ByThe University of the Fraser Valley golf teams excelled on their home course this weekend, posting a series of strong results at the UFV Spring Invitational.
Rookie Connor McLellan led the way, finishing second overall with a two-day score of 142 (-2). Connor O’Dell tied for third, shooting one-under for the weekend, while Cody Stewart took fifth with an even-par weekend.
Second place in the men’s team event went to Edmonton’s MacEwan Griffins (two-day total of 616).
The individual men’s title went to UBC’s fourth-year star Scott Secord, who made a spectacular birdie on the final hole to edge McLellan by a single shot.
The Cascades women’s squad, comprising Jen Woods, Natasha Mackenzie and Hannah Dirksen, finished second with a two-day score of 355, 11 strokes back of the victorious MacEwan squad.
UVic’s Brynn Tomie took the women’s individual crown with a two-day score of 153 (+7), while UFV rookie Dirksen tied for third (+30).
“What impressed me most this weekend was the play of our rookies Connor McLellan and Cody Stewart,” Cascades head coach Chris Bertram said. “It’s great to see our younger players stepping up and making a name for themselves. The future of this team is very bright and I am excited to see how the spring season progresses.”
The UFV Invitational represents the start of the spring season, which culminates with the Golf Canada University/College Championship (May 26-29 in Guelph, Ont.).
The Cascades are coming off a stellar fall season which saw the women’s and men’s teams sweep the PacWest conference titles, and win silver and bronze, respectively, at CCAA nationals.