Top-three finishes for Cascades golf teams at Olympic College Invitational

Hannah Dirksen was the top Cascade women’s golfer at the Olympic College Invitational. (UFV Athletics file photos)

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s and women’s golf teams finished second and third, respectively, at the Olympic College Invitational in Bremerton, Wash. last week.

The Cascades men’s team were the defending champions of the event, hosted by Olympic College of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). They opened with a combined score of 306 on Thursday, two strokes off the pace set by front-running Spokane Community College, but despite shaving three strokes off their total in Friday’s second round, Spokane prevailed by three strokes.

Cole Briggs tied for third in the men’s individual at the Olympic Invitational.

Cole Briggs led the way for the Cascades, tying for third in the men’s individual standings at five over par (76-73), two strokes back of winner Davis Gullikson of Olympic College. Halen Davis (77-73) was one stroke behind Briggs, tied for sixth, and Connor O’Dell (T12, 76-78), Zach Olson (T15, 77-79) and Kaleb Fisher (T27, 82-79) rounded out the Cascades’ performances.

The UFV women’s squad took a three-stroke lead into the final round after a combined 265 on Thursday, but saw their score balloon to 279 on Friday and fell to third behind Southwest Oregon and Olympic. Defending women’s individual champ Hannah Dirksen (94-81) paced the UFV squad, finishing in solo fifth place at +31, nine strokes back of Alex Ferrier of Skagit Valley College. The Cascades’ Sharon Park (6th, 82-95) and Jennifer Kell (11th, 89-103) also finished in the top half of the field.

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