KELOWNA, B.C.- Two rounds with scores exactly of 247 allowed the Heat to cruise into a fifth-place finish at the first Canada West golf championships. The inaugural event was played on the UBC Okanagan women's golf team's home course, the Bear Course of the Okanagan Golf Club, and as host, the women used their home course advantage to finish strong at the 36-hole event this past Saturday-Sunday.
It was UBCO's second-year golfer, Samantha Copeland, after her breakout year last season with two tournament wins, who led the way for the Okanagan team. She was the Heat's top finisher at (+16) 160. Her opening day (+9) 81 was followed up by a (+7) 79 in round two. She scorched her last nine holes with a 37 after the final turn. The women started on hole 10 both days so that 37 was on 1-9 of the Bear.
After the tournament, Copeland said, "I think I handled the pressure well…My mental game was pretty good this weekend so I'm happy."
However, it was Shania Remandaban who would bring home the individual championship for the UBC Thunderbirds. Her tournament-low (-2) 70 in the second round led her to victory as she came in at (+4) 148. Three players tied for second, three shots back: Calgary's Victoria Tse (+7) 151, UBC's Kate Johnson (+7) 151, Victoria's Rhiannon Jones (+7) 151
Finishes of the Heat women:
- Samantha Copeland T-14 (+16) 160
Kayleigh Trowman 16 (+19) 163
McKenna Lesiuk 21 (+27) 171
Rebecca Reitsma 23 (+31) 175
Chloe Sies T-24 (+34) 178
The Canada West championship is now a qualifier for the Canadian University/College golf championships. The Heat finished outside the three-team cut to go to the national tournament this May in fifth place while the qualifying teams heading to Quebec are: UBC (+17), Victoria (+30), and UFV (+45).
The Heat next compete in Vikes Shootout on October 13 at the Cordova Bay Club in Victoria.
At the inaugural Canada West golf championship, the Heat men's golf team fell just shy of a spot in the Canadian University/College golf championships with their fourth-place finish. Canada West hosted its first-ever championship in Kelowna this past weekend on the Bear Course of the Okanagan Golf Club.
Familiarity with the course of the championship helped UBC Okanagan for much of the tourney, but a tough finish in the final round ended up costing the bronze medal for the home team. At +11, just three strokes behind the University of Victoria the Heat finished with a score of 587. The UFV Cascades ran away with the team and individual titles. Fraser Valley's Daniel Campbell was never challenged in leading his team to the tournament, the fifth-year from UFV had the tournament low score of (-8) 64 in the first round. He followed up with a (-4) 68 to win the individual tournament by a commanding seven shots, coming in at (-12) 132. The Cascades rode Campbell's hot clubs to the team title by 19-strokes (562). The Thunderbirds earned silver at 581 as B.C. schools dominated the event.
At the Bear course, third-year lefty, Nik Federko lead the charge for the Heat. His first round (-5) 67 propelled the former Zone 2 junior champion to a 36-hole score of (-2) 142. Federko was the Heat's top finisher, coming in fourth place, 10 shots behind Campbell. Top three was rounded out by UBC's Andrejz Wierzba (-5) 137 and UFV's Wyatt Brook (-4) 138.
- Nik Federko 4, (-2) 142
Cole Wilson T-13, (+5) 149
Ethan Hunt T-16, (+6) 150
Ollie Rizun T-16, (+6) 150
Marcus Apchin T-16, (+6) 150
Apchin said, following the tournament, "I hit the ball really well, just couldn't find anything on the greens."
A chance for revenge in their next tournament the Heat are off to Victoria for the Vike shootout on October 13 at the Cordova Bay Club in Victoria.