Kwantlen Eagles Host 2nd PACWEST Golf Tournament

Sun, Sep 16, 2012

(Metro Vancouver) – The Eagles hosted the 2nd PACWEST Golf Tournament of the 2012-2013 season at the Hazelmere Country Club in Surrey. With a full team of 7 male players and one female, the Eagles welcomed Mark Gamache (Surrey) and Caroline Gleerup (Sweden) for their rookie debut. Gleerup is the Eagles’ first female golfer since 2006 [Kristina Sutherland].

Day 1 provided a fast course with lots of hardpan fairways and lightning-quick greens. Aaron Ferrer (Delta) turned in the best result for the Eagles with a solid first round of +3 for 75 on the day. Jason Thompson (Langley) held on to a 78 score, despite bogeying the last three holes. Thomas Rose (Surrey), who held the lowest score for the Eagles in the first PACWEST Tournament, also struggled on Day 1 on the back nine to keep his score in the 70’s with a 79.

Final round action on Day 2 turned in some exciting play as Thompson rallied back after a tough start, finishing the last 7 holes at one-under par and producing a terrific 75 result for a 153 over the weekend. Meanwhile, Ferrer came in with two birdies on the last six holes to finish with an impressive 76 and sole possession of 14th place in the Tournament at 151 points. The remaining members of the Eagles were puzzled by the difficult Hazelmere track, requiring precision tee shots and very accurate iron play to the tricky pin placements set up on both days. This is indicated by the best overall score in the field, Jared Callbeck (Camosun) firing 72 and 74, for a total of 146 for the tournament.

Closely behind Ferrer was Thompson who tied for 15th place over the tournament. Rose and Jeff Tanaka (Surrey) finishing tied for 29th and 36th, respectively. “I was very happy with our team, especially on the second day as we rallied together and finished strongly to pass Douglas and Thompson Rivers University in the standings,” said head coach, Levi Arcega. “We still have lots of work to do and each individual has a different challenge to face if we are to bypass the UFV and UBC-O teams.” The Eagles team placed a consistent 5th place in Team standings.

Gleerup (Sweden) played in her very first PACWEST Tournament and struggled on the difficult layout and overcoming nerves but was pleased with her performance. “I was so nervous out there but the girls I matched up with were so supportive and understanding and I learned so much playing in this competition,” stated Gleerup of her inaugural performance.

The next tournament of the season will be hosted by VIU at the Nanaimo Golf & Country Club on September 29th and 30th.