KPU Eagles golf: 2014 year in review and establishing a women's program in 2015

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Metro Vancouver…..The KPU Eagles men’s golf team had a strong 2014/15 PACWEST season as they finished fifth in the league at 2,437 after four tournaments. The standings are an improvement over the 2013 three-tournament season in which KPU finished seventh with 1,870 which demonstrate the growth of the program under the direction of second-year head coach Matt Palsenbarg. Veteran KPU golfer Thomas Rose, Surrey, BC celebrated his strongest season as an Eagle, which included a league All-Star nod and a trip to Quebec City to play in the 2014 PING CCAA Golf Championships in October.

The 2014 season opened with a home course advantage as the KPU Eagles hosted Tournament One at Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey, BC. The Eagles finished in fifth place with 599 before heading to Nanaimo, BC for the VIU Invitational, which ended at 634 and third place. Tournament Three was hosted by the Douglas College Royals where the Eagles finished fourth with 598 and the regular season ended in fourth place and 606 in Kelowna, BC where the UBC-O Heat hosted the 2014 PACWEST provincials.

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KPU Eagles Thomas Rose lines up his putt during Tournament One at Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey, BC

The final PACWEST standings for the KPU Eagles in 2014/15 are:
4th place: Thomas Rose Surrey, BC – 589
Tie 7th place: Tyler Roope Langley, BC – 597
16th place: Matthew Cooper Maple Ridge, BC – 622
20th place: Mark Gamache Surrey, BC – 635
25th place: Jordan Morford Abbotsford, BC – 654

The Ping CCAA Championship was to be a three-day event, but inclement weather conditions shortened the tournament to two days. Rose shot 75 on Day One and 79 on Day Two to end the tournament at +10 and 154, tied for 47th place.

“I would like to congratulate our golf team on a tremendous season,” stated KPU Director of Athletics & Recreation David Kent, “Our coaching staff and players have worked hard to build a strong foundation from which the program can grow and succeed. I look forward to seeing our guys return to the course as well as for our women’s program to get off the ground.”

The KPU Eagles women’s golf program is open to new recruits, effective immediately. Kent will host an information session in the KPU Eagles Athletics Office in 1028 Cedar, Surrey Campus on January 29th 2015 at 5:00pm for any prospective or current KPU women who are interested in playing interuniversity golf.

The Eagles will play host to the PACWEST again in 2015 as they will bring the league back to Northview Golf & Country Club for Tournament Two in September.

For more information on the KPU Eagles women’s golf program, please contact David Kent, director of athletics & recreation, at 604-599-2005 or at

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For more information on the Department of Athletics & Recreation, please contact Junelle Mah, sports information and marketing, at 604-786-0804 or at

The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC.  The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.