Sept 18,2014(ISN) – Despite struggling through two tough rounds at the Morningstar Golf Course on the September 13-14 weekend, Island rivals, the Camosun College Chargers and VIU Mariners managed to slash the double digit advantage held by the number one UFV Cascades down to just five strokes in the PACWEST Men’s Golf cumulative standings.
The hosting VIU Mariners won the event with a two-day total of 618. Camosun placed second, scoring 627 while third spot went to the Kwantlen Eagles who finished with 634.
While Morningstar proved to be challenge for all six competing teams, it seemed especially testing for UFV, who teed off as the nation’s number one squad only to finish fourth in the event, shooting 635. University BC Okanagan was fifth with a two-day total of 637 and Douglas College landed in sixth with 696.
“It was a tough weekend of golf for my guys but we feel very fortunate that all the teams struggled,” commented Chargers Head Coach John Randle. “We are in good shape moving forward as we are only five shots out of first. I feel like we got away with a bad weekend and can now focus our sights on the conference championship.”
After two tournaments and four rounds of play, UFV maintains its top position in the PACWEST with a cumulative total of 1199 (564 + 635). Five strokes back and tied for second are Camosun College (577 + 627) and VIU (586 + 618) with 1204 each. KPU is fourth with 1233 (598 + 637) and UBCO is fifth with 1235 (598 + 637). Sitting at the back of the pack is Douglas College with 1319 (623 + 696).
Low individual score went to VIU’s Thomas Spencer who shot 144 (73 + 71). Spencer’s teammate Matt Haddad took second, scoring a pair of 74’s to finish with 148. Tied for third are Camosun newcomer Matt Matheson from West Vancouver and KPU’s Thomas Rose who each shot 151: (77 + 74) and (76 + 75) respectively.
“Matt only joined our team last week, so he didn’t play in the starting group,” stated Coach Randle. “But he put in a solid performance with his Top 3 Individual finish and he has definitely earned a spot on the travel roster for the next league event.”
Chargers veteran Jarred Callbeck (Claremont) placed fifth in individual stats with a two-round total of 154 (79 + 75). Third-year Charger Brady Stead tied for seventh (74 + 82) with last week’s low score winner Connor O’Dell from UFV; both players finished with 156. Grant Maskiewich, also playing his third year with Camosun, shot 159 (84 + 75) to land in a three-way tie for 11th place with Will Deck (UBCO) and Tyler Roope (KPU). First-year Charger Scott Merriam from Cranbrook tied for 16th with UFV’s Aaron Pauls with 161 (84 + 77).
“I am feeling good about our chances,” remarked Coach Randle. “We have a couple of weeks to prepare for our next event hosted by Douglas College and we hope to play well enough to break out of the tie with VIU and move past Fraser Valley.”
PACWEST golf action takes a break this week, with competition resuming September 27-28 at the Kings Links by the Sea Golf Club, with Douglas College hosting. The event is the third of four tournaments that will determine this year’s PACWEST Provincial Champion. UBCO will host the final tournament October 4-5 in Kelowna. Following Provincials, the Chargers aim to advance to the PING CCAA National Championships hosted by Champlain St. Lawrence at the Lorette Golf Club, October 14-17 in Quebec City.