Cascades in the hunt through two rounds at CCAA nationals

Hannah Dirksen and the Cascades are in the thick of the medal chase at CCAA golf nationals.

Hannah Dirksen and the Cascades are in the thick of the medal chase at CCAA golf nationals.

The University of the Fraser Valley golf teams are in the mix for medals heading into the final round at the PING CCAA Golf National Championships.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s second round at Fox Meadow Golf Course in Stratford, PEI, the Cascades were represented in the top five in all four medal competitions – the men’s and women’s team events, and the men’s and women’s individual.

The UFV men’s team got off to a red-hot start – they were a collective two under par through three holes, and jumped from third place to first. They cooled off somewhat as the day wore on, and ended up tied for fourth place (585 cumulative strokes), just three shots back of the front-running Niagara College Knights.

The Cascades’ Halen Davis fired the low round of the day, a four-under 68, to move into a tie for third place at -3 for the tournament, five strokes back of Niagara’s Josiah Dixon. Connor O’Dell and Cole Briggs are both tied for 12th overall at +2, with Zach Olson (+8, T32) and Nathan Bahnman (+9, T38) also in the top half of the field.

“It was a fun day on the course today, and a bit of a roller-coaster ride,” UFV head coach Chris Bertram said. “In the end, we have put ourselves in a prime position to go after the title.”

The UFV women’s team began the day in fifth place, but clawed their way to third place on a crowded leaderboard with 318 total strokes. Just two strokes separate second through fourth place, and the Georgian Grizzlies hold an 11-stroke lead at 306.

Hannah Dirksen is in the individual medal hunt – at +11 for the tournament, she’s in fifth place, but is just four strokes back of leader Becky Martin of the Medicine Hat Rattlers. Sharon Park (+19) is in 11th place, while Jennifer Kell (+34) is 20th.

“It was great to see the women bounce back today and get back into medal contention,” Bertram said. “We’ve got some work to do tomorrow but this is a talented team and they have tremendous confidence.

“Tomorrow is going to be fun.”

The 54-hole tournament, hosted by Holland College, wraps up on Friday. Event coverage, including leaderboards and video streaming, is available at ccaa.ca/sports/golf.

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