Decisive win for Kapchinsky at VIU Invitational

UFV’s Maddie Kapchinsky won the VIU Invitational last weekend.

An individual victory for Maddie Kapchinsky highlighted an outstanding weekend for the University of the Fraser Valley golf program at the Vancouver Island University Invitational.

Competing at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, B.C., first-year Cascade Kapchinsky won the women’s division in decisive fashion, and the UFV women also won the team title behind a one-two-three individual finish for Kapchinsky, Emery Bardock and Hannah Dirksen.

Kapchinsky, a Kelowna, B.C. product, followed a round of 78 on Saturday with an even-par 72 on Sunday to win by 10 strokes. She was followed by Bardock (81-79=160), a winner the previous week at the UBC Okanagan Invitational, and Dirksen (83-79=162), a two-time CCAA All-Canadian.

The Cascades’ two-round cumulative score of 310 was 41 strokes better than the runner-up UBC Okanagan Heat, and they hold a 69-stroke advantage over UBCO with two of four PACWEST tournaments complete. Bardock (315) leads the women’s overall standings, ahead of teammates Kapchinsky (323) and Dirksen (326).

On the men’s side, the Cascades finished tied for first with UBC Okanagan, as both squads posted weekend scores of 588. In the overall season standings, the Heat (1,160) maintain their seven-stroke edge on UFV (1,167). The top two teams are beginning to separate themselves from the pack – third-place VIU (1,200) is 33 strokes back of the Cascades.

Four UFV golfers placed top-10 in the men’s individual standings: Halen Davis (T2, 71-74=145), Zach Olson (5th, 69-77=146), Ben Whiton (T6, 76-71=147) and Kyle Claggett (10th, 73-77=150). Cole Briggs (31st, 88-82=170) rounded out UFV’s five-man roster for the team competition. A trio of Cascades participated as individuals: Daniel Campbell (66-69=135) posted the low score of the weekend, and Kai Ji (76-79=155) and Jacob Lucki (T17, 83-73=156) also had solid showings.

Campbell’s score would have been good for a nine-stroke victory, ahead of VIU’s Wyatt Brook (71-73=144). But because UFV already had one international competitor in the field (Davis, of Stanwood, Wash.), the scores of fellow imports Campbell (Bellingham, Wash.) and Ji (Seoul, South Korea) were not considered part of the official individual competition.

Davis (287 cumulative strokes) sits second in the overall individual standings, two back of UBCO’s James Casorso. Whiton (5th, 290) and Olson (6th, 291) are also in the top 10.

This coming weekend, the Cascades head back to the Island for the Camosun Invitational at Highland Pacific Golf Course in Victoria.

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