THE University of Manitoba Bisons men’s golf team relied on its depth to stay in contention for the overall team title after the second round at the Canadian University/College Golf Championships Wednesday.
The Bisons were the second best team of the day at minus-1, six strokes better than their opening round at the Southwood Golf and Country Club. Manitoba is currently in third place with a score of 4-over. They trail the leading UBC Thunderbirds (minus-6) by 10 strokes and the second-place Western Mustangs by one shot.
Manitoba captain Josh Wytinck proved his leadership ability by shooting 1-under 71, the best among his Bisons teammates. The round gave Wytinck a score of plus-1 on the week, tied for tenth place on the individual leaderboard.
"Being a veteran (and) being here for five years and playing so many events, I personally want to be one of the low guys on the team," said Wytinck, a fifth-year education student. "Being the captain it’s important for me to contribute as much as I can."
The talented Manitoba roster proved to be a difference-maker. The three other scores that counted toward the team total came from Scott Mazur (minus-1), Brodie Gobin (even) and Bryce Barr (plus-1). To the team’s surprise, fourth-year arts student Charlie Boyechko, who led the way Tuesday, ballooned to a 76.
"That’s one of the things that has made our team so good is that we have so much depth, so Charlie didn’t have his best day but everybody else came through," said coach Garth Goodbrandson. "When your fifth score that you’re throwing away is a 76 you know it’s been a very good day."
Boyechko’s round was a struggle.
"I hit the ball really well but missed a lot of short putts and that kind of went into the other areas of my game and I didn’t score all that well," said Boyechko, who struggled late in the round by picking up double-bogeys on Nos. 11 and 16.
Boyechko is 1-over for the tournament and currently sits in a tie with Wytinck for tenth place on the individual leaderboard.
"It’s a very respectable score, he had two bad holes," said Goodbrandson. "These things happen and besides that he had a few putts that just didn’t drop, but he’s playing good and he’ll be fine tomorrow."
Scott Secord from the UBC Thunderbirds leads the individual race at 11-under. Secord tied the course record with a 7-under 65.