Cascades getting home-course advantage

After traveling to Quebec this year, UFV will be home in Chilliwack for the 2015 PING Golf National Championships.

The UFV Cascades golf teams won’t be travelling very far on their way to the 2015 PING Golf National Championships.

The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) announced Wednesday that the 2015 event will be played at UFV’s home course, the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.

More than 100 varsity golfers and coaches will visit the Valley for the tourney.

“It’s really exciting news for UFV and the Cascades golf program,” said UFV golf coach Chris Bertram. “The board at the CG&CC endorsed the bid enthusiastically and I know general manager Bryan Ewart and his staff at the club are going to do a first class job hosting the event.”

The Cascades men’s and women’s teams both won gold at the 2013 championships.

They’re both considered strong contenders for this year’s event, which will be hosted by Champlain College St. Lawrence in Quebec.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to host the 2015 CCAA National Golf Championships at a spectacular golf course nestled in the beautiful Fraser Valley,” said UFV athletics director Rocky Olfert. “Our committee is dedicated to providing a great student-athlete experience and we can’t wait to welcome the top golfers in the CCAA.”

The Cascades just returned from Winnipeg, where the men finished fifth at the Canadian University/College Championships.

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