Jennifer Kell shot an 82 on Saturday and followed up with an 85 on Sunday to win the women’s individual title.

Mission’s Jennifer Kell wins golf invitational for UFV

Kell, a sophomore from Mission, shot an 82 on Saturday and followed up with an 85 on Sunday to win the women’s individual.

An individual victory by Jennifer Kell highlighted a strong weekend for the University of the Fraser Valley golf teams at the UBC Okanagan Invitational, contested at Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna.

Kell, a sophomore from Mission,  shot an 82 on Saturday and followed up with an 85 on Sunday to win the women’s individual ahead of UBCO’s Lauren Siemers (two-round total of 168) and McKenna Lesiuk (170).

Her Cascades teammates, including Mission’s Hannah Dirksen (172) and Sharon Park (175), finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The UFV women’s team won the team event with a combined score of 339, seven strokes better than the Heat, and they now lead the overall standings by 25 strokes (649 to UBCO’s 674). The top three in the individual aggregate are all Cascades, with Dirksen (325) leading Park (327) and Kell (329).

“It was great to see Jennifer get her first win this weekend,” UFV head coach Chris Bertram said. “She’s been working really hard the past few months, and it’s nice to see that paying off.”

Earlier this month, Dirksen finished second (153) and Dell finished third (162) at the first PacWest tournament, the UFV Invitational at the Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford on Sept. 10 and 11.

Bertram wasn’t the only one noticing Kell’s stellar performance. She was also named the PacWest female athlete of the week for her play in Kelowna.

The Cascades golf teams are back in action this weekend at the Douglas Invitational. The third of four PacWest conference tournaments will be held Saturday and Sunday at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam.

The four-tournament event wraps up in Nanaimo at the VIU Invitational on Oct. 1, before the PING CCAA Golf National Championships in Ontario in late October.

For more on the team, visit ufvcascades.ca.

 

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