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Gryphon National Championship Fund

$1,910 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 1 month
Created March 4, 2018
We need your help to get to the Canadian University/College Championships in Chilliwack, B.C., this May.

We are the University of Guelph men's golf team. We are a great team--see below--and we're determined to finish our season strongly and represent the university and the city in the national championships.

We earned our way into the national championship by finishing 4th in the OUA Championship in October--the top five qualfied for nationals. (We also finished 3rd in the overall OUA season points standings, and medalled in five of our seven tournaments. Heck, we're good!)

But we don't have funding from the university and it will cost about $8500 to cover our flights, accommodation and transportation. (We'll cover our food.)

The team members are captain Marc-Anthony Manion, who graduates this year, vice-captain Nick Striker (4th year), Trevor Whiton (4th year), Mathew Stevens (1st year), and Matthew Vihant (1st year). The head coach is Tim O'Connor. 

We've earned our way to the Canadian national championship, but we need to your help to get there. Thanks for your consideration and your generousity.

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As part of our gofundme campaign to help the U of Guelph men's golf team get to the Cdn University/College championship in B.C. in May, we're posting stories from our players so you get to know them ...

Matt Vihant (first on left of the photo): Without a doubt my greatest accomplishment last season was winning my first OUA golf tournament at the McMaster Invitational at Heron Point Golf Links. I had been coming off not one of better summer tournament seasons. I worked very hard in the fall to get my game to a point that I could compete for titles again. After shooting 72 at Heron Point, I was in a three-way playoff with two great players from Western. It was a really good confidence boost to be under the pressure of a three-man sudden-death playoff and be able to execute every shot exactly how I wanted and come out with a win.

Reason I Play Golf: From an early age, my dad and I bonded over golf; he is such a big golfer and he sparked my passion for this game. The joy I get from being on the golf course with friends and family is a type of happiness that I haven’t found anywhere else. No matter what is going on in my personal life or anywhere else, I have always found that getting out on the golf course makes me happy and being able to share these experiences with people like my dad, who deserves all the credit for getting me to where I am today. I will never take that for granted.

Why it’s important we play in the national champsionship: We played well last season. We had consistent 1st to 5th place finishes and were very steady. Coming into the Ontario championship, we were confident in our ability to get a win but we finished fourth by a shot. But by finishing in the Top Five, we qualified for nationals. I think it is fair to say that as a team, our best golf is still to come and nationals is our place to show the entire country what our best golf really is.
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As part of our gofundme campaign, we're posting stories from our players so you get know them ... and that you might consider donating to help the men's U of Guelph golf team get to the Cdn University/College Championships this May in BC ... Thx for your consideration.

My name is Nick Striker and this is my fourth season playing for the Guelph Gryphons golf team. It amazes me how quickly the past four years have gone by and it is difficult to fathom that I only have one season remaining. Coming into first year in 2014, I had no idea what to expect from the golf program at Guelph. I recall being incredibly nervous going into tryouts, but the team was incredibly welcoming right from the start. Every season since the team has been made up of an incredible group of people with one major similarity—a love for the game of golf. For me, golf is different than any other varsity sport. Golf itself is seen as an individual sport, but in university I have been able to experience the sport in a whole new way. University golf is entirely team-based. This collaborative dimension of the sport helps to bring each member of the team together quickly. From the countless hours of conversation while practicing, to the 5 a.m. bus rides to events, each and every year the team bonds within the first few weeks of practice. I have always believed that we are one of the tightest knit teams in all of the OUA. This became particularly evident to me when we lost two of our fellow teammates within the span of a year. When faced with a situation like this one, many people might shut down or revert into their own shell. The Gryphons powered through and continue to have some of their best seasons in recent history. That to me says something about being a Gryphon. As the vice-captain this year and the future captain for my fifth year, I see how important it is to have support for the team as we have so many talented rookies. This team will be one of the best in Ontario for years to come which means it is required to plan ahead for the future. This fundraising campaign is not only to help send our team to national championship this year, but to create a network of people so that the Gryphons team can have success in the years to come. With the help of coach Tim O’Connor, the Gryphons golf program is promising. We appreciate and value the support of our community.
Capt Marc watches my shot @ OUAs warmup
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As part of our gofundme campaign, we're posting stories from our players so you get know them ... and that you might consider donating to help the men's U of Guelph golf team get to the Cdn University/College Championships this May in BC ... Thx for your consideration.

Marc-Anthony Manion, Men's Team Captain (3rd from right in photo)

As a 5th year Political Science Major, I'm the team vet. I have been on the golf team since my freshman year The team has gone through much adversity in attempting to overcome tragedy with the deaths of two of our players. There have been ups and downs throughout my playing career at UoG, but the team has really shaped me into the person and leader I am today. I was fortunate enough to be named Captain of the team in my Senior year and have been the captain now for two years. Unfortunately, every good thing comes to an end as I will be graduating and playing my final tournament as a Gryphon at the national championships in BC this May. It has been an honour to represent my school both on and off the course, across the province and across Canada over the last five years. I hope that our young players take full advantage of their time here at U of Guelph as it goes quicker than they could ever imagine. With the leadership of our great coach Tim O'Connor, I believe that this program is set up for nothing but success for many years to come.
2017 UIOT Invitational Team Champions
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After four days, we've generated $840 of our goal to raise $5000 to fund the Gryphon's trip to the Cdn national championship in BC this May. Many thx to the folks who have donated. We've got a long way to go, and we really appreciate your support. These young men earned their way by qualifying, but it's an expensive trip ... If you can help... thanks!
We won 1st place in 2017 UIOT tourney
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Created March 4, 2018
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