GOLF | Leidenius records top ten at Nationals; men’s team finishes tenth
October 23, 2017
It was a solid week of golf for Holland Hurricanes second year player Daria Leidenius who finished in a tie for ninth at the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Golf Championships in Oshawa, Ontario; the Durham College Lords hosted the event at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club.
Leidenius, of Panoka, Alberta, struggled in her first day and sat in a tie for seventeenth entering round two; a better second day moved her up to a tie for thirteenth.
In round three Leidenius posted the third best score of the day to jump up to ninth place with 18-holes remaining; she would ultimately finish the tournament in a tie for ninth position. This is the first top-ten finish for a Hurricanes women’s player since Tariqua Walikraam in 2013.
To top off the week, Leidenius was named a CCAA All-Canadian for the first time on Monday during the tournament awards banquet.
“The CCAA Nationals was a great experience,” shared Leidenius. “The course was in great condition and a challenge each round. I was hitting the ball well all week but what set apart my third round from the others was my short game, specifically my putting. Durham College did a great job at hosting the event and making us feel welcome and I can’t wait until next season when the event is hosted in my home province of Alberta.”
This fall Leidenius was perfect at the conference level, winning the two ACAA invitational events at Mactaquac and Kingswood golf clubs before winning her first career ACAA Championship at the Links at Crowbush Cove.
The men’s Hurricanes represented by Spencer Compton (Morell, PEI), Guillaume Côté-Généreux (Drummondville, QC), Jason Poley (Stratford, PEI), Alex Taylor (Nine Mile Creek, PEI) and Jacob Ward (Burton, NB) entered the event as the number nine-ranked team by the CCAA.
After a difficult first day of scoring the ‘Canes sat in tenth place; they would rebound on day two with their best day of the tournament and jump up to ninth place. Another steady day for round three moved them up to eighth before Friday proved to be a challenge for the Hurricanes as they would fall back to tenth place.
Individually for the men’s Hurricanes Jason Poley would lead the way finishing T26 followed by Alex Taylor (T33), Jacob Ward (T41), Guillaume Côté-Généreux (T48) and Spencer Compton (T52).
“Our team was young this season and we knew that would be a challenge for us when competing against the best collegiate players in Canada,” shared head coach Daniel Cudmore.
“With four of our six travelling players returning next year we knew we were in the position to build for the future and this year would offer our players a great learning opportunity. Our men fell just short of our team goal but I’m proud of their effort. We’re better as a team after last week so we’ll use that to build towards the future, which hopefully includes being in contention in a national championship. The bright spot of the event was the play of Daria (Leidenius). She’s been one of our hardest working student-athletes and it’s great to see her effort finally paid off this season with three conference victories and a top-ten at Nationals against the best players in Canada; we’re very proud of her.”
The University of Fraser Valley Cascades were the big winners of the event taking home the men’s and women’s team titles.
The Hurricanes will now turn their attention towards their off-season program and preparing for the 2018 season. With Leidenius, Poley, Taylor and Côté-Généreux returning to the roster next season the ‘Canes hope to build their program back into a national contender.
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