The new University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) women's golf team is the best in Canada, according to this week's Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national coaches poll.
The CCAA poll also ranked the successful men's team number three in the country. The national spotlight is nothing new to the Cascades men's team who have finished on the podium in four of the past six CCAA National Championships. The recognition for the women's team, however, is somewhat surprising, according to coach Chris Bertram, given that the team is in its first year of operation.
Bertram recruited three strong female players over the summer, first landing Mission natives Dani Shap and Kelley Dalzell, and then rounding out the trio with fourthyear transfer from UBC-Okanagan, Jen Woods. The team has won both PACWest conference tournaments so far this season in team play, with Woods and Shap coming first and second individually in both events.
"I wasn't surprised to see these ladies succeed so quickly given what I knew about their abilities coming in," Bertram said.
The men's team have also won its first two PACWest conference events this fall, and taking a commanding lead in the overall conference standings with two events remaining. The men's team is ranked number three in Canada for the second straight week. The team is led by 2012 CCAA All-Canadian and Chilliwack native Aaron Pauls.
The teams are on the road to Victoria this weekend for an event at Bear Mountain hosted by Camosun College, before returning to their home course at the Chilliwack Golf Club for the PACWest Conference Championships on Oct. 5 and 6.
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