ISN) – The Chargers made history on Friday at the 2014 PING CCAA Golf National Championships in Quebec City as veteran player Jarred Callbeck captured Camosun’s first-ever Men’s Individual National Championship title!
Callbeck fired rounds of 68 and 70 for a one-shot victory over Hugo Bernard of Cégep André-Laurendeau. Adam Poulin of Champlain St. Lawrence finished third at -4 with 140.
Third-year Charger Grant Maskiewich (Smithers) also played very well, finishing the tournament at -3 and tying for 4th, securing CCAA National All-Star status.
In team competition, the Chargers picked up their fourth all-time silver medal which will be added to their collection of National podium finishes which include two golds and one bronze.
At the end of Day 1, the Chargers men were tied for first (289) with PACWEST adversaries the UFV Cascades. Following a blustery second round, Camosun slipped to second, 3 shots off the leading Holland Hurricanes and 3 shots ahead of Fraser Valley.
Traditionally a three-day event, the National Championship this year was plagued with inclement weather on the final two days. Despite warm conditions on opening day, players struggled against strong winds on Day 2, and on the following day, heavy rain made the course unplayable, forcing the cancellation of the final round and cutting the 54-hole event to 36.
It was a bitter sweet day for the Chargers who celebrated Callbeck’s win while knowing their chances of going for gold had been washed out.
“We won the silver but conditions made it impossible to play for the gold,” comments Chargers Head Coach John Randle. “Days 1 and 2 were good for us as Jarred and Grant anchored our team and had put us in great position going into the final round. I feel like our team was just starting to play their best and believe we would have played well in the third round if it had gone.”
Over the past seven years, Coach Randle has led the program to six consecutive PACWEST medal finishes and six trips to Nationals, winning two silvers (2014, 2012) and one bronze (2013). The addition of Callbeck’s national title is a major mark for the Chargers men’s golf program.
“It was a great way to finish our season,” states Coach Randle. “Camosun was lucky to have seven solid players on our team and the five guys who came to Nationals played their best golf of the year when it mattered most. More importantly to me, the guys behaved in a very honorable manner, and represented our college with class and dignity.”
Next year, the University of the Fraser Valley play host to the CCAA National Championships in Abbotsford, October 2015.