By Vanessa Broadbent (The Cascade) – Email

Last week marked the first time that the UFV Cascades hosted the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Championships. From October 13 to 16, 14 men’s teams, 11 women’s teams, and 103 golfers from all over Canada came together to compete at the Chilliwack Golf Club. After over a year of planning and preparation, the event kicked off on Tuesday evening with opening ceremonies and a practice round. The first round began on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m., with the second and third rounds on Thursday and Friday at the same time.

Cascades athletes made UFV proud with the men’s team’s Connor O’Dell tying for sixth place (-1), Connor McLellan tying for 13th place (+2), Zach Olson tying for 20th (+4), Nathan Bahnman tied for 32nd place (+9), and Cody Stewart tied for 38th place (+10).

The women’s team’s athletes also placed well, with Jennifer Kell placing 11th (+38), Hannah Dirksen placing 14th (+44), and Ciara Melhus tying for 24th (+85).

The highlights of the tournament were the Cascades men’s team’s third place finish (+9) and the women’s fourth place tie (+82).

Images: Darren McDonald
Images: Darren McDonald
Images: Darren McDonald
Images: Darren McDonald