Tough Train­ing Camp Brings Out Top Bishop’s Golfers

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Jay, VT

Train­ing­camp was some­thing that was not in the Bishop’s Univer­sity Golf Team’s vo­cab­u­lary prior to 2014. That changed last week when 12 men and three women trav­eled to Jay Peak Resort in Vermont for three days. The team fundraised for the bet­ter part of two years to make the event pos­si­ble. Now they look ahead to their first RSEQ tour­na­ment slated for Aug. 26-27 at Club de Golf Gatineau, hosted by the Univer­sity of Que­bec at Ou­taouais.

Trav­el­ing to Gatineau will be nine play­ers in to­tal. Five men will make up the Bishop’s Univer­sity squad com­pet­ing while one will play as an in­di­vid­ual and the three women will carry the torch for the Lady Gaiters.

The men’s side will have quite the dif­fer­ent look to it than 2013 as three of the five play­ers are new­com­ers. James Huxham (Bea­cons­field, Que.), Martin St-Pierre (Sher­brooke, Que.) and Brad Walsh (Stittsville, Ont.) will all put on the pur­ple and white golf shirts for the first time while vet­er­ans Jake Ste­rio (Toronto) and Spencer Rich­mond (Perth, Ont.) are back. Pa­trick D’Amour (Saint-Lazarre, Que.) is the in­di­vid­ual for the event, also a first timer.

On the women’s side two-time reign­ing team MVP Shan­non Lee Green­shields (Pin­court, Que.) is back af­ter fin­ish­ing in solo sev­enth in the RSEQ a year ago and earn­ing an in­vite to the Cana­dian Univer­sity Cham­pi­onships in Win­nipeg. Third-year play­ers Lind­say Reid (Bea­cons­field) and Jaymie Tucker (Vic­to­ria, B.C.) will join Green­shields as the Gaiters look to go low and move up the stand­ings.

“I think that train­ing camp was very pos­i­tive,” said Marty Rourke, the Gaiters head coach. “The team came to­gether, we had some fun events as well as some se­ri­ous

rounds of golf on a very chal­leng­ing course. Af­ter play­ing Jay Peak I think ev­ery­one our team is ea­ger to get back at it and work hard. I’m re­ally happy with who we have go­ing to Gatineau and am ex­cited to see what the scores will be at our first tour­na­ment. I think we have a great group of play­ers from top to bot­tom and we’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

The Gaiters golf team will head to Gatineau on Mon­day for a prac­tice round at Club de Golf Gatineau prior to their first RSEQ tour­na­ment of the year slated for Tues­day, Aug. 26 and Wed­nes­day, Aug. 27. Fol­low the gaiters progress any­time at www. gaiters.ca or on Twit­ter (@Bish­op­sGaiters).

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