UWO women off to B.C. for nationals

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Getting no funding from the university won't prevent Western's women's golf team from a trip to the national championship.

Golf coach Alan Edmunds said yesterday the women's team, which has a budget of $30,000 a year, has raised enough money to head to Duncan, B.C., for the Canadian university-college golf championship June 6-10.

Some of that funding comes from the players, who pay $3,000 to play on the team. The team also receives a $2,500 grant from the Royal Canadian Golf Association and money from corporate donors.

The team will arrive a week early to begin practising for the championship.

They are also competing in a tuneup competition Saturday at Toronto Ladies Golf Club.

"A priority for our team is the national championship," said Edmunds, who is a teacher at Western and golfer at Sunningdale, where the team has free playing privileges. "It's the pinnacle of competition in this country. You've got to do it. The players knew from the beginning this was the plan."

Western men's coach Jim Waite said last week his team could not afford the $9,000 cost to attend the championship. Waite said he didn't think it was right to ask the team to foot the bill. He still hopes a former Western student or corporate friend might "jump in and take it on."

Western offers financial assistance to Tier 1 and 2 sports but golf is a Tier 3 sport.

The Western women have finished third and second the past two years in the national championship. The team travelling to Duncan, B.C., consists of Edmunds' daughter Lindsey, Michelle Dunkel, Christan Bosley, Sue Gleeson and Margaux Ullett. Last fall, the team was undefeated in competition against Ontario teams and also won two NCAA tournaments and came third in another.

"We think we'll be right in the mix again this year but with team play, it's hard to predict because we don't play against the teams we'll be up against. . . . We think we'll be in the top three."


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