Lions Come Back From Golf Nationals with Individual Gold and Team Silver

Anne-Catherine Tanguay sank a birdie put on the 18th hole of the last round to win gold in the individual championship, while helping her team win the silver in the team standings.

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

Anne-Catherine Tanguay sinks winning birdie putt, as Maggie Trainor (runner-up) watches on. 

The Cegep Champlain St. Lawrence golfers were in Charlottetown, PEI, last week to take part in the CCAA Golf Open Championships.  The women, who were absent from the championship last year, were the most successful, bringing back a silver medal in the team standings and a gold in the individual standing.  The team, lead by Anne-Catherine Tanguay, made their presence felt from the first day of competition.  Anne-Catherine shot a 75, while teammate, Anouk Charbonneau shot a 77, for a combined 152, only 2 shots behind defending champions Humber College.  The two golfers from St. Lawrence shot identical scores in the second round, consolidating their second place, but Humber shot an excellent 144 increasing their lead to 10 strokes.  In the third and final day, both teams shot a combined 154, giving Humber the Gold and St. Lawrence the silver.

In the women’s individual chase for Gold, the final day got a whole lot more interesting. Playing as a twosome were the leaders going into the day Maggie Trainor from Humber and Anne-Catherine Tanguay from Champlain St. Lawrence. Trainor had a four-shot lead going in the day’s action, but Tanguay made up the difference quickly shooting a one-under par 35 on the front-nine. The two players battled back and fourth on the back nine, playing great golf hitting fairway after fairway and green after green.

Trainor and Tanguay came to the 18th tee tied for the lead. Anne-Catherine put her approach shot 5 feet away from the hole to put pressure on the Humber golfer, who put hers about 30 feet from the pin.  After missing her birdie attempt, Trainor could do nothing but be witness to Anne-Catherine’s birdie putt drop in the hole. 

On the men’s side, the Lions finished 6th in the team standings, with a combined 914, 34 shots behind winners Thompson River University and 18 strokes out of a medal.  In the individual standings, Charles Cote was the top Lion, shooting a total of 219, only two shots behind the winner Shawn Vanderwal of TRU.  Charles had two solid first rounds, shooting even par (72) in both, but he had a few problems on the last 9 holes, committing a double-bogey on 17 to take him out of the running.

This result is a very good one for St. Lawrence, especially that every single golfer who participated in this year’s championships is back next year, and there are a few promising golfers coming up the ranks for next year as well.