Mission golfers help UFV Cascades to win

Both Hannah Derksen and Jennifer Kell reach podium at Oregon tournament

Mission talent helped lead The University of the Fraser Valley women’s golf team to victory at the Southwest Oregon Community College Invitational last weekend.

Taking on a field of NAIA programs at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., Mission’s Hannah Derksen (80-79=159) and Jennifer Kell (84-76=160) finished second and third respectively at the event.

The duo, along with Surrey’s Sharon Park (79-71=150), swept the podium and also won the overall team title.

The Cascades women held a two-stroke lead over Spokane Community College after day one, before running away with the team title on day two.

Their two-day combined score of 469 was 21 strokes better than Spokane (490), and Columbia Basin College (503) took third.

“They played great,” UFV head coach Chris Bertram marveled. “It was really nice to see them all come up with some pretty clutch rounds of golf when they needed to in the final round, and really pull together as a team.”

The Cascades’ spring season culminates later this month at the Canadian University/College Championship.

The event runs May 29-June 1 at Tangle Creek Golf &Country Club in Barrie, Ont.

“I’m optimistic,” Bertram said. “I think we have teams that can compete. It’s going to be a tough field, obviously, with some great teams, but if we play the way we’re capable we should be able to find our way into contention.”

For more on the team, visit ufvcascades.ca.