Chilliwack will be well-represented at the 2014 World University Golf Championships in Switzerland in June as University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) golfer Aaron Pauls was name to the team along with UFV coach Chris Bertram.
Six men, five women and four coaches from across Canada were chosen last week by the Golf Coaches Association of Canada in conjunction with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) to represent Canada to face the world's best university golfers.
Pauls led the UFV Cascades on an incredible season this year that culminated in a national championship title in Quebec City in October.
"His profile has been going up and up and up in the Canadian amateur ranks in the last couple of years," Bertram told the Times. "To get a chance to showcase his skills for a national team is a pretty big accomplishment. It's a nice stepping stone on what I think is going to be a pretty bright future in golf."
Bertram was named assistant coach of the women's national team for the June 21 to 28 event at the Haut-Plateau resort in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. The course is designed by Seve Ballesteros and is home to the Omega European Masters.
Cracking the top four coaches in the country is no small feat for Bertram.
"As far as university sport goes, this is pretty much the highest honour you can get," he said.
The six men to represent Canada will play in a team format in Switzerland, but individually just three of them will compete. Those three will be decided in advance at the Canadian University/College Championships June 3 to 6 at
Southwood Golf & Country Club in Winnipeg.
The other five players to join Pauls in Switzerland are Alex Dumais from Humber College, Alex Rakowski from the University of Alberta, Josh Wytinck from the University of Manitoba, and Connor Kozak and Scott Secord from UBC.
Bertram's head coach is Carla Munch from the University of Waterloo. The women's golf team consists of Kylie Barros and Casara Hong from UBC, Devon Rizzo from Waterloo, and Brynn Tomie and Megan Woodland from the University of Victoria.