The University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf team captured the 2012 PACWEST conference championship with a come-from-behind victory over Camosun College in Sunday’s final round of the regular season at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.
Trailing Camosun College for most of the season, the Cascades made up seven strokes to wind up in a tie with the Chargers at 2,354 team strokes each.
The Cascades were awarded the tie breaker and their third PACWEST championship title in six years.
“I am not sure I have the words to describe what happened on the golf course today. It was truly the gutsiest performance by a team I have ever watched,” said head coach Chris Bertram. “To come back from that deficit against a team that good is just incredible. My hat is off to this group of athletes.”
UFV won the fourth regular season tournament with a two-day total of 586, beating UBC-O Heat (590) and Camosun and VIU Mariners (591).
The Cascades were led by Aaron Pauls who shot a 138 for the two-day tournament. Pauls, a defending CCAA All-Canadian, finished first overall on the weekend (69 both days and was atop the leader board all weekend). Pauls would finish second overall with a four-tournament total of 583.
Mitch Lock shot a 150 for the weekend and finished ninth overall with a regular season score of 590. Darren Whitehouse would round out the Cascades top-10 finishers on the season with a total of 588 for the year, ranking him sixth overall.
On the weekend, other Cascades results were: Connor O’Dell (145), Taylor Callens (148), Harrison Clegg (152), Darren Whitehouse (153) and Scott Benstead (157). Callens and Clegg were not part of the team group but competed as individuals.
UFV will now go on to represent the PACWEST at the 2012 CCAA national championship tournament in Oshawa, Ont. hosted by Durham College, Oct. 15 – 19.
• Bertram, in his eighth year as head coach of the Cascades, has been named PACWEST Coach of the Year for the third time by his coaching peers. Last weekend’s championship is the fourth overall for the University of the Fraser Valley men’s team and the Cascades look to medal at the CCAA national championship for a fourth time in those eight years.