(L-R) 2018 PACWEST Silver Medalists: Mike Flegel, Cole Yungen, Alex Cordero, Tyler Robertson, Scott Merriam. Photo courtesy VIU Mariners Athletics

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The Camosun College Chargers Men’s Golf team struck silver this weekend at the 2018 PACWEST Provincial Championships in Nanaimo, October 5-7 and with a Top 2 finish, the squad has booked their ticket to the CCAA National Golf Championships in Medicine Hat, AB October 15-19.

“It was a good weekend for us in Nanaimo, the guys came through,” comments Chargers Men’s Golf Head Coach Doug Hastie. “It was our goal from the beginning of the season to finish Top 2 at the PACWEST Championship and to accomplish that, we knew we had to play up to our potential.”

The defending CCAA National Champion University of the Fraser Valley Cascades captured the 2018 PACWEST Men’s Golf title with a three-round cumulative total of 889. Camosun placed second with 907 and the UBC-Okanagan Heat finished with 923 to pick up bronze.

The three-day PACWEST Provincial show-down was played through all conditions – from wind and rain on Friday, to sunny skies on Saturday, and a torrent of showers for the final round on Sunday.

“The name of the game was patience as the playing conditions were far from ideal,” states Coach Hastie. “But our players were able to keep their cool and their minds on the task. One of the keys to our success was that all five guys counted at least two scores with no one having a really bad day. Tyler came through in the first round with a 73 and then Mike, who has been battling a bad hip and back, came in with a 71 on the second day which gave us some breathing room going into Sunday. Sunday felt like a battle for all the guys, but they hung in there and ended up posting the best team score of the day.”

Camosun Individual Men’s scores:

5             Mike Flegel (Yr 5, BBA, Moose Jaw, SK)                                 76+71+78            225

T6           Tyler Robertson (Yr 4, BBA, Prince George)                          73+77+77            227

T8           Alex Cordero (Yr 2, Sport Management, Victoria)               78+75+75            228

T10        Cole Yungen (Yr 2, BBA, Powell River)                                    78+75+77            230

Fifth-year BBA student-athlete Scott Merriam (Cranbrook) shot 231 (79+77+75) to finish T14.

“It would have been very difficult for us to challenge UFV for the title, but coming second and qualifying for Nationals was very satisfying for the team,” says Coach Hastie.

The 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Golf Championships will be hosted by Medicine Hat College at the Desert Blume Golf Club, October 15-19 with the opening round of the 72-hole event starting on Tuesday, October 16.

Find results, photos and daily recaps on the 2018 CCAA National Golf Championship website.