(2015 PACWEST Champions L-R: Head Coach John Randle, Jeff Riches, Grant Maskiewich, Brady Stead, Matt Matheson, Mac Keats)
After three consecutive seasons of settling for silver, the Camosun College Chargers men’s golf team finished at the top of the podium at the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) Golf finale in Chilliwack, October 3-4. The Chargers flew through four fast weekends of conference competition finishing an astounding 54 strokes ahead of their adversaries in their pursuit of gold.
Camosun captured the title with a cumulative total of 2318. The University of the Fraser Valley was second with 2372 and University of BC-Okanagan took bronze with 2414.
“It was a great year and the margin of victory was the biggest I have seen,” states Chargers Head Coach John Randle. “I think the big win can be credited to us having a mature team and a couple other schools being in a transition year. The guys on this year’s squad worked hard on their games over the summer and came in playing well and this just rolled over to the PACWEST season.”
Fifth-year Charger Brady Stead was crowned king of the course, earning the Men’s Individual title as well as Men’s Player of the Year and a PACWEST All-Star for his four-tournament total of 572. Connor O’Dell from Fraser Valley was four shots back at 576 while Steven Hayes from Douglas finished with 577.
“My goal at the beginning of every year at Camosun has been to win the individual title, so it feels great to pull it off in my final year,” comments Stead. “I have experienced many ups and downs in my game, so it is nice to see that the hard work and patience is paying off. Almost everything that I know about the golf swing I have learned from my coach, John Randle. We worked very hard on my first few years on improving my golf swing and although I struggled a little in the past, John did not stop believing in me and I cannot thank him enough for that.”
Three additional Chargers finished in the Men’s Top 10. Teammate Grant Maskiewich (Smithers) earned a PACWEST All-Star for his fifth-place finish of 584 while newcomer Mac Keats (Cochrane, AB) was sixth with 589 and third-year Matt Matheson (West Van) shot 594 ending the season eighth overall.
This week, Stead and his teammates prepare for their return to the Chilliwack Golf Club and the CCAA National Championships hosted by UFV, October 13-16.
“We have a nice advantage having just played the host course last weekend,” says Coach Randle. “The guys have some homework to do this week to be best prepared. We will get to Chilliwack on Monday and have a couple of days of prep and then into the event. Our team is progressing nicely and we are looking to peak next week.”