The Camosun College Chargers men’s golf team emerged as repeat champions this weekend following Sunday’s closing round of the 2016 Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) golf season. Over the four-tournament season, Camosun topped the team competition by an impressive 22 strokes to lay claim to their second consecutive conference title.
“It was a great season of PACWEST golf,” comments Chargers Head Coach John Randle whose squad shot the conference low of 2347 strokes for the win. “I’m very proud of my guys as we defended our title as the provincial champions.”
The University Fraser of the Valley (UFV) took home silver with a team total of 2349 while the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners shot 2404 to finish with bronze. Find complete results on the PACWEST website.
Camosun closed out the championship with an eight-stroke victory at the PACWEST season finale which was held at the Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville and hosted by VIU.
Victoria native Jeff Riches and fourth-year Chargers veteran Matt Matheson anchored the team over the weekend posting respective scores of 71 + 72 and 70 + 74. Riches tied for second spot with Jacob Vanderpas from Langara while Matheson knotted alongside UBC-Okanagan student-athlete Jacob Stewart for fifth. Third-year Charger Scott Merriam was 11th, shooting 149 (75 + 74) followed by fifth-year player Mac Keats who finished 13th with 153 (74 + 81).
All four Chargers ended the season in the Top 10 men’s individual standings: Matt Matheson is third with a four-event total of 577; Mack Keats is sixth with 584; Jeff Riches finished ninth with 594 and in 10th is Scott Merriam who finished with 599.
Matheson earned his first PACWEST All-Star and the Men’s Individual Bronze medal for his outstanding performance over the season.
The Chargers will have two weeks to polish their clubs and refine their game before setting off for the 2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf Championships hosted by Holland College, PEI.
“Maybe the best part is we haven’t reached our potential yet,” says Coach Randle. “As we look forward to nationals, I’m confident that after a couple of weeks of good practice we will be ready to give a good defence of our national championship title!”