Québec showered with gold and silver
Montréal, August 11, 2017 – In golf, it was a Québec sweep of the podium at the Southwood Golf and Country Club, in Winnipeg, where the 13th Final of the Canada summer Games was held. In the girls’ division as well as in the boys’, individually or as a team, the Québec athletes captured the gold in every category. The cherry on the top is a silver medal in the boys’ individual competition.
An unstoppable boys’ team
The Québec boys’ team was composed of Christopher Vandette, Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan, and Antoine Roy. They were absolutely unbeatable and gave absolutely no chance to other provinces as they won the team competition with -14, a 6-stroke lead on British Columbia that ranked second. Our golfers turned out to be extremely supportive of each other and embodied team spirit, vividly expressing their pride of representing their province.
Young phenom of the year, Christopher Vandette of Summerlea who is already the provincial amateur and junior champion as well as the Canadian juvenile champion, just added a seventh victory to his 2017 golf record as he was crowned in the individual boys’ competition of the event. He started off the Games with a bang with a first round of 67 (-5) and maintained his lead throughout the tournament. His teammate, Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan of Cap-Rouge, gradually made his way up, one round at a time, to eventually tie for second with -3 at the completion of the final round. He had to measure up to Tristan Mandur of British Columbia over two holes of sudden-death playoff before earning the silver medal.
Impressive female golfers
In the girls’ division, Céleste Dao led her Québec teammates, Sarah-Ève Rhéaume and Brigitte Thibault, to the top step of the podium. They simply were invincible and breezed seamlessly through the four rounds of the tournament. The Québec team was crowned at the Canada Games for the first time in history. “The Canada Games cannot compare with any other tournaments that we usually play in. We were always cheering and motivating each other, boys and girls. We are all very proud of this opportunity that was given to us to represent Québec,” explained Céleste Dao in an interview.
Provincial amateur and junior champion, Céleste Dao is the rising star of the Summerlea Golf and Country Club. She continued to build on her winning streak of the season by winning the gold in the individual girls’ competition of the Canada Games. Her four rounds of 72-71-71-69—283 (-5) brought her to set foot on the top step of the podium. Brigitte Thibault of Club Laval-sur-le-Lac tied for sixth with +12 while Sarah-Ève Rhéaume of Royal Québec tied for ninth with +18. A special mention goes out to Sarah-Ève who broke the record of the best round registered by a girl in the Canada Games as she played 68 (-4) in her first round of the event.
Two dedicated coaches
The six Québec golfers benefited from the advice and support of two exceptional coaches who supervised them throughout their preparation within the few months leading to the Games. Daniel Langevin, Provincial Coach and Head Coach of the Golf-études program, and Sarah-Andréa Landry also deserve the honour of these 5 medals.
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