The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s golf teams were firing on all cylinders this weekend as they hosted the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Championships at the Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club.
On Saturday, through the wind, rain and temperatures barely reaching the nine degree mark, the ‘Canes took tournament leads in both divisions. The men fired a team score of 304 while the UNB Varsity Red’s sat 14-strokes back at 318. St. Thomas University were in third at 344. The women ‘Canes held a commanding lead after posting a two-person team score of 171 while the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams shot 211.
The men’s team was led by Tyson Gavin and Josh Dominie shooting rounds of 74 on day one while Neal Ryan and Connor Shea had scores that counted of 78.
The women’s team saw Karleigh McEwen lead the way with an 82 while Jaylene Holmes-Tang posted a score of 89.
Each day in the men’s division a team will count it’s best four scores from a five-player team while the women count both scores from the two-player team.
On Sunday the weather cooperated providing all players with a great day for golf
With the UNB men’s team poised to make a comeback the Hurricanes had to make sure they were on their games; in the end the Hurricanes fired a second round total of 293 while UNB were 292. The ‘Canes tournament total of 597 gave them a 13-stroke victory.
Neal Ryan led the way in day two with a 70 while Connor Shea had a solid day posting a 72. Tyson Gavin (75) and Luke Allen (76) rounded out the scores for the Hurricanes on Sunday.
On the women’s side the Hurricanes two day score of 352 gave them a 67 shot victory over the Rams. Karleigh McEwen was the individual ACAA champion with her two-day total of 172.
The victories over the weekend were the sixth all-time for the women’s team, also winning in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. For the men this was their tenth straight ACAA conference championship, having won every year since 2006.
The ‘Canes will now turn their attention to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association PING National Golf Championships in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The tournament takes place October 13-16.