On the eve of the PING CCAA Golf National Championships, two golfers from the host University of the Fraser Valley Cascades were honoured as All-Canadians at the CCAA awards banquet.
Hannah Dirksen, a second-year Cascade from Mission, B.C., made her debut on the women’s All-Canadian team, while fourth-year UFV golfer Connor O’Dell of Maple Ridge, B.C. was named a men’s All-Canadian for the second straight year.
Dirksen captured the PacWest individual title by four strokes, thanks in large part to tournament wins at the KPU and UFV Invitationals. Additionally, she led the Cascades women’s team to the PacWest conference silver medal.
“I’m so proud of her as a player this year – how she’s matured in her skill level, but also in her leadership on the team,” said Cascades assistant coach Jennifer Greggain.
O’Dell finished second in the PacWest overall standings this season, highlighted by a three-stroke victory at the UFV Invitational, to earn his second All-Canadian nod. He also helped guide the Cascades men’s team to the PacWest silver medal.
“Connor did exactly what we hoped and expected him to do – he delivered another All-Canadian performance,” UFV head coach Chris Bertram said. “We certainly hope his best is yet to come at nationals.”
The PING CCAA Golf Championships tee off on Wednesday morning at Chilliwack Golf Club. The tournament continues Thursday and Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.