Ali Baggott

May 31: Day 4 of the Canadian University/College Golf Championship (Komoka, Ont.)

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The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team had two strong final rounds but it was not enough to catch the impressive UBC and Western sides that had a tight battle to the top on the fourth and final day of the 2019 Canadian University/College Golf Championship hosted at Firerock Golf Course in Komoko, Ont. The T-Birds came from behind to take the men’s division, erasing a nine-stroke deficit, to hoist the banner. The Vikes finished six strokes back of Western to take the bronze.

RESULTS

The Vikes collectively shot a 285 through their final round to finish 5-under-par after four rounds. Behind them was Fraser Valley (+7) and Laval (+8). First-year Vike Robin Conlan continued to impress finishing just shy of the podium with a 6-under-par score after four days. Conlan was right in the mix, just two strokes back of leaders Charles Fitzsimmons of Western and Jackson Bowery of Western who finished 8-under-par. Harrison of UBC was 7-under-par, while Conlan was 6-under-par and Guelphs Josiah Dixon and Bishop’s’ Ben Chasse tied for fifth at 5-under-par.

“The men battled hard out there today but unfortunately came up short down the stretch,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Overall, a pretty disappointing team finish as we dropped a spot down to third place. However, we have a much younger team this season and I’m really proud of these guys and how they competed in this event.”

UBC’s Harrison drained the winning birdie putt on the first playoff hole (the 18th) to win UBC’s first men’s team championship since 2016. The men’s individual division featured a packed leaderboard, with four players having a share of the lead at one point on the back nine. A playoff was needed to separate Charles Fitzsimmons and Jackson Bowery, both of Western. The duo were sitting at 8-under-par 280 after 72 holes before Fitzsimmons went on to win the playoff on the first hole, which was the 18th.

“We have a really bright future and we will only be stronger next season,” added Clews, whos team graduates just fourth year Jake Hamilton. “Another great tournament for Robin and he will be a great leader for our program for the next two seasons. John also with a solid round today, and another bright spot for the team as he finished his first year off with a high note.”

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3  – Victoria (297-281-284-285: 1147) -5
4 – Robin Conlan (76-68-68-70: 282) -6
T14 – John Morrow (75-75-70-69: 289) +1
T17 – Josh Miller (76-70-73-71: 290) +2
T24 – Max Murchison (73-68-73-78: 292) +4
T37 – Brandon McManus (73-75-73-75: 296) +8

Top-5 Men’s – Team

  1. UBC Thunderbirds, *292-280-293-276-1141 -11
  2. Western Mustangs, *286-279-291-285-1141 -11
  3. Victoria Vikes, *297-281-284-285-1147 -5
  4. Fraser Valley Cascades, *295-288-280-296-1159 +7
  5. Laval Rouge et Or, *290-288-287-295-1160 +8

UBC wins defeats Western on the first playoff hole.

Top-5 Men’s – Individual

  1. Charles Fitzsimmons, Western Mustangs, *69-68-72-71-280 -8
  2. Jackson Bowery, Western Mustangs, *70-70-73-67-280 -8
  3. Andrew Harrison, UBC Thunderbirds, *72-68-73-68-281 -7
  4. Robin Conlan, Victoria Vikes, *76-68-68-70-282 -6
  5. Josiah Dixon, Guelph Gryphons, *72-67-74-70-283 -5

Charles Fitzsimmons defeats Jackson Bowery on the first playoff hol