Olson, Dirksen win golf tournaments

UFV golfers win individual competitions at Pacwest event in Surrey

The second Pacwest golf tournament of the season proved to be a breakout moment for UFV’s Zach Olson.

The Alberta native shot a tournament-low two-day total of 143 to win the individual division at the KPU Invitational at Northview Golf and Country in Surrey on Saturday and Sunday.

Olson shot a 72 on Saturday and followed that up with a 71 on Sunday to earn his first tournament win in Pacwest play.

Other UFV golfers competing at the event included: Nathan Bahnman (fifth, 149), Connor O’Dell (eighth, 151), Connor McLennan (ninth, 152), Harrison Clegg (t-15th, 156), Ryan Graf (18th, 157), Cody Stewart (t-20th, 159) and Kaleb Fisher (t-27th, 165).

Olson, O’Dell, McLennan, Graf and Fisher shot a combined 603 in the team division to place nine strokes behind winner Camosun College.

UFV’s Hannah Dirksen won her first tournament of the season, shooting a combined 163 over the two days. Dirksen compiled an 82 on Saturday and an 81 on Sunday to earn top spot. She beat out UFV’s Jennifer Kell, who shot a 170 to finish second. Cascades golfer Ciara Melhus finished seventh and shot 189.

The Cascades also won the team division at the event, with a combined score of 333 to beat out UBCO by nine strokes.

UFV returns to the links for the third Pacwest tournament at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria on Saturday and Sunday.