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Western blasts the competition, Happy Gilmore style

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

While most of Western was sleeping in or going to lectures last Friday, the men's and women's golf teams rose early and were on the greens at Sunningdale Golf Club, competing at their own invitational tournament.

Both teams won the tournament, the men's team defeating nine other universities with a combined score of 280, while the women's team won the tournament with 155.

"80 is an unbelievably low score -we think it's the lowest score that's been done at one of these tournaments by university teams, so we're really thrilled for our team," explained Mustang men's coach Jim Waite.

"I couldn't do anything wrong -[we had] great weather, it was sunny and there was no wind so it was perfect conditions for shooting low. I just hit the ball real solid and made those birdy puts when I had too," said Mustangs' men's team captain Pat Lindsay, who scored six under par with a score of 66 to claim first place.

Lindsay pointed out the competition at the tournament was very tough and there were more golfers out there. "This is by far the most competitive year and this is my third year playing. There's a lot of good players -a lot of guys came back from scholarships in the [United] States so it's a good field out there. The course played pretty easy, there wasn't a lot of wind so the scores were pretty low today," said Lindsey Edmunds, who came third in the individual women's category with 79 strokes, after Guelph's Jennifer Beattie and Western's Michelle Dunkel, who finished the Invitational with a 76.

"The ladies played very well," said women's coach Alan Edmunds. "We had 15 women playing in the event -there's been tremendous improvement since last year and we have many more women playing in all of the events."

The men's and women's teams competed in a NCAA tournament last week before the Invitational at Sunningdale. Edmunds pointed out the women's team came second overall among the American teams. "The nice part of the whole deal was that they were able to go down there and not feel like they were out of place," he noted.

"It was a good experience -it was the first year we've done that," Lindsay said. "The American teams are real good and they're all on scholarships so they're good golfers. We played very well though; we were the top Canadian team. The toughest decision we've got to make is which five of these seven guys we're going to take to the [OUA Championship] because they all could go. We think whichever five we pick will have a real run at it," Waite said on what is to be the team's next obstacle at this season's OUA golf championship in Guelph.



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