The Heat golfers took off to Southern Ontario for the Nationals, and when they got there they made like Austin Powers and came out swinging. Both teams fared well in the regular season, with the men finishing in 3rd in the BC division, only 10 strokes behind the leader Camosun College, while the women’s team finished comfortably in 1st, beating Douglas College by 39 strokes. Not too shabby for the women’s team first year in existence.
Individually, the men boasted two of the top three golfers in the BCCAA with Jordan Krulicki and Ken Osborne second and third respectively. The women’s team included two of the top three in their division as well, with the appropriately-named Jen Woods finishing 1st, and Alana Kent finishing in 3rd.
However, in Windsor the site of the CCAA Championships, they would be forced to prove their mettle against the best in the country. Faced with some cooler weather and less than ideal conditions, the team would be forced to dig down deep, overcome adversity, and other applicable sports clichés. Krulicki led the men’s side with an opening day 75, putting him in a tie for 16th out of 96 golfers, while Woods found herself in 4th out of 22 with a score of 80. As a team, the women sat in 3rd out of 9, with the men sitting in 8th out of 15.
Having established a familiarity with the course on the first day, both sides came with flaming woods and smoking irons on day two. 74 would prove to be the lucky number as Kulicki, Osborne, Keith Martin, and Woods would all finish with this total for the day. Woods’ score would boost her all the way to 2nd place, while partner Kent’s 78 would push her into 6th. As a team, the women would finish the day in second, while the men would gain two spots to sixth.
Day three started off cold, and would progress to cold and windy, with a day-time high of only 7 degrees. This didn’t slow down the UBC Okanagan women as Jen shot a final round 81, with Alana coming in with 80 to clinch a national silver medal for the women‘s team, as they finished at fourth and sixth respectively. On the men’s side, Jordan finished with an awesome final round of 70 to put him in a tie for fourth overall, and Ken shot a clutch 71 to boost him up to a tie for 11th. The other three members all broke 80, but it wasn’t enough as the men’s team remained in 6th place overall, one stroke behind Camosun College and only six strokes out of the medals.
Congratulations to the silver medal winning women’s team of Alana Kent and Jen Woods, who put on a fantastic show for the debut season of UBC-O women‘s golf. Congrats also to the 6th place men’s team of Jordan Krulicki, Ken Osborne, Keith Martin, Jace James, and Harvey Hubball, who faced some stiff competition to finish amongst the leaders. Both teams wrap up their season Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24 with a tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club here in Kelowna.
All Statistics and results here: http://www.saintsathletics.ca/leagues/downloads.cfm?leagueID=14826&clientID=335