The Golf Season in can be broken down into 4 phases within an academic year. These phases include Conference Play, a National Championship Weekend, the Golf Canada University/College Championships and the FISU World University Golf Championships in even years and the Summer Universiade in odd years.
Phase 1 - the PACWEST Conference Season
The official Conference season runs in the Fall between September and October. The PACWEST usually hosts four tournaments with the cummulative results used to determine the Provincial Champions in the individual events and the team events. Men's Golf was an original sport with the inception of the Conference in 1970. Golf ran from 1970-71 to 1975-76, 1981-82 to 1992-93, 1994-95 to 1997-98 and finally 2005-06 to the present.
Phase 2 - the CCAA Championship Weekend
The CCAA Golf Championships are a four round championship usually held in the third week of October after each conference season is complete. The host course is predetermined by the CCAA at their Annual General Meeting. Golf at the CCAA level started in the 2000-01 season hosted by Camosun College, Victoria, BC. Although the PACWEST did not return golf to conference play until 2005-06, at the CCAA Nationals, the Championships were an Open Championships which allowed for PACWEST institutions to enter.
This tournament is conducted by Golf Canada and is a showcase of the finest university and college golf programs in Canada.
The event, which includes both male and female competitors, was created with the intention of giving the finest Canadian university and college golfers the opportunity to compete for a national championship, as well as acting as the Canadian team qualifier for the World University Golf Championship. This event is usually held in the Spring around the end of May or early June.
The event is a four round championship. After the third round the field will be cut to the low 10 Male Teams and the low 6 Female Teams. Teams and individuals within 15 shots of the lead will also make the cut.
The Women’s and Men’s Individual winners receive an exemption into their respective Canadian Amateur Championship. The top-three Men’s and Women’s individual finishers qualify for the FISU Universiade Games.
Phase 4 - Universiade or World University Games
The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "olympiad". The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games or World Student Games.
The World University Golf Championships are held in even years and the Universaide is held every odd year. Golf at the Universaide is an optional sport. Golf first appeared at the Universaide in 2007. See Table below
FISU was officially formed in 1949, but its origin goes back to the 1920s when Frenchman Jean Petitjean organised the first 'World Student Games' in Paris in May 1923. The following year, the International Confederation of Students (ICS) associated itself with this movement. From 1925 to 1939, many great sporting events were organised by the students and the ICS: in Prague (1925), Rome (1927), again in Paris (1928), Darmstadt (1930), Turin (1933), Budapest (1935), Paris (1937), Monaco (1939). The Second World War interrupted these meets, but when peace was restored, France re-launched the World University Games.
The peace was relative, and the shadow of the cold war soon divided university sport. In 1946, the International Students Union (ISU) was created in Prague to pursue the works of the International Confederation of Students, and it organised the 9th World University Games in 1947. After those games, the increasing politicisation of the ISU led to a division within the university sports movement. In 1948, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) was created the impetus of Paul Schleimer of Luxembourg, and it launched the International University Sport Weeks in 1949 in Merano, Italy. Other editions followed: in Luxembourg (1951), Dortmund (1953) and San Sebastian (1955). In 1957, the French federation organised a World University Sports Championship which brought together students from the Eastern and Western blocks. From this meet arose the desire to organise a universal event in which students from all over the world could participate.
Over 50 years, more than 300 championships have been organised, covering a large range of events (almost always different from the Universiade sports) and gathering participants from all over the world. Meant to guarantee continuity in the competition programme, these championships take place on even-numbered years and experience an increasing success over the years. They allow a large number of students and university sports leaders to get together on occasions other than Universiades. In 2000, 20 World University Championships were held in different places for different sports, attracting 3,623 participants. In 2002, 24 World University Championships were held, attracting 4,228 participants from 83 countries. In 2010, 27 championships were staged, bringing together 4,431 participants. For 2014, 29 WUC were attributed.
This history leads us to today where Golf is one of those World University Championships. Often considered as an elite sport, golf has lately drawn many university athletes. During a visit in Sardinia in 1984, former FISU president Dr Nebiolo submitted the idea of including this sport in the competitions organised by our federation. Two years later in October 1986, the first World University Golf Championship was held in Cagliari, Sardinia. The event was staged by the Is Molas Golf Club, also known for the organisation of the Italian Open in 1976. This very selective course enabled FISU and mostly the public to form a first impression about the level of participants, some of whom had already had impressive records.
|World University Golf Champonships|
# of Countries
|3||1990||FRA||La Grande Motte||14|
|4||1992||ESP||Palma de Mallorca||14|
|Golf is an optional Sport|
|25th||2009||SER||Begrade||No Golf Participation|
|27th||2013||RUS||Kazan||No Golf Participation|