Pauls leads Cascades to Coquihalla Cup

Chilliwack's Aaron Pauls lit it up at the Dunes at Kamloops, helping the UFV golf squad get a solid start to their season.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades men’s golf team defeated the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack, 5.5 to 4.5, to capture their fourth straight Coquihalla Cup title.

The tournament was played last weekend at the Dunes at Kamloops Golf Club, with Chilliwack’s Aaron Pauls leading the Cascade contingent.

Pauls shared most valuable player honours with TRU’s Brent Pound.

The two men were tied in the skills competition, and Pauls’s win in his Sunday singles match clinched the cup for UFV.

The MVP trophy was recently renamed in honour of Connor Richey, a former UFV golfer who passed away suddenly last month.

“Connor was a great young man who exemplified dedication to improving his golf game,” said UFV golf coach Chris Bertram. “His smile and his love of life were contagious, and he always loved to laugh. The Connor Richey award is meant to go to players who share these attributes and certainly Aaron and Brent fit the bill.”

As Pauls and company did their thing, the UFV women’s golf team made their debut memorable, going 4-0 to capture their own Coquihalla Cup title.

Dani Shap (Mission) won the skills competition and her Sunday singles victory sealed the win for the ladies.

The Cascades start PACWEST regular season play this weekend in Nanaimo, as the VIU (Vancouver Island University) Mariners host the first of four conference tournaments to determine who wins the PACWEST championship.

Pauls is one of four Chilliwack golfers on the men’s team. He’s joined by Sardis secondary school grads Matt Gudmundson and Kyle Hayhow and Brookswood (Langley) alum Scott Benstead.

Chilliwack Golf and Country Club assistant pro Brad Clapp is Bertram’s assistant coach.