Kelowna native Haley Cameron helped UBC to a second-place effort at the NAIA women's golf championship.

Haley Cameron closes out UBC Thunderbirds’ career

Kelowna golfer finishes fourth at NAIA nationals, plays this week at Canadian university championship in Montreal

The last and best season of Haley Cameron’s university golf career will come to a close this week in Quebec.

The 22-year-old Kelowna product is playing in the individual portion of the Golf Canada University/College Championship beginning Tuesday the Val des Lacs Golf Club near Montreal.

Cameron and her UBC Thunderbirds teammates are fresh off a second-place showing in team competition at the NAIA national women’s championship last week in Lincoln, Nebraska.

While the T’Birds were unable to defend their team title from 2012, Cameron turned in one of the finest individual performances of her four-year stint at UBC.

She finished fourth overall in a field of 88 golfers from across North America, carding a four-day score of 306 (76-76-74-80), 18-over par. If not for a difficult back nine (+6) in the final round, her final placing could have been ever better.

Still, Cameron was pleased with both the team’s and her own results in her final NAIA tournament.

“We came in with high hopes of defending last year’s title, but a runner-up finish still says a lot about the strength of this team,” said Cameron, a KSS grad who played in the final group on Friday in Lincoln. “It’s definitely the most united group of girls I’ve played with in my four years, and I honestly can’t imagine a better finish to my NAIA career than walking up 18 in the final group of the national championship to see my team supporting me green side. My last nine holes were the shakiest of the four-day event, but it was really fun to experience playing with that kind of pressure and opportunity.”

As for this week’s Canadian University finals in Montreal, Cameron plans to enjoy and savour the experience, her last tournament as a Thunderbird.

“I’ve always wanted to play golf in Montreal and I can’t think of a more poetic way to cap off four great years,” she said. “I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to play golf at UBC throughout my degree, and so thankful for the amazing friendships and memories UBC golf has provided me with.”