The final round of the 2014 PING CCAA Golf National Championships were washed out Friday. Heavy rain was forecasted throughout the week in Quebec City and the surrounding area and Mother Nature finally forced the cancellation of Round 3. The event was shortened from 54 holes to 36.
As a result, the Holland Hurricanes captured their first-ever CCAA National Championship title in the men’s division. All-Canadian Eric Locke led the Hurricanes to a tournament-best overall score of 286. Holland placed three shots ahead of the Camosun Chargers to earn gold.
The defending champion University of the Fraser Valley Cascades were forced to settle for bronze, six strokes back of the Hurricanes. The host Lions finished one-shot back of a medal.
Locke, meanwhile, tied for fourth individually. Brett Wilson (T-7), Justin Shanks (13th), Neal Ryan (T-17) and Luke Allen (T-39) also contributed in the Hurricanes victory.
The host St. Lawrence Lions saw their streak of six straight individual women’s champions come to an end, but the women’s team celebrated the team title on Friday after a commanding 9-shot victory.
The defending champion University of the Fraser Valley Cascades took silver, two shots ahead of PACWEST rivals UBC Okanagan.
In men’s individual play, Jarred Callbeck of Camosun College fired rounds of 68-70 for a one-shot victory. Callbeck had a 36-hole total of 138 to sit at 6-under.
Hugo Bernard (139) of Cégep André-Laurendeau fired a 68 in difficult conditions on Thursday which earned him a silver medal. Adam Poulin (140) of Champlain St. Lawrence finished third at 4-under. An impressive total of 10 golfers were under par after two rounds.
In women’s individual play, Lorelle Weavers of Niagara College fired back-to-back 77’s to capture gold with a two-round total of 154. Weavers finished ahead of St. Lawrence Lions teammates Noémie Ouellette (156) and Océane Jacques (158). Carolyn Lee of UBC Okanagan also finished at 158. Two bronze medals were awarded. Of the nine female All-Canadians, eight placed in the Top 10.
The St. Lawrence Lions had previously won gold in women’s individual play in each of the last six seasons.
At the Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet, the CCAA announced the tournament All Stars. Men’s winners included Callbeck, Bernard, Poulin, Étienne Papineau (St. Lawrence Lions), Locke and Grant Maskiewich (Camosun Chargers).
Women’s All Stars were Weavers, Ouellette, Jacques and Lee.
Recipients of the PING Fair Play Awards were Brennan Smith of St. Lawrence College Kingston and Elizabeth Stewart of MacEwan University.
The 2015 National Championships will be hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley.