The UBCO men's and women's golf teams after playing the season opening event in Kamloops. The teams are back on the links this weekend with two rounds in Kelowna at the Okanagan Golf Club.

UBC Okanagan golfers start season strong

Hitting the home course of the Bear and Quail this weekend

UBC Okanagan golfers opened up the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest) season at the Dunes Golf Course in Kamloops last weekend.

The men’s team finished fifth out of eight teams while the women’s team finished ahead of Douglas College as the only colleges with women’s teams competing as golfers played two rounds towards team and individual totals

The two day event at the Dunes opened up the season for the eight universities that compete in the PacWest Golf Tour.

This weekend the tour will move to Kelowna for rounds at the Okanagan Golf Club as linksters will play the Bear and the Quail courses Saturday and Sunday.

The UBCO women’s golf team consists of Alana Kent, Jenn Woods and Martina Osman. Kent fired the best round last weekend shooting a 79 on day one before carding an 84 on day two. Woods shot a pair of 82s while Osman’s best round was an 88.

On the men’s team Cody Bell, Will Deck, Ken Osbourne, Luc Chase and Harvey Hubball combined to place fifth out of eight teams.

Bell was the highest finishing member of the team in individual play after shooting 74 and 73 while Deck shot 76 and 73.

Only one round of the 10 combined by the UBCO golfers was in the 80s as the team played extremely well in the opener.

“I think the team is pretty excited, a few were pretty disappointed but generally we did very well,” said Heat golf coach Terry Nicol. “The calibre of the whole league is up quite a bit from last year so it’s going to be a pretty competitive season. Being on our home turf this weekend gives us the home course advantage so were hoping to do very well.”

Following this weekend’s event at the Okgangan Golf Club, teams will play Oct. 1 and 2 at the Comosun Invitational and Oct. 8 and 9 at the U of Fraser Valley Invitational.

The two three teams will advance to the national championships to be played this year in Prince Edward island in late October.

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