An individual victory for Halen Davis and a unique one-two finish for a pair of Cascades men’s golf teams were the highlights for the host squad at the UFV Spring Invitational, held at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club over the weekend.
Alongside the host Cascades, the event featured men’s and women’s teams from MacEwan University, the women’s squad from Simon Fraser University, and individual golfers from SFU and UBC.
Davis, in his third year of eligibility from Stanwood, Wash., carded rounds of 71 on Saturday and 67 on Sunday, fashioning a two-stroke lead after Day 1 and expanding it to six strokes by the end of the 36-hole event to take the men’s individual title. Fellow Cascades Connor O’Dell (75-69) and Kaleb Fisher (73-71) and SFU’s Scott Kerr (73-71) finished in a three-way tie for second.
Davis picked up where he left off in the fall semester, which saw him win the VIU Invitational and post the Cascades’ top finish (T-8th) at the CCAA national championships.
On the team side, UFV head coach Chris Bertram added high school recruits Kyle Claggett and Devin Cutforth to the roster for the exhibition event, giving the Cascades enough players for two teams. Bertram and assistant coach Aaron Pauls both drafted five players apiece, and the two UFV squads finished one-two with Bertram’s team (featuring Davis, O’Dell, Nick Guenther, Nathan Bahnman and Claggett) prevailing.
SFU’s Erin Farmer won the women’s individual, shooting 79 and 76, and led a top-four sweep for the Clan with teammates Belinda Lin, Michelle Waters and Breanna Croxen taking second, third and fourth, respectively. UFV’s Sharon Park, a CCAA All-Canadian last fall, was fifth (81-83).
“The event went really well,” Bertram summarized. “We had some very trying weather conditions, particularly on Saturday – we had entire greens that were covered with hailstones on three different occasions. But despite that, we turned in our best (men’s team) results in probably a year. Our overall team scores were better than we’d seen in quite some time . . . our worst score on Sunday was 74, and that’s always a good problem.
“For Halen, it was amazing to see him battle through two tough days of weather and shoot the best score in the entire field. He carried the lead with poise on Sunday – he started the day with a two-shot lead and ended with a six-shot lead. He just kept getting better throughout the weekend.”
The Cascades continue their spring schedule this week as they attend the Olympic College Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.