The Canada West Golf Championships took place this past weekend, with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds taking home the championship.
The U of M Bisons men’s team finished the weekend at beautiful Squamish Valley Golf Club tied in fifth place with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat — impressive considering the competition they had to square up against.
This gave the men’s team the same result they had last year at the championship.
Fourth-year Bison Cameron McIntyre led the way with a ninth-place finish, while teammates Stefan Lavallee and Cole Peters finished 15th and 16th respectively.
The Bisons women’s team also played well this past weekend. Marissa Naylor finished at a solid 12th place, while Dayna Dubnicoff tied at 25th. After their impressive showing at this year’s tournament, McIntyre and Naylor were each awarded for their efforts. Both golfers were crowned Bison athlete of the week.
Fellow Bison Connor Stewart also impressived in Squamish, shooting a two-day 10 over par, tying him at 30th on the leaderboard.
Stewart started his golf career at St. Paul’s High School before joining the Bisons. He has now been with the squad for four years and has taken advantage of the opportunities he’s been given.
Golf is a game that requires constant practice, day-in and day-out. When asked about his ability to continually develop, Stewart recognized that.
“I think what I attribute to my improvement is being at the golf course almost every day and constantly working on my game and the parts that I consider my weaker parts,” Stewart said.
Overall, the Bisons had a great season of golf. The team’s fifth-place finish capped off a successful year. A bit more rest helped the team stay focused on training and get ready for the championship.
“This year was different from other years because we normally go to the U.S. for tournaments, but this year we stayed in Canada,” Stewart said.
“We also played in a few less tournaments compared to a normal year.”
With golf being a very mental and physical game, it is important to train well and effectively. You train for the sport that you play and golf is no exception. Stewart described how he spends his summer focusing what he does on the course.
“During the summer, I don’t do much other than running and stretching,” Stewart said.
“During the winter, I hit the gym every day and I mostly just do strength training. Other than the gym, I try and get in about an hour of practice every day during the summer and in the winter about three days of the week I try and hit some balls.”
Most golfers also play other sports during their off-season, as long as they get in some practice when they can.
“My off-season will consist of hitting the gym almost every day and I’m also playing hockey,” Stewart said.
“Over the winter I’ll try new concepts with my swing and work on bigger swing changes that I wouldn’t want to do over the summer.”
The Bisons are set to play next on Oct. 10 and 11 in the Battle at the Bear tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna, B.C.