Nick Quesnel ends golf drought for Laurentian
by Randy Pascal
Following up on a silver medal performance at the OUA Golf Championships last October, Laurentian Voyageurs sophomore golfer Nick Quesnel will end a six year draught for the local varsity program later this month.
The Sudbury native will become the first L.U. representative since 2010 to compete at the Canadian University/College Championship, competing from May 28th through to June 1st at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in Barrie. A path first blazed by John
Atherton in both 2008 and 2009, and Sudburian Matt Bortolotto in 2010, would run dry, prior to the very successful 2016 season that Quesnel would enjoy.
In addition to bringing together 20 top men's teams and an even dozen on the ladies' side, the national event also invited five individual golfers who were not alraedy part of the afore-mentioned field, which is where Quesnel fits in. "I am extremely happy for Nick to have the
opportunity to compete against the country's best post-secondary players," noted Laurentian golf coach Chad Brosseau.
"As significant as this is for the growth of our program, it is even more important to Nick, who was coming off a disapointing rookie season in 2015." A two-time city champion while attending Lockerby Composite, Quesnel also competed at the Canadian
Juniors hosted in Sudbury in 2013, in addition to advancing to the quarter-finals of the championship flight at the 2016 Idylwylde Invitational.
Still, there is something a little unique to this experience. "Playing university golf is much different," suggested Quesnel, in an L.U. issue media release. "Even more than playing for your own individual merit, you're playing for your university, teammates, coaches. It was
great to be able to go out this past season and do well for the team."
"I'm really looking forward to representing Laurentian University, Voyageurs Athletics and the rest of the golf team at nationals." The best L.U. finish to date at the Canadian Championship was the 7th place performance by Bortolotto in 2010 in Fredericton, as the
local also qualified to compete as a top five finisher in the longest drive competition.