Names and Games: Camosun golf team charged up early

The Camosun College Chargers men’s golf team got their Pacwest season off to a winning start last weekend in Nanaimo.

The Chargers were victorious at the Vancouver Island University Invitational at Nanaimo Golf Club.

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Camosun, led by third-year player Alex Cordero, won the two-day even by two strokes over Douglas College and 13 ahead of third-place finisher VIU.

Cordero, studying sport management, led Camosun with a two-day total of 148, just one shot back of overall individual winner Travis LeClair of Douglas College, who finished with a 147 total.

Dylan Green of Camosun finished in sixth place with rounds of 79 and 77, while teammates Simon Hassel and Tyler Robinson tied for seventh with two-round totals of 157.

The Chargers remain on the Island this weekend as they host the Camosun Open at Highland Pacific Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday.

Next on the tee: Zone 5 Foursomes

Some of the best women golfers on the south Island will take to Cedar Hill Golf Course this weekend as the 71st Annual Zone 5 Foursomes Tournament tees off for the start of the five-day event.

The format consists of pairs of golfers playing alternate shot format and 2018 champions Sheila Mitchell and Susan Dafoe of Olympic View return to try to defend their title.

Qualifying, using stroke play, takes place on Friday at Cedar Hill, before the pairs play begins Monday at Duncan Meadows. The tournament then moves to Gorge Vale on Tuesday, Cowichan Golf Club on Thursday, with the final round going Sept. 27 at Uplands Golf Club.

Island flavour to PGA of B.C. finalists

The PGA of B.C. released its regional award recipients this week with several Island clubs and pros now finalists for the provincial awards.

Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club pro Neil Bidewell is one of four finalists for the Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year Award, while Rich Ingle of Arbutus Ridge is a finalist for the Executive Professional of the Year.

Joining the finalists for the Fred Wood Class A Professional of the Year is Brian Wise of Glacier Greens, and Corey Lowe of Cordova Bay Golf Course is among four finalists for the Jack McLaughlin Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award.

Victoria Golf Club has been nominated for the Ben Colk Golf Shop of the Year Award, and the Campbell River Golf and Country Club is one of four finalists for the Golf Facility of the Year.

PGA of B.C. members will now vote for their preferred candidates, with the winners being announced at the annual PGA of B.C. Awards Celebration on Oct. 16 at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.

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