Double bogey: Golf the second school sport to be cancelled

B.C. high school golf provincials cancelled, regular season up in the air, while fate of track-and-field provincials await

Vikes golfer Megan Woodland

With a heavy heart, Claremont secondary teacher Darren Reisig spoke about the April 25  cancellation of B.C.’s high school senior golf A, AA and AAA provincials. The tournaments had been scheduled for May 29 to June 1 in Surrey, Radium and Kamloops, respectively.

The cancellations are part of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation protest against Bill 22.

Mountain biking was the first casualty, announced on April 24, while boys rugby, badminton, tennis and girls soccer were voted to continue on. As of Monday (Aprli 30), the fate of track and field was still being decided.

Reisig is hoping the upcoming Victoria Police Tournament for Lower Island high school golfers won’t be cancelled. As many as 72 golfers are expected for the shotgun tourney, Wednesday at Olympic View Golf Club on the West Shore.

“I hope people honour their commitment to the police tournament just because so much work has gone into it already,” Reisig said.

As of last week, Reisig was in the process of trying to find out if there is enough of a reason to hold the Lower Islands, including the AAA.

Though high school golf in B.C. is not among the top sports for getting athletes post-secondary scholarships – in the way that basketball and volleyball do – it all helps, Reisig said.

Golfers swing into UVic

Golf’s cancellation was a non-factor for a pair of Grade 12 Reynolds secondary golfers, Matthew Broughton and Sean Hay, in terms of earning post-secondary financial assistance. Both committed to the Vikes for the 2012-13 season.

School success story

Former Claremont golfer Megan Woodland, now a third-year golfer with the University of Victoria, is in the midst of an outstanding varsity career and is a recipient of financial assistance for her success both on the greens and academically. Woodland recently finished first overall at a tournament in Arizona and is the Vikes 2011-12 female athlete of the year.