Athletics Review: Swinging Away


As the school year draws to a close so does our athletics coverage. Watch for updates from rugby provincials next week as well as coverage of the Athletics banquet to follow. This week we are graced with an update from John Edgar on golf and our Director of Residence, Keith Driscoll, talks about how sport builds community, what fast food chain he frequented for pre-game meals in high school and the music you might hear on his iPod these days.

by John Edgar

The SMUS golf team was at the Victoria Police tourney at Olympic View Golf Club in Metchosin recently. It was a two-round event with a mid-afternoon shotgun start on day one followed by a very early morning start on day two. Olympic View is a very beautiful and scenic 18 holes of golf — which is a polite way of saying it’s tight, unforgiving and hilly. Having not played the course puts you at a distinct disadvantage, which was the case for one of our golfers. Also, as has been the theme for the year, we were unable to field a full squad due to exams, illness, injury and other assorted commitments. Nevertheless, Simon Hassel, Billy Cheng and Jinsu Park put forth a solid effort. After two days the team ended up in the bottom half of the field as far as results go but with Simon distinguishing himself by carding impressive back to back rounds of 78 and finishing tied for 12th in individual play.

The following week saw the team travel to Qualicum Beach and play in the one-day Island tournament for AA schools. This was played at Pheasant Glenn and served as a qualifier for provincials, with the top three teams advancing. Pheasant Glenn is a very strong 18-hole track with two very different nines. The front nine is played on a treeless reclaimed peat bog and the back winds through a classic west coast style forest. Both are challenging in their own right with the three finishing holes considered by most as the toughest finishing trio of any course on the Island. Once again, due to other commitments, we were unable to field a full team. Leif Skogland, Billy Cheng, Emily Cuell and Jinsu Park made the trip and represented the school admirably. Leif was the highlight for SMUS shooting a 76 for a 6th place individual result. Overall, the team ended up tied for 4th missing a berth in the provincials by one place.

It’s a young and somewhat inexperienced group but with continued commitment and development this group could be formidable in a year or two. Until next time, another quote from SMUS golfing legend IHL, “The older I get, the better I used to be.”

Two Minutes With Keith Driscoll, Director of Residence


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