UFV golf teams land on podium at nationals


The University of the Fraser Valley golf teams had dreams of making a comeback on the final day of the PING CCAA Golf National Championships, but Mother Nature had other plans.

The third and final round of the tournament was cancelled due to inclement weather at Club de Golf Lorette in Quebec City, meaning that the standings after Thursday’s Round 2 would stand as the official results.

Jen Woods

That put both Cascades teams on the podium, with the women winning silver and the men taking bronze.

It’s the second straight year that both UFV golf squads have medalled at nationals – in 2013, they swept the gold medals.

“It’s really disappointing not to have the opportunity to go out and play, given how close we were to winning,” Cascades head coach Chris Bertram said. “We’ve all been in a bit of shock.”

Jen Woods led the way for the Cascades women – she finished sixth in the individual standings at +14 after carding rounds of 79 and 81. Kelley Dalzell (80-83) was right behind her in seventh place at +17, while Natasha Mackenzie (93-83) was 19th at +31.

Collectively, the UFV women were at +31, nine strokes back of the Champlain St. Lawrence Lions, the tournament host squad.

On the men’s side, Aaron Pauls was the top Cascade – he tied for seventh place at -1 for the tourney, with rounds of 69 and 74 on his scorecard. Kaleb Fisher (75-71) was T13 at +2, while Simon Blaker (74-74) was T17 at +4.

The UFV men finished at +7 overall, trailing the Holland College Hurricanes (+1) and the Camosun Chargers (+4).

“Getting on the podium at nationals is a really great accomplishment,” Bertram said. “It’s a nice award for our hard work, and I’m really proud of how the players played all week.”