Chargers on the chase after PACWEST season opener

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Sept9,2014(ISN) – Despite a strong performance and finishing under par at the 2014 PACWEST season opener in Surrey this past weekend, the Camosun Chargers men’s golf team made a second-place finish, 13 strokes off the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades who dominated the fairways and greens at the Northview Golf and Country Club.

Totals for the two-day event are: University of the Fraser Valley 564, Camosun College 577, Vancouver Island University 586, University BC Okanagan 598, Kwantlen Polytechnic University 298, Douglas College 623.

UFV’s Connor O’Dell earned the low individual score banking a stellar tournament total of 135 (68 + 67). O’Dell’s teammates Zach Olson and Aaron Pauls earned second and third spots with respective scores of 140 and 141.

Chargers veterans Grant Maskiewich (Smithers) and teammate Brady Stead (Vernon) finished with matching totals of 143, placing them in a tie for fourth on the men’s individual leaderboard. Newcomer Scott Merriam from Cranbrook shot 145 and tied for seventh place while returnee Brett De Vries (Kelowna) completed his two rounds with a score of 147 which placed him 13th .

“I’m really proud of the team,” commented Chargers Head Coach John Randle. “We went into the first event without our number one player Jarred Callbeck, and the guys came through with a great effort. Shooting under par as a team without your best player was a fantastic accomplishment. I look forward to the rest of the season as we try to reel in UFV!”

The Chargers will be on the chase this weekend as the team intensifies its efforts to overtake the league’s current leader. Tournament #2 of the PACWEST’s four-event Provincial Championship series will be hosted by VIU at the Morningstar Golf Club in Nanaimo, September 13 & 14.

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