Kat Kennedy went wire-to-wire to lead the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to their second consecutive Canadian University/College Championship at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday.
Baptiste Mory helped the Université Laval Rouge et Or hold on to win the men’s division.
The Thunderbirds dominated the field through all four rounds of the tournament. Heading to the final day they sat 41 strokes ahead and on Thursday, they cruised through their final round and finished 70 over for the tournament to successfully defend their 2016 title.
Leading the way for the UBC was Kennedy, the defending champion who led all four rounds to capture medallist honours. Her final-round 78 was the lowest of anyone in the women’s draw and helped her finish 14 over par for the tournament, 15 strokes ahead of field.
“It feels amazing to end my last tournament of my university career on a high note and with a great team,” she said. “It was tough out there today. This was the most wind we’ve had all week, but we just tried to play calm and steady and play our game.”
The men’s division came right down to the wire as the Rouge et Or, the Wilfried Laurier University Golden Hawks and the Thunderbirds were all jockeying for position during the final round.
Eric Flockhart of the Golden Hawks made it interesting on the 18th green when he tapped in a par putt after Mory made bogey, but it proved to be too late as the Rouge et Or walked away with a two-stroke victory at 75 over par for the tournament.
“It’s incredible,” said Mory. “I thought after I made a six on 18 that we were going to go to a playoff, but it managed to be enough. It was very difficult to make the right distance today because of all the wind, but I managed to hang in there for my team.”
The top finisher in the men’s and women’s divisions will get an exemption into their respective Canadian amateur championships and the top three finishers in each division qualify for the Summer Universiade Games, in Chinese Taipei, Taiwan, Aug.19-30.