Men’s Golf: Cascades fifth at Texas tourney

San Antonio – The University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf team opened its spring season with a solid fifth-place finish at the Shootout in San Antonio.

The 36-hole event was co-hosted by Oklahoma City University and Our Lady of the Lake University at TPC San Antonio – host site of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open – and competitors battled through un-Texas-like chilly temperatures accompanied by gusting winds throughout.

On Monday, the Cascades found themselves in third place (out of 14 teams) through 18 holes with a combined score of 310, led by Halen Davis who was tied for second after carding a 74.

The UFV squad slipped to fifth during Tuesday’s second and final round, posting a score of 325 for a two-day total of 635. Daniel Campbell (77-76=153) and Davis (74-80=154) both notched top-10 individual results, finishing fifth and tied for sixth, respectively.

Zach Olson (T-35th, 78-84=162), Kyle Claggett (50th, 81-85=166) and Wyatt Brook (T-71st, 85-89=174) also competed on behalf of the Cascades.

“I have to say, when we planned the trip to Texas, we weren’t expecting sub-zero temperatures,” UFV head coach Chris Bertram noted. “Between that, the wind, and a very tough golf course, we certainly faced a good challenge. You don’t often see scoring averages in the mid-80s at this level. It was a great learning experience for us, though.”

Oklahoma City University, No. 1 in the NAIA national rankings, finished first, running away with the title by 16 strokes with a two-day score of 602. Texas Wesleyan was second at 618, and Ottawa (Ariz.) University was third at 628. Okahoma City’s Jack Madden (71-75=146) was the individual champ.

Up next for the Cascades is a tournament hosted by the Camosun Chargers at Highland Pacific Golf Course in Victoria, March 16-17.

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