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Fifth year Michaela Abey, second year Andrew Funk and head coach Justin Clews of Vikes men and women’s golf have been selected to represent Canada at the upcoming 16th FISU World University Golf Championships at Planchetorte Golf Club in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, from June 23 to 26, 2016.

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Abey, an Abbotsford, B.C. product, will join Kristen Lee of the University of Alberta and Alexandra Pelletier of Université Laval on the women’s side while Victoria, B.C.’s Funk will play alongside Gajan Sivabalasingham and Dylan Cave of Waterloo for the men. Clews will serve as the head coach of the women’s side at this year’s FISU Championships.

“I feel that the student-athletes we have on our roster this time around have the ability to duplicate or better those results,” said Robert Stewart, Head of Delegation for this year’s FISU championships. “Gajan and Dylan from Waterloo both have experience representing Canada at large international competitions, and Andrew has been one of the leaders on a very strong University of Victoria team this year.”

“On the women’s side, Alexandra from Laval has been one of the best female players in Canadian university golf over her career and is a great competitor. Michaela has been one of the best golfers for the Vikes over the last number of years and Kristen is the best female golfer that has ever played at the University of Alberta.”

All three women’s team members had impressive showings at the 2015 Canadian university/college championships at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ont. (May 26-29), where Pelletier claimed the bronze medal. Lee and Abey finished 17th and 19th in the women’s standings, respectively. In men’s action, Cave shot a 68 in the final round to finish in a tie for 10th position, while Sivabalasingham and Funk tied for 31st.

Since Canada’s first FISU championships appearance in 2002, the country has posted three top-five finishes on the men’s side, including fourth in 2006 (Italy), fifth in 2010 (Spain) and fifth in 2014. The Canadian women have placed eighth on three occasions, including in 2002 (Taiwan), 2004 (Thailand) and 2010.

Individually, the best Canadian results in history belong to Durham College’s William Mitchell in men’s action (8th in 2006) and UVic’s Anne Balser in the women’s tournament (12th in 2010).

CANADIAN ROSTER

Women
Michaela Abey                      Victoria                     Humanities     
Kristen Lee                            Alberta                       Business
Alexandra Pelletier                Laval                           Political Science

Men
Andrew Funk                      Victoria                        Social Sciences
Gajan Sivabalasingham       Waterloo                    Mathematics & Business
Dylan Cave                           Waterloo                    Geoscience

Head of delegation: Robin Stewart (University of Alberta)
Women’s coach: Justin Clews (University of Victoria)
Men’s coach: Brad Sims (University of Waterloo)

ALL-TIME CANADIAN RESULTS AT FISU GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

2014 (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)
Team rankings (women): 11th (17 teams)
Team rankings (men): 5th (17 teams)
Best individual result (women): 23rd, Megan Woodland, University of Victoria
Best individual result (men): 10th, Scott Secord, University of British Columbia

2012 (Liberec, Czech Republic)
Team rankings (women): 10th (16 teams)
Team rankings (men): 9th (19 teams)
Best individual result (women): 16th, Megan Woodland, University of Victoria
Best individual result (men): 20th, Charles Côté, Laval University

2010 (Malaga, Spain)
Team rankings (women): 8th
Team rankings (men): 5th
Best individual result (women): 12th, Anne Balser, University of Victoria
Best individual result (men): 10th, Garrett Rank, University of Waterloo

2008 (Sun City, South Africa)
Team rankings (women): 12th (13 teams)
Team rankings (men): 7th (14 teams)
Best individual result (women): 23rd, Christina Spence Proteau, University of Victoria
Best individual result (men): 20th, Andrew Robb, University of British Columbia

2006 (Turin, Italy)
Team rankings (women): 13th (14 teams)
Team rankings (men): 4th (15 teams)
Best individual result (women): 35th, Danielle Greene, University of Toronto
Best individual result (men): 8th, William Mitchell, Durham College

2004 (Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand)
Team rankings (women): 8th (9 teams)
Team rankings (men): 10th (11 teams)
Best individual result (women): 24th, Jana Haggins, University of British Columbia
Best individual result (men): 26th, Jim Zwolak, Humber College

2002 (Taoyuan, Taiwan)
Team rankings (women): 8th (8 teams)
Team rankings (men): 10th (10 teams)
Best individual result (women): 28th, Jill Hardy, University of Manitoba
Best individual result (men): 33rd, Jason Horsley, Camosun College