Posted on: October 10, 2013
After a two year absence, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack golf team will be represented at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national golf championships.
The WolfPack will be sending second year player Brent Pound (Kamloops, BC) to Quebec on the weekend to compete in the Championships, which will be held at the Royal Quebec Golf Club in Quebec City, Quebec beginning Tuesday (Oct 15).
Head coach Bill Bilton Junior says Pound, who finished fourth in the PACWEST individual race is a legitimate candidate to go. “ As you know the season was short as we had a wash out in Victoria,” he says. “ Brent was T2 in two of the 3 events and could have won overall individual with the missed event. Low round 66 at Chilliwack and T4 overall in the PacWest. Just 6 shots back of the winner (Will Deck). I saw a change in Brent right from the start of the year. He clearly made up his mind that we wanted to plan and wanted to win. Brent has the ability to shot low and is not afraid to do so. Meaning, 6,7,8 under or more doesn’t make him nervous. He stays in the present and plays each shot as it comes. All good players do. His putting has gained momentum and he is dropping more putts. Added up, he is very confident in his abilities and plays fearless golf.”
Pound, a PACWEST all-star in 2013, felt he didn’t finish his season the way he liked but his two second place finishes were a highlight. He is confident of his game going into the Nationals. “. I just believe in my abilities and when things aren’t going just right I’m very good at staying patient and positive and in golf when you get down on yourself and start trying to force things your game usually goes south. “
Pound played at the Canadian men’s amateur in Winnipeg in 2011 so playing on the national stage isn’t new to him. “ Although I didn’t make the cut I learned a lot,’ he says. “ I am really looking forward to the CCAA nationals. It is really cool playing golf on new courses. I am pretty ancy to get a look at the Royal Quebec club.”
Bilton will be going with his player to Quebec and has the game plan all set out. “At Nationals we are just going to play as if it is any other shot on a regular practice day. Good decisions, positive thinking and aggressive execution to our targets. In terms of results, I like to set a game plan and let results evolve. The only thing Brent can control is his game and thought process. Other competitors don’t exist as far as we are concerned. It is just Brent against the golf course given the conditions of the day trying to shoot his personal best. If we follow this plan, we should have a good shot at the title. “
The skills competition is set for Tuesday (Oct 15) morning along with the practice round. The competition begins Wednesday (Oct 16) and winds up on Friday (Oct 18).