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Hurricanes golfers on hunt for national championship in Quebec

October 15, 2013

The Hurricanes men's golf team (from left to right). Justin Shanks, Eric Locke, Brett Wilson, Mathieu Arseneault and Neal Ryan.

The Hurricanes men’s golf team (from left to right). Justin Shanks, Eric Locke, Brett Wilson, Mathieu Arseneault and Neal Ryan.

Tariqah Walikraam is the 2013 ACAA women's individual champion.

Tariqah Walikraam is the 2013 ACAA women’s individual champion.

The Holland Hurricanes varsity golfers are in Quebec City this week for the 2013 CCAA PING National Golf Championships at the Royal Quebec Golf Club, hosted by the St. Lawrence Lions. The event welcomes the top golfers from the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association member schools. The Hurricanes and St. Thomas Tommies are the two entrants from the ACAA.

The Hurricanes arrived on Sunday evening and have spent Monday and Tuesday preparing for the event through practice rounds and time spent on the practice range. The first round kicks off on Wednesday. The event is a three round tournament.

The Hurricanes are represented by Eric Locke (Digby, Nova Scotia), Mathieu Arseneault (Campbellton, New Brunswick), Neal Ryan (Antigonish, Nova Scotia), Brett Wilson and Justin Shanks (Sussex, New Brunswick) on the men’s side. On the women’s side Tariqah Walikraam (Bermuda) is entered as an individual for the Hurricanes.

In last year’s event, the men’s Hurricanes finished in sixth place in the team competition while Eric Locke led the way, finishing in sixteenth position in the individual championship. Walikraam finished in seventh place in the women’s individual competition.

The Hurricanes have their eyes on a higher finish this year entering the event seeded in second place in the men’s national rankings, the ‘Canes have also had a spring and summer of good performances to build off of.

In May the men’s Hurricanes made the cut for the first time at the Golf Canada national championships when they competed against the top universities and colleges in the country. The team finished in eighth position in the event highlighted by Eric Locke’s fifth place finish as an individual. After record setting performances in the teams seven round qualifier, and a perfect three-for-three in ACAA tournament and individual victories, the team is ready to go with arguably the strongest roster in the programs history.

Scoring updates can be seen by visiting www.ccaa.ca beginning on Tuesday morning.

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