October 7, 2013, CHILLIWACK, B.C. (ISN) – Fourth year golfer Will Deck (Kelowna, BC) was able to make up the two shots needed to capture top spot overall to close out the PACWEST golf season.
Deck’s two-day total of 144 was enough to pass Fraser Valley’s (UFV) Darren Whitehouse, whom he was chasing going into the weekend, and hold off hard charging Aaron Pauls (UFV), who started the tournament five strokes back of Deck, to be named PACWEST golfer of the year with the lowest cumulative total of 425 at the end of the three tournament season.
“[The Player of the year] was an awesome way too cap off a very solid year,” commented Deck when he was asked on finishing on top of the leaderboard.
After Saturday Will had actually cut Whitehouse’s lead to just one stroke with his day-one total of 73, Whitehouse was one stroke worse at 74. Yet Aaron Pauls, who started the day in third place, five behind Deck, and seven behind Whitehouse, made all of those strokes up and more shooting a then season low on the PACWEST tour of 65.
Pauls’ hot hand vaulted him to the top of the PACWEST leaderboard at the end of the first day of the last tournament of play; he sat first place two strokes ahead of Whitehouse and three ahead of Deck, Camosun’s Jarred Callbeck was in fourth six back.
Not to get down, Will Deck had a positive attitude going into day-two.
“You just want to give yourself as many opportunities as possible on Sunday,” remarked Deck. “In golf no lead is safe and all I wanted to do was get off to a good start today [Sunday] and I managed to do just that by birdieing the first two holes of the round. It really takes a lot of pressure off you and frees up your game which is essential to playing well.”
Deck shot a 71 on Sunday and had to wait for the final groups to come in and the score to be tabulated before he knew the surprising result.
“To be honest I had no idea that it was even close. I only found out when the final group came in that I had a shot at the number one spot,” said Deck, “and then from then on I just watched the scoreboard to see if it was official.” Deck finished ahead of Camosun’s Jarred Calbeck by two strokes, Pauls shot a 77 on Sunday to place third.
Paul’s and his teammate Darren Whitehouse did enjoy team success, as the Fraser Valley men’s and women’s golf teams both captured team titles. The Fraser Valley women’s team title ends a run of four straight Provincial team banners’ won by the UBC Okanagan Heat.
Both the men’s and the women’s Heat golf teams finished in third place overall to capture bronze medals, on the men’s side the Camosun Chargers grabbed second, meanwhile another Island team, the Vancouver Island Mariners, finished with the silver for the females.
Men’s final individual PACWEST standings for UBC Okanagan golfers after Will Deck’s (425) first place finish are: Salmon Arm’s Cody Bell (8th – 440), Kelowna golfer’s James Casorso and Michael Lee tied at 20th with (465).
In Heat women’s individual play Carolyn Lee (1st year, Calgary, AB) just missed the podium, finishing in fourth, one stroke out of third place with her 108-hole score of 492. Teammate Kelsey McGillis (1st year, Calgary, AB) finished 11th.
The cancellation of last weekend’s event at Bear Mountain in Victoria due to an unplayable course because of inclement weather, made the PACWEST
season just three tournaments in total.
Will Deck will make his way to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships at the Royal Quebec Golf Club just outside of Quebec City, QB hosted by St. Lawrence College on October 15-18.
HEAT NOTES: The steady play of Will Deck was incredible over the years Will shot in the 70’s (24/33) times in his 4 years for the Heat, Only 5 times in the 80’s and all of those time in his first year 2010-11 and three of those 5 at nationals. He has shot 72 or under in 10 of his last 25 rounds, dating back to September of 2011, and only once shooting higher than 77 in that time. His list of Rounds from most recent to oldest (Oct/13-Sep/10) [70, 73, 70, 77, 72, 68, 73, 74, 74, 67, 73, 69, 76, 79, 74, 74, 74, 71, 71, 0, 73, 71, 74, 73, 76, 82, 83, 83, 80, 69, 74, 82, 36-just 9 holes, 77]