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Camosun golfers set course for 2016 Canadian University/College Golf Championships

The Camosun College Chargers men’s golf team is preparing to battle against the nation’s best as preparations get underway for the Canadian University/College Championships at the Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, May 30 – June 3.

Conducted by Golf Canada, the Canadian University / College Championship is a showcase of the finest university and college golf programs in the country. This year’s field will feature 20 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams and include over 150 student-athletes from post-secondary institutions from across the nation. 

Having won both the 2015 Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) Provincial and 2015 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Men’s Golf Championships last fall, the Chargers are eager to be making a return to competition after acing the program’s best all-time season. 

The Chargers will be represented by five student-athletes including Matt Matheson (West Van), Scott Merriam (Cranbrook) and Mac Keats (Cochrane, AB). Teeing off for Camosun for the final time are fifth-year veterans Grant Maskiewich (Smithers) and PACWEST Player of the Year, Brady Stead fromVernon.

“2015 was a great year for us and we’re excited for the opportunity to compete together one last time as a team,” states Grant Maskiewich who is graduating from Camosun’s Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership program this June. “We know Morningstar and it’s a great chance for us to test our skills against some of the highly accomplished CIS teams like defending champs UBC, who have won the championship four times and will be out to regain the title.”

Leading the charge is Camosun Head Coach and Academy Director of Randle Golf Academy at the Morningstar Golf Club, John Randle.

“I have a great feeling about our ability to compete with the bigger schools,” comments Coach Randle. “Obviously, they have much bigger budgets for recruiting and travel but I’m excited to see how the Chargers react to being the underdog! The guys have all played this course and we know how good we can be. The confidence we gained from winning Nationals at the CCAA level is something I believe will really help us and although we generally come up with our game plans as a team, my knowledge of the course can’t hurt!” 

Camosun will make its fourth appearance at the event which is 14 years in the running. Hosted by the University of Victoria, the 2016 Canadian University/College Championships begin on Monday, May 30 with the official practice round and welcome reception. First round action of the four-day competition begins Tuesday, May 31 with the first group teeing off at 7:30am. Following the third round, the field will be reduced to the top 10 men’s teams and the top six women’s teams, in addition to any individuals within 15 shots of the lead.

Find Championship information including the full list of competitors and results here.