The only thing that could overshadow the success of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades men's golf team this year is the fact that the women are, arguably, even better.
It was championship weekend at Chilliwack Golf & Country Club as the Cascades hosted the final PACWEST tournament, and both teams handily won the conference by 50 strokes.
Coach Chris Bertram, who knew he had good golfers on his hands, was even shocked by the success.
"I'm incredibly proud all of the players on this team," he told the Times. "I knew we had a talented group but I didn't foresee us going undefeated. In team golf, you have to compete against every school every week, so this really is remarkable."
Led by Chilliwack's Aaron Pauls who shot a 65 Saturday, the UFV men cruised to a total score of 1,717, beating second place Camosun College with 1,767 strokes. Third was University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC-O) with 1,781 followed by Douglas College's (DC) 1,782. Rounding out the seven schools was Vancouver Island University (VIU) with 1,808, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) with 1,857 and
Kwantlen Polytechnic University with 1,870.
Pauls finished third on the individual overall standings with UFV players Darren Whitehouse tied for fourth, Simon Blaker in sixth and Connor O'Dell, who shot a stunning 63 Sunday, in seventh.
O'Dell's two-day cumulative total of 135 put him first overall in individual scoring at the tournament.
As for the women, Dani Shap, Jen Woods and Kelley Dalzell scored a total of 950 for the three-tournament season, beating out VIU's 1000, UBC-O's 1,113, TRU's 1,116 and DC's 1,224.
Shap's 80 and 76 on the weekend was good enough to earn her first individual, and her three-season 474 means she was crowned 2013 PACWEST individual champion. Woods was second overall with a three-tournament score of 480.
The Cascades men will make their sixth straight appearance at the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) Ping national championships, Oct. 15 to 18 in Quebec. They go into the tournament ranked number three in the CCAA top-10 poll.
As this is the first year as a varsity program, the women will make their first appearance at nationals, but they go in ranked number one in the country.
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