Camosun golfers finish one stroke off lead following PACWEST's first of four
Release date: September 12, 2016
The reigning national champion Chargers men’s golf team opened the PACWEST season with a second place finish, just one stroke off the lead, at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Invitational, September 10-11.
It was a hurried start to the season as the Chargers sped from team selections which were made at the end of the Labour Day long weekend to the beginning of conference play on Saturday at the Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford.
“We had a tough first week,” says Chargers Head Coach John Randle. “The quick turn around and lack of a practice round at the host course due to another event there on Friday meant we were less prepared than normal.”
Despite a shaky start that had Camosun sitting in fourth place after the first day of play, the Chargers rallied to a solid five-stroke victory on Day 2 to finish second with a two-day total of 590.
It was a tight finish for the top three teams with Vancouver Island University taking the win with 589 and the hosting UFV Cascades shooting 591 for third. Rounding out the field of six were UBC-Okanagan (611), Langara College (622) and Douglas College (636).
“The good news, is that even after most of the guys struggled, we are only one shot out of first,” states Coach Randle. “Matt Matheson came up huge for us with a 66 on Sunday and that was the difference.”
Matheson, a fourth-year veteran for the Chargers from West Vancouver, came away with the men’s low score on Day 2 and placed second in the tournament, finishing with 140 (74 + 66). Dallas Jones from VIU was the men’s individual winner with 139 (68 + 71) while UFV’s Zachary Olson shot 144 (71 + 73) to place third.
Finishing fifth was Charger Mac Keats (72 + 75) out of Cochrane, AB who plays his fifth year of eligibility followed by teammates Scott Merriam (Cranbrook) who is T11 with 150 (75 + 75) and Victoria native Jeff Riches who shot 153 (78 + 75) to place T16.
The Chargers look to gain some ground this weekend at the PACWEST’s second event, the UBC-Okanagan Invitational in Kelowna (September 17-18).
“We look forward to working on a few things this week and heading to UBC-O this weekend,” comments Coach Randle. “The guys had a great attitude and are in great spirits so I'm confident we will be better the rest of the way.”
Matt Matheson – Winner Day 2, UFV Invitational
Find official tournament results and schedules on the PACWEST website.