Nick Galbraith wants the world to know that there is a golf team at Concordia,
and that any aspiring players should think about joining the squad next
All the universities have tons of players out there, said
Galbraith, 22. We had four people who ended up playing this year
I think Laval showed up with a team of 15.
While they may have been small in numbers, it didnt stop Galbraith
from finishing second at the provincial championships, held the last week
of September at La Venise Golf Club just outside of Sherbrooke. He shot
rounds of 74 and 74 to finish just one shot out of first place.
I actually thought I had won the tournament, said Galbraith.
I kind of took it easy on the 18th hole and thought a bogey would
be good enough to win. Well, it wasnt.
When a couple of students approached Concordia Vice-Rector Marcel Danis
last year with the idea of forming a golf team, he was all for it. All
they needed was a little funding and a coach. Les Lawton, who is
entering his 20th season as head coach of the womens hockey team,
decided to add golf to his coaching resumé, although he says he
administers the golf team more than he coaches them.
The golf team doesnt fall under the umbrella of the Recreation and
Athletics Department and receives no funds from the university, although
Galbraith says the team does have some sponsorship. Members of the team
include Brent LeCraw, Nick Poplemon, J.F. Mercier and Galbraith.
During the teams first year, they travelled to Ottawa for a qualifying
event for the World University Golf Championships, which were played in
Ireland. While none of the Concordia golfers advanced, they did place
two in the top 20 in a field of 64. This past season, Concordia hosted
its own tournament at the Hemmingford Golf and Country Club in August.
Most people on campus dont know we even exist, Galbraith
said. We want to spread the word that golf is alive and well at
the university. We just need a few more able bodies.