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Dasti, Dirk look for gold

UOIT golfers off to Barrie to compete in the Canadian University/College Championship hosted by Golf Canada

For the third straight year, UOIT will be represented at the Canadian University/College Championship conducted by Golf Canada.

MacKenzie Dasti, a third-year commerce major from Oshawa, and Nicklaus Dirk, a fourth-year nuclear engineering major from London, earned individual spots in the national field by their placement at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) provincial championship last fall.

At last year’s national championship at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Dasti missed the cut by just two strokes. At the OUA championship hosted by UOIT at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, Dasti finished in a tie for eighth place overall, earning a spot on the OUA second all-star team.

This will be Dasti’s third straight appearance at the national championship. Last year he landed a spot in the top 30 the Morningstar Championship Golf Club in Parksville, B.C. Dirk competed in the event two years ago at Cutten Fields in Guelph alongside Dasti, but the duo failed to make the cut.

2017 marks the 15th playing of the event, which was established in 2003 by Golf Canada to give the country’s best college and university golfers a chance to compete at a national championship. The Georgian College Grizzlies will host the event, which runs from May 29 to June 1 at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club.

“We are thrilled to welcome the best Canadian student golfers to Tangle Creek. We’re looking forward to a competitive championship, and showcasing our beautiful course,” states host club tournament chair Mackenzie Cuthbert, in a news release. In 2016, the University of British Columbis (UBC) Thunderbirds swept the championship, winning all four events. It was the first time in the tournament’s history that a school has won the men’s and women’s team and individual events in the same year. The 72-hole stroke play competition will feature 19 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams from across the country vying for the national championship titles.