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Heat's Woods wins season opener

Jen Woods captured her seventh career collegiate golf tournament this week and was named PACWEST Female Athlete of the Week.  - Contributed
Jen Woods captured her seventh career collegiate golf tournament this week and was named PACWEST Female Athlete of the Week.
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Days after helping the UBC Okanagan women's golf team capture the team title in PACWEST tournament play in Kamloops, 5th year Kelowna student Jen Woods was singled out for her stellar play.

Woods was named the PACWEST female athlete of the week after winning the women's golf tournament at the Dunes Golf and Country Club in Kamloops.

She entered the second day of the event trailing teammate Alana Kent by three strokes but fired a 78 to capture the event.

Windy conditions made the course tough, but Woods was one of the only players to better her score from day one to two, after opening with an 81.

Heat golf coach Mike Darnbrough said Woods showed her experience on day two and was able to battle the elements and shoot better on Sunday than she did on Saturday.

“Jen Woods played very solid golf on day two after a tougher first day," he said. "She settled right down and was able to handle the more difficult conditions on day two very well. Her focused approach certainly paid off.”

It was Woods seventh career win and first of the season.

In her five years on the team Woods has captured seven of 17 tournaments played in and won two national tournament all-stars. These accomplishments are even more impressive due to the fact that in Jen’s freshman season on the PACWEST (formerly the BCCAA) golf league she was the only female golfer and competed directly with her male counterparts.

Meanwhile the men’s team was unable to hold onto a lead after day one and finished up fourth in the team event. Cody Bell (2nd year, Salmon Arm, BC) was the Heat’s top golfer at four shots off the pace with a two-day 143.

Day two's windy conditions affected a few of the UBC Okanagan men’s team with three of the five golfing in Kamloops adding five to seven strokes from Saturday to Sunday.

“Day 1 we had three very good scores a pretty good one and an average one, while on day two three of the players added strokes,” explained Darnbrough  “Will Deck (3rd year, Kelowna, BC) shot another 74 and Talon Moore (1st year, Vancouver, BC) shot another 78. We did not play poorly, but three teams, especially UFV, played exceptionally well. It was very windy, which affected a few of our players.”

This weekend the team will play at the Hazelmere golf club in South Surrey, B.C., as Kwantlen Polytechnic University will host the second PACWEST tournament of the year. The two-day tournament will run Saturday and Sunday the 15-16 of September.

Decksheimer wins…

West Kelowna's Morgan Decksheimer won the first event of the season on the PacWest men's golf circuit.

The Mt. Boucherie grad, who attends Vancouver Island University, carded a two-day score of 139 (69-70) at the TRU Invitational at the Dunes in Kamloops.

Decksheimer finished one stroke ahead Fraser Valley's Darren Whitehouse.

After opening with the best round one score of 68, UBCO's Cody Bell tied for third with a 143 total.

Finishing in a tie for sixth was UBC Okanagan's Harvey Hubball with a two-round score of (70-65) 145.

The Heat's William Deck tied for 10th, while teammate Michael Lee was 19th, and Talon Moore tied for 27th.

The next stop on the PACWEST tour is this weekend, Sept. 14 and 15  at the Hazleton Golf and Country Club, hosted by Kwantlen.

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Four rounds in the 70s put Kelowna golfer Norm Bradley in the upper echelon of golfers who took part in the Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, held at Vancouver's Point Grey Golf and Country Club Sept. 4 to 7.

Bradley carded 78, 77, 74 and 75 to finish 26th in the mid-amateur championship out of over 150 golfers who started the event.

His 16 over par total was also good enough for 10th spot in the mid-master division of the Canadian championships.

Jason Monteleone of Kelowna also played in the mid-amateur and finished in 63rd spot, making the cut with rounds of 79, 75, 85 and 76. Monteleone was 29th in the mid-master division.

The mid-amateur was won by Kevin Carrigan of Victoria who shot 67,73,75 and 70 to finish at -3. Dave Bunker of Ontario won the mid-master division with an even par total.

 

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