Men’s golf team fourth, Dirksen fifth individually at Bandon Crossings tourney

Aaron Pauls finished 12th in the individual men's standings at the Bandon Crossings tournament in Oregon.

Aaron Pauls finished 12th in the individual men’s standings at the Bandon Crossings tournament in Oregon.

After a tough opening round, the University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf team bounced back for a solid finish at the Bandon Crossings Tournament in Oregon.

The Cascades placed fourth overall at the event, hosted by Southwestern Oregon Community College. After opening with a combined score of 316 in Sunday’s first round, they trimmed eight strokes off their total on Monday – the second-best team performance of the day.

Spokane Community College won in decisive fashion, posting a two-day total of 595 (+12) to outdistance Olympic College (+34), tourney host Southwest Oregon (+42) and UFV (+48).

Connor McLellan (T9, +11) led the way for the Cascades men, followed by Aaron Pauls (11th, +12), Taylor Callens (T12, +13), Zach Olson (21st, +16), Connor O’Dell (T22, +18) and Cody Stewart (35th, +27).

“I was pleased with how the guys bounced back,” said UFV golf coach Chris Bertram, noting that Callens really stepped up on Day 2 with a two-over 74. “It wasn’t our best outing, for sure. We struggled a little bit with some tough windy conditions and didn’t play our best. But there were some pretty good signs that we’re close, and we’ve just got to tighten up a few things before the Golf Canada event.”

The Bandon Crossings tourney was the last competition for the Cascades prior to the Golf Canada University/College Championship, which runs May 26-29 at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ont.

The Cascades had one female golfer in the field at Bandon Crossings. Hannah Dirksen turned in a solid opening round of 82 and was tied for third place, but ended up in fifth after carding a 91 on Monday.

“She’s a rookie, and she played well,” Bertram said of Dirksen. “A fifth-place finish down here is pretty good.”

Other major events on the horizon for the Cascades golf program include their annual fundraising pro-am, which runs June 15, and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) PING Golf National Championships, Oct. 13-16. Both events will be held at Chilliwack Golf Club.

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