Camosun golfers clinch 3-peat win en route to PACWEST playoffs

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(Newcomer Jeff Riches comes up big at the Camosun Invitational at Bear Mountain, Sept. 26-27)


The Camosun College Chargers men’s golf team clinched their third consecutive PACWEST tournament win at the Camosun Invitational at Bear Mountain this weekend thanks in large part to an outstanding debut performance by newcomer Jeff Riches of Victoria. The 6’2” Claremont Secondary grad posted a two-day total of 136 to earn the men’s individual low score and his first PACWEST tournament victory. Riches tied for the low round on both days, matching teammate Brady Stead’s score of 67 on Day 1 and Connor O’Dell’s (University of Fraser Valley) 69 stroke total on Day 2.

Fifth-year Charger Brady Stead (Vernon) finished second in the event, just one stroke behind Riches. Hailing from Smithers, fourth-year vet Grant Maskiewich scored a pair of 70’s to place fifth while Mac Keats (Cochrane, AB) tied for ninth with 145 (73 + 72).

“It was great to play an event at our home course and the guys played well,” comments Head Coach John Randle. “Jeff Riches came up big for us with his win and having Brady and Grant also in the Top 5 paced us to a great win and a healthier lead going into the last weekend.”

The Chargers won the two-day event with a team total of 554. UFV was second with 575 and the University of BC-Okanagan placed third with 580. Heading into the final week of PACWEST competition with a staggering 47 stroke lead, Camosun maintains its ranking as the No. 1 squad in Canada.

Four Chargers are jockeying for top positions in the men’s individual standings. Brady Stead is the conference leader with a three-event total of 428; Mac Keats is in a three-way tie for second  (434) with UBCO’s James Casorso and Steven Hayes  from Douglas. Grant Maskiewich is sixth with 437 and Matt Matheson is tied with VIU Mariner Kyler Bourgeault for eighth (447).

“I’m very proud of the team and we are all looking forward to going to UFV’s event next weekend and trying to close out the championship,” states Coach Randle. “Go Chargers!!”

John Randle and his Camosun crew look to go four for four at the PACWEST finale hosted by UFV at the Chilliwack Golf Club, October 3-4.

Check here for PACWEST Tournament Results and Standings.