Made up of three second-year golfers and one rookie, the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s golf team showed poise and experience beyond their years in capturing the PACWEST silver medal last weekend at the fourth and final tournament of the year, hosted by the Okanagan Golf Club.
“We are so proud of the way our girls played,” praised second-year golf coach Cass Hritzuk, “they learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and played some beautiful golf, that in itself is a complete success.”
Finishing the tournament in second place for the fourth straight time, 11 strokes back of tournament No. 4 champion Fraser Valley, took the drama out of qualifying for the national championship. The women went into the provincial championship tournament with a 69 stroke edge over the third-place Vancouver Island Mariners. VIU finished third in Kelowna with 55-strokes behind UBC Okanagan.
Individually, Carolyn Lee finished second in the tournament and second overall in the PACWEST but did not achieve that result the easy way. Lee struggled on day-one finishing in seventh shooting a 92, 13 behind Kelowna native Jen Woods.
Determined to finish in the top three Lee came out on day 2 and shot the best round on the PACWEST women’s tour to date this season with a blistering 75. Her two-day score ended up at 167 good enough for second overall in the tournament and the PACWEST silver medal and a PACWEST All-Star award.
West Kelowna’s Jessica Kozak finished tied for fourth (87, 87-174) and Emily Adams was sixth (89, 88-177). These three will represent UBC Okanagan at the upcoming 2014 CCAA PING Golf National Championship. Kelsey McGillis played this season as an individual.
The nationals are set for Oct. 15 to 17 at the Royal Quebec Golf Club.
Decks wins season finale…
An exciting yet bittersweet weekend for the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s golf team at the fourth and final PACWEST tournament finished up Sunday at the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna.
Will Deck won the tournament by just one stroke over his teammate Nick Krystal, while the Heat men, as a team, finished 15 shots ahead of Camosun for the tournament win.
An exciting two days for the UBC Okanagan golfers as they nearly completed a Hollywood style comeback to qualify for the national championships in Quebec, falling just two strokes short.
Although heartbreaking, the coach of the Heat golf team Cass Hritzuk was positive as always and was very impressed by his team’s performance and near miraculous comeback.
“Golf is challenging enough when there is no pressure,” Hritzuk says in his usual philosophical style, “but to perform in that way with the pressurized goal of overcoming such a huge shot deficit is unbelievable.”
Deck, needing to lead his team to a first or second place cumulative finish by making up the 17 strokes to continue his university golf career, did just that.
Deck went 68-73 (141) to take first, while teammate Nick Krystal was second at 142.
James Casorso was the top UBC Okanagan male individual golfer on the circuit this year, as the second year player from Immaculata finished sixth overall.