – McMaster University’s Jason Wellings took individual honours in the men’s division of the Canadian University College Golf Championship.

The Flamborough resident had a four-round total of 285 after putting together scores of 73-68-72-72 on the Thornhill Country Club. Wellings’ second round 68 was tied with Humber’s Ryan Willoughby for the lowest score on the par-71, 6,562-yard course.

With his top finish, as part of the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s Pathway’s to Champions, Wellings earns an exemption into the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, set for the Mississaugua Golf Club in Mississauga, Ont, Aug. 12-18.

Coming in second in the individual competitions was Todd Halpen of the University of Victoria. Halpen was two strokes back but his Vikes team walked away with the team title, their third in four years.

Victoria’s team totalled 1,179 over the four-days of play which featured challenging hot weather and lightning storms. Second place in the men’s team division went to Humber, two strokes back at 1,181. University of Manitoba was third, carding 1,190.

The McMaster team of Robert Clayden (82-81-80-79),
Michael Gowan (91-80-82-77), Mike Matunin (74-76-73-77), Marcus Vujacic (76-75-80-79), and Wellings, finished sixth with a 1,214 total.

The most decisive win was recorded by the University of British Columbia’s women’s team which won its fourth straight national crown. They dominated the fairways and finished with 1,293. In second was The University of Western Ontario, 85 strokes back at 1,378. McMaster did not have a women’s team entered.

A total of 153 male and female golfers from post-secondary institutes from across Canada competed this week in Thornhill. The goal of the championship is to give Canadian players a chance to compete for a national championship on home soil and encourage golfers to pursue their studies in Canada while continuing to strengthen their games.

Sometime the week of June 5, Canadian Interuniversity Sport will name the athletes who qualified for the World University Golf Championship, scheduled for Septemebr 5-9 in Torino, Italy.