MONTREAL - The McGill men's golf team has qualified for the 2012
national university and college championship tournament, to be
played at the Cordova Bay Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., May 28 to
June 1. McGill earned its berth based on its results in the Quebec
University golf circuit in the fall of 2011.
This marks the fourth time in six years that McGill has played
at the Nationals. Their last participation was in 2009 when the
event was also played in Victoria.
The tournament is a 72-hole event, featuring five golfers per
team, played over four days.
''Our goal at the beginning of the year was to qualify for the
Nationals and I am proud that the team has reached this objective,"
said McGill head coach Bob Dubeau, who learned of
the qualification from Golf Canada this week.
McGill's team includes sophomores Brian Neill
of Ottawa and Ryan Boyd of Montreal West,
Yannick Schuwey, a first-year exchange student
from Switzerland. Also making the grade is Benoit
Miquel, a civil engineering freshman and sophomore
Tom Calvet, both natives of France.
Competition is expected to be very strong in Victoria. Defending
champion Humber College has also qualified. along with runners-up
UBC and Laval, in addition to perennial contenders Victoria,
Western, Waterloo and the Montreal Carabins.
A new qualification system developed by the Canadian Golf
Coaches Association was approved by Golf Canada last October and is
in effect for the 2012 tourney. The system is based on regional
qualification during the fall. In the men's division, the Ontario,
Quebec and Canada West conferences are each allocated four berths
while the Atlantic region received one berth. The men's field of 20
teams also includes the host team, four top teams from the 2011
college championships and two wild cards selected by the Coaching
Joining McGill from the Quebec conference are Laval, Montreal
and UQTR. A similar qualifying format is in effect for the 12-team
women's division, which will include Laval and Montreal.
The championship is organized by Golf Canada and one of the
seven major annual events managed by golf's national governing body
in Canada. The tournament is sanctioned by the CIS as a national
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