Komoka, Ont. – The warm temperatures equalled the performances on the course on Wednesday. The University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds women’s team continue their lead, while the University of Victoria Vikes and Université Laval Rouge et Or (Laval) are tied atop the men’s division after two rounds of the 2023 Canadian University/College Championship presented by BDO.
Despite the warm conditions, Western University’s Lexie McKay shot 2-over, 75, on day two at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont., to hold her spot in second place on home turf. “It’s really nice to be in London and at home, I get to sleep in my own bed which is really nice. I was able to come out here last week and play a few rounds so it feels good to be at home,” said McKay.
Yesterday, McKay shot 1-under, 72, to get off to a comfortable start in the championship, “My goal this week was to try and stay calm and stick to one hole at a time which seemed to work for me yesterday. Then today I seemed to get a bit ahead of myself around the turn. I slowed down and was able to make it back on 18, but it was definitely a grind today out here with the weather,” said McKay.
McKay added, “I plan to not get ahead of myself. Go home, hangout with the team, try not to think about it too much because if I get ahead of myself then things don’t go right. It’s kind of just getting through it as best as you can with the weather, focus on nutrition and do your best.”
McKay and the rest of the field are chasing Sonja Tang (UBC Thunderbirds) who followed up a strong opening round with a 3-under, 70 on Wednesday. Tang currently sits atop the women’s individual leaderboard at 8-under, nine ahead of McKay who sits at 1-over.
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s team continue to lead the team championship, sitting at 3-under after two days and hold a 24-shot lead heading into Thursday.
On the men’s side the University of Victoria Vikes shot a collective score of 283 to sit 3-under for the championship and are tied with Laval going into the third round on Thursday.
Liam Mosher (Victoria Vikes) shot a 4-under, 68 to move himself into a three-way tie for second in the individual men’s standings. Mosher teed off on the back nine to start his round and got hot, recording four straight birdies and six in total for an opening score of 30. “Sometimes you get in the zone and I’ve made four-in-a-row before and just really tired to stay out of my own way,” said Mosher.
“I liked that back nine, it set up well, I found that if I could put it in the fairway, I could have a few wedges and finally made putts,” added Mosher.
Jackson Jacob (Fraser Valley Cascades) maintains his place atop the men’s individual standings after recording a 1-under, 71 to move himself to 5-under for the tournament and a one shot lead.
After the third round on Thursday, the field will be cut to the top ten (10) men’s teams and the top six (6) women’s teams, including any team within 15 shots of the lead. Individuals within ten (10) shots of third place, including any player within the top 10, will also make the cut.
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Top-5 Women’s – Individual
|1||Sonja Tang||68, 70||-8|
|2||Lexie McKay||72, 75||+1|
|3||Grace Bell||71, 77||+2|
|T5||Khushi Hooda||79, 71||+4|
Top-5 Men’s – Individual
|1||Jackson Jacob||68, 71||-5|
|T2||Justin Allen||73, 67||-4|
|T2||Andrew Rouble||71, 69||-4|
|T2||Liam Mosher||72, 68||-4|
|5||Trey Ross||72, 69||-3|
Top-5 Women’s – Team
|1||University of British Columbia Thunderbirds||210, 225||-3|
|2||University of Victoria Vikes||237, 222||+21|
|3||University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat||230, 234||+26|
|4||Humber College Hawks||232, 234||+28|
|5||University of the Fraser Valley Cascades||237,237||+36|
Top-5 Men’s – Team
|T1||University of Victoria Vikes||290, 283||-3|
|T1||Université Laval Rouge et Or||289, 284||-3|
|3||University of British Columbia Thunderbirds||295, 287||+6|
|4||McMaster University Marauders||295, 292||+11|
|T5||Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks||303, 288||+15|
|T5||University of the Fraser Valley Cascades||299, 292||+15|