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Better results for Rattler golfers on Day 2 of nationals

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Better results for Rattler golfers on Day 2 of nationals Courtesy CCAA

Through two rounds of the 2015 PING CCAA Golf National Championships, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades at Chilliwack Golf Club, the Niagara Knights men’s team and the Humber Hawks women have established themselves as the front-runners.

The Knights own a three-stroke edge atop the men’s team standings heading into Friday’s third and final round. Niagara has accumulated a total of 570 strokes through Thursday’s action, good for six under par. The PacWest champion Camosun Chargers (573) are right on their heels, though, and closed the gap by four strokes on the day. The Georgian Grizzlies (579) are another six strokes behind Camosun.

On the women’s side, Humber has opened a 10-stroke margin on the UBC Okanagan Heat, having amassed 316 strokes through two rounds. The Georgian Grizzlies are third at 329.

After an okay first day the Medicine Hat College golfers all had better days or at least improved their standing.
In the men's Mitchell Kurtz  of the Rattlers is tied for 48th at +10. (80, 74-154). Jesse Florkowski is tied for 60th with a +14     (82, 76-158)
Danielle Blackmer had an equally good day Thursday and sits 11th. She has a +28 (86, 86 172).
Taylor Hallas is at +61 (104, 101 205) and sits 24th. According to the Rattlers' Facebook, the 101 was the best round she has shot this year.

In the men’s individual standings, Stephen Brown of the Lambton College Lions takes a two-stroke lead into Friday’s final round. He fired a five-under 67 on Thursday to finish the day at eight under par. Brown was 10-under at one point, but bogeyed two of his last four holes to come back to the field a little bit at the end of the day.

A trio of golfers are two strokes back of Brown - Étienne Papineau of the Champlain St. Lawrence Lions, Matt Lemay of the Georgian Grizzlies, and Brady Stead of the Camosun Chargers. Papineau’s seven-under 65 was the low round of the day.

First-round leader Connor O’Dell of the host UFV Cascades saw his fortunes change in Round 2 – he shot a six-over 78 to slip into a tie for 13th at one-over for the tournament.

Carolyn Lee of the UBCO Heat surged to the top of the leaderboard in the women’s individual competition, shooting a four-over 76 on Thursday. She sits 11-over for the tourney, good for a five-stroke lead over Humber’s Sonia Nagindas, who led after the first round. Katie Griffiths of the Red Deer Queens (+17) is in third place, six strokes back of Lee.

The final round tees off at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time on Friday at Chilliwack Golf Club.


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