Canada will make its third appearance in the world university games this summer and a golfer from the Bay of Quinte region will be part of the action.
Jessie Mercer of Plainfield (located just north of Belleville on Highway 37) will be part of the six athlete, two staff team that will represent Canada in golf at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea which begins today, July 3 and runs until July 14th. The official golf competition rounds begin on July 8th with medals presented on July 11th. 72 holes of play are scheduled.
The 4-time MVP at the University of Western Ontario, will be joined by University of Waterloo’s Devon Rizzo of Waterloo, Ont., as well as University of Victoria’s Brynn Tomie of Bedford, N.S. on the Women’s squad.
Mercer, a familiar face on the St. Lawrence Junior Tour through the years as well as a pro shop staff member at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, is looking forward to the competition. She recently finished 9th at the Canadian University/College Championships.
Mercer, a first-team OUA All Star and 4-time MVP at Western is a graduate of the Quinte Secondary School.
The women’s team will be led by coach Robin Stewart from the University of Alberta, while the men’s squad will be mentored by Chris Bertram from Fraser Valley. The pair teamed up at the 2014 FISU world university championships in Switzerland, where Stewart guided the Canadian men to fifth position in the standings and Bertram led the women to an 11th–place finish.
On the men’s side, all three Canadians heading to South Korea (Russell Bowie, Dylan Cave, and Aaron Pauls) cracked the top 10 at Golf Canada’s university nationals, with Bowie and Pauls finishing second and third, respectively, while Cave tied for 10th position.
Pauls was also at the FISU world championships in 2014, where he placed 17th.
In its first two appearances at the Universiade golf competition, Canada finished 12th in the men’s standings in 2007 and improved to eighth in 2011, while the women were 13th in their first go-around before slipping to 15th in China.
Japan (men) and Taiwan (women) hope to defend their team titles at the Gwangju tourney which will be played at the Naju Gold Lake Country Club.
Name University Hometown
Jessie Mercer Western Plainfield, Ont.
Devon Rizzo Waterloo Brantford, Ont.
Brynn Tomie Victoria Bedford, N.S.
Name University Hometown
Russell Bowie Queen’s Mississauga, Ont.
Dylan Cave Waterloo Kitchener, Ont.
Aaron Pauls Fraser Valley Chilliwack, B.C.
Position Name University Hometown
Women’s Coach * Robin Stewart Alberta Valleyview, Alta.
Men’s Coach Chris Bertram Fraser Valley Chilliwack, B.C.
* Also team leader
Summer Universiade website: www.gwangju2015.com
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2015/index