The 2015 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) Champion Chargers men’s golf team is headed to Abbotsford today where they will begin defending their provincial and national titles over a brand new season of competition.
“I don’t know if we will top what we did last year,” comments Camosun Head Coach John Randle. “That was a pretty special year obviously, but I think we have a good chance this year to be successful again.”
The Chargers are set to repeat their gold medal winning season with one of the program’s biggest and most promising squads to date.
“We vetted through our applicants a little more aggressively this year which resulted in only nine guys actually making the cut for tryouts,” states Camosun Head Coach John Randle. “We were really impressed to find that each person plays at a pretty high calibre.”
This year, the Camosun golf program welcomes six returning players and three newcomers including fifth and fourth-year veterans Mac Keats (Cochrane, AB) and Matt Matheson (West Vancouver), third-year returnees Scott Merriam (Cranbrook) and Mike Flegel (Moose Jaw, SK) and Year 2 players Tyler Roberston (Prince George) and Jeff Riches who hails from Victoria (Claremont).
Joining the program this fall are Arthur Brown (Thunder Bay, ON) and Callan Rakimov (Duncan, BC) and Addison Lovsin (Vernon) who will be red-shirting this season.
“We’re lucky to have a strong core of returnees back from last year’s team, along with Mike Flegel who played for us two years ago” comments Coach Randle. “While there’s probably a little less certainty about this year’s team compared to last, I think that some of our returning guys who weren’t always playing at the level they’re capable of will make that jump this year and we’re of course also looking at our new guys to make an impact.”
Despite the loss of leaders Brady Stead and Grant Maskiewich, who were instrumental in helping the Chargers make nine medal-winning finishes over the past five years, Coach Randle is optimistic about the new squad and how it will take shape.
“As generally happens, someone will step up to take the leadership role,” says Coach Randle. “Someone always does. When leadership leaves, new leaders are born or identified.”
The Chargers tee off Saturday morning at the Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford with the University of the Fraser Valley hosting.