The Bison golf team competed in the three round, rain-shortened 2009 RCGA (Royal Canadian Golf Association) Canadian University/College Championship. After all three rounds, the Bison men’s golf team finished in 16th place (out of 20 CIS schools) with a combined score of +84. In a tightly bunched group, the Bisons had a tough third round and were only six strokes back of 13th place finisher University of Western Ontario and four strokes back of a tie for 14th with University of Calgary and Holland College.
For the Bison men, the final tournament results had Jesse Skelton as top Bison with a +17 score (tied for 32nd overall) and 14 stokes back of second and 20 back of first place. Nathan Wazney was second for the Bisons at +19 (T-39th) followed by Ryan Cook at +22 (T-52nd), Eric Johnson with a +26 score (T-71st) and Bobby Wiebe at +30 (T-81st) among 103 golfers. On the par 72 course, the low round by a Manitoba golfer was Wazney firing a 75 (+3) in the second round.
In the 2009 season, the women’s team won the St. Cloud State University Husky Classic to finish the season, the fourth tournament title in the nine year program’s history. They also had a third place in the Cobber Open and fourth in the Concordia Invitational. For the men’s team, a split squad opened the season with a second and third at the Concordia Invitational and another split squad went tied for second and seventh at the Bemidji State Invitational plus the NDSU Erv Kaiser Invitational. The men’s side also had a fifth place at St. John’s Fall Invitational, ninth at Frank Wrigglesworth Blugold Collegiate Invitational and ended the season with a tied sixth at the Twin Cities Classic.
Individually, Mindy Lichtman became the first Manitoba Bison women’s golf player to earn the Smitty’s Bisons Sports weekly honour. She finished the week with an individual victory at the St. Cloud State University Husky Classic that ran from October 4-5. Lichtman led the Bisons to a first place finish among five schools and was the tournament winner after posting a +13 score on the Par 72, 5849 yards St. Cloud Country Club course. She defeated 25 other golfers after she fired a final round 75 (+3), the best score by any player in the whole tournament. She earned the victory after being in a tie for second and three shots off the pace before the final round. Earlier this 2009 season, Lichtman had two other Top 10 finishes when she was tied for seventh at Concordia Invitational and a tie for fourth at the Cobber Open.
Faye Zachedniak was fourth and Lauren Rousseau was tied for fifth at the St. Cloud State University Husky Classic. Lindsay Stewart was tied for second at the Concordia Invitational and fourth at the Cobber Open.
Nathan Wazney became the first Manitoba Bison golf player to earn the Smitty’s Bisons Sports weekly honour. He started the week with an individual victory at the NDSU Irv Kaiser Invitational that ran from September 21-22. Wazney led the Bisons to a second place finish among eight schools and was the tournament winner after posting a -5 score on the Par 72, 6833 yards course. He defeated 48 other golfers after he posted a final round 69 (-3) and birdied the last hole to win by one stroke. He was consistent throughout the three rounds, as he started with a 70 (-2) and 72 (E) score before he winning third round. Wazney was one of only three golfers in the field to break par during the NDSU Irv Kaiser Invitational. Earlier this 2009 season, Wazney earned a tie for ninth at Concordia Invitational and a tie for 15th at the Bemidji State Invitational.
In the one day tournament, Bobby Wiebe was tied for first with a -2 score at the Twin Cities Classic plus was tied for ninth at the Concordia Invitational. Jesse Skelton was tied for sixth at the Bemidji State Invitational, tied for seventh at the Concordia Invitational, eight at the NDSU Irv Kaiser Invitational and ninth at the St. John’s Fall Invitational. Eric Johnson was also was tied for sixth at the Bemidji State Invitational. Riley Unger was fourth and Ryan Cooke was sixth at the Concordia Invitational.