Through three rounds at the Canadian University/College Championship, Aaron Pauls and the UFV Cascades men’s golf team find themselves in podium position.
The Cascades combined for a score of 289 (nine over par) on Thursday at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ont., leaving them in solo third place at +38 for the tournament. They’re chasing the UBC Thunderbirds (+21) and the Victoria Vikes (+27) heading into Friday’s final round.
“Though we weren’t able to make up ground on UBC today, we did manage to move up into solo third and get into the final group tomorrow,” noted Cascades head coach Chris Bertram, whose team had been in a three-way tie for third after the second round. “That’s huge because it means we’ll play alongside the teams we’re chasing. We certainly have a tall task in front of us, but nothing is impossible in team golf.”
Pauls authored one of the best rounds of the day, shooting a sparkling two-under 68 that featured three birdies against just one bogey. That put him in a tie for first place with UBC’s Evan Holmes – both are at +1 for the week, one stroke up on Truman Tai of the Toronto Varsity Blues and two ahead of Laval’s Arthur Heinkele and UBC’s Scott Secord.
Pauls, who represented Canada at the World University Golf Championship in Switzerland last summer, is in good position to claim one of the three spots on the Canadian men’s team for the 2015 Summer Universiade, which will be held in South Korea in July.
“Aaron is playing some of the smartest and best golf I’ve ever seen him play,” said Bertram, who will serve as head coach of the Canadian men’s team at the Universiade. “It’s going to be fun to watch the final round unfold tomorrow.”
Pauls and his teammates – Connor O’Dell (+10, T22), Zach Olson (+13, T38), Cody Stewart (+16, T53) and Connor McLellan (+19, 59th) – will be aiming to be at their best on Friday as the Cascades seek to climb the leaderboard in the final round.
Live scoring can be found at the following link: https://golfcanada.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/rcga15/event/rcga155/contest/6/leaderboard.htm