Following a solid performance at the Camosun Invitational last weeeknd, the Chargers men’s golf team is gearing up for a shot at the medals as the 2017 PACWEST season wraps up this weekend at the Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford, October 7-8. Hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley, the fourth and final tournament of the PACWEST season will determine this year’s champions and the top two teams that will qualify for the PING CCAA National Championships (October 17-20) hosted by Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario.
After three tournaments, Camosun is just four strokes off the top three in cumulative team standings. UBCO has the lead with 1737, followed by the UFV Cascades (1740) and VIU Mariners (1805).
“The team is getting better each week and we look forward to seeing them play their best event of the year and grab third,” said Chargers Head Coach John Randle. He added, “It was great to host the PACWEST conference at our new home at Highland Pacific, the visiting players and coaches were very pleased with the venue and hospitality. We got some solid play from our guys and are now within striking distance of a bronze medal.”
The Chargers shot a two-day team total of 593 to place third at the tournament which was won by the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades. (573). UBC Okanagan finished second with 577.
Fourth-year Charger Mike Flegel (AD Arts) from Moose Jaw, SK led the charge for Camosun with a two-day individual total of 140. Flegel tied with Ben Whiton from UFV for the low score of the day on Friday (69) and followed up with a 71 on Saturday to place third at the tournament.
Camosun’s Scott Merriam (4th Year, Golf Management) was eighth overall with 144 (74, 70) while teammate Ingmar Haars (1st Year, AD Arts) shot 152 (74, 78) to finish 14th. Second-year student-athlete Callan Rakimov (Arts/Science) and newcomer Alex Cordero (College Prep) scored 156 to tie 17th.
This weekend, Assistant Coach and Camosun School of Business graduate, Brady Stead, makes his debut appearance as the team’s chief advisor, filling in for Head Coach, John Randle.
“I am very excited about coaching this weekend,” commented Stead. “I think that it is going to be a great opportunity to share my experience as a former player. I knew what I needed from my coach when I was out there, so I am going to do my best to give my players what they need. We got ourselves into striking distance to win a bronze medal this past weekend because we focused on playing our best. If we can do that again, we have a great shot at sneaking onto the podium. The goal is to give ourselves the best chance to play well and if we can do that, the results will follow. I can’t wait for the first tee time on Saturday and I know the guys are eager to get this thing started!”