It was a battle against the elements this past weekend as the Camosun College Chargers men’s golf team fought through wild weather conditions at the Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey to secure their second consecutive conference victory and maintain their No. 1 Canadian College’s Athletic Association (CCAA) national ranking.
Having won the PACWEST season opener by 12 strokes at the UBC-Okanagan Invitational in Kelowna two weeks ago, Camosun blew past the field again, finishing at 594, 9 strokes ahead of the hosting University of the Fraser Valley Cascades who placed second with a two-day total of 603. Douglas College rounded out the Top 3 with 613.
“We had to battle some serious weather, but the guys fought hard and we had a solid weekend,” states Chargers Head Coach John Randle. “Despite playing in torrential rain on Day 1, we played well shooting the low score by 9 (293). Day 2 was played in very high winds all day with about an hour of really hard rain mixed in. We posted a team score of 301 which tied us for low of the day with UFV.”
In the men’s individual race, Zach Olson from UFV placed first with total of 143 (72 + 71). Olson was followed by Douglas College’s Steven Hayes who shot 146 (73 + 73). Third spot went to Camosun newcomer Mac Keats who finished third with 147. Keats scored a first round low of 72 to tie with Olson before falling back with a 75 on the final day.
Fifth-year Chargers vet Brady Stead (Vernon) closed the weekend in fourth with a pair of 74’s (148). Fourth-year teammate Grant Maskiewich (Smithers) and second-year Matt Matheson (Cranbrook) tied for sixth with matching totals of 150.
In the men’s cumulative standings, the Chargers hold the top 8 spots. Mac Keats is tied with Steven Hayes from Douglas for the lead at 289. Brady Stead is third with 291, Grant Maskiewich is tied for sixth (297) and Matt Matheson is eighth with 300.
After the first two of four scheduled PACWEST tournaments, Camosun sits at the top of the leaderboard with a total of 1174 and a solid 26 stroke lead. UFV is second with 1200 and the University of BC Okanagan is third at 1216. 2015 PACWEST Golf Team and Individual Results and Standings
This weekend, the Chargers host the Camosun Invitational at the Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, September 26-27.
“It was great to see the guys keep grinding and get rewarded with another win,” comments Coach Randle. “We are looking forward to being at home at Bear Mountain and hosting this weekend.”