The UBC Okanagan women’s golf team finished second on the leader board after the three day PING/CCAA Golf National championship held at The Dunes at Kamloops. This is the second year in a row that the women’s golf team from UBC Okanagan has been able to take home a national silver medal.
Although the team had three members participating the team portion of the tournament was of just two golfers, for UBC Okanagan Jen Woods and Alana Kent represented the Heat in the tournament with Martina Osman playing as an individual. The first day of the tournament saw the two member team, finish second in the overall standings as Jen Woods was in fourth shooting an 81 and Alana Kent shot an 89 good enough for eleventh.
Both players went to dinner that night and although they were disappointed with their scores on the first day Alana and Jen were able to use the experience gained from playing at the national tournament the previous year. The two golfers were able to focus on the fact that the tournament is three days of competition and that the extra day would enable the golfers to make up those strokes.
Day two of the tournament saw both players pick up their game as they both shot a 79, tied for second best on the day. Although the golfers shot well they still trailed the Durham golf team by 13 strokes. The final round of competition with the national silver medal pretty a logical outcome for the team, as they carried a 24 stroke lead on the third place team, let the players work on individual performances. Jen Woods in fifth place with a two day total of 160 was only three strokes back from second place. Alana Kent carried a two day total of 168 alone in fifth place by 8 strokes.
Jen looking to capture second place played a great front nine as she was paired up with Durham golfer Tiffany Albath, who was in second place at the start of the day. Jen overtook Tiffany early on in the final day of competition with some great work on the greens but went through a bogey spell at the same time that Tiffany had a streak of birdies as the golfers finished in the same order that they began the day.
Jen Woods was named a tournament all star with her top four finish and remarked on her seesaw pairing of the final day “I have never played with that intensity for a whole round, I’ve never experienced that intense one on one competition with another individual golfer before.” Coach Adrienne Vedan was really proud of her team’s accomplishments adding, “it is great for these girls, they went out there and finished fourth and fifth playing against 26 of the top collegiate golfers in the nation.”
The Heat men’s team comprised of Keith Martin, Nik Jmaeff, Luc Chase, Harvey Hubbell, and Will Deck finished twelfth at the three day completion with a three day score of 932. The top finisher for the Heat men was golfer Keith Marin himself finishing twelfth with a score of 223.
UBC Okanagan golf coach Adrienne Vedan thought that the experience of being at a national competition help the golfers prepare,”this being the second time around we were able to take advantage of creating a better time management strategy with the tournament schedule for example we left a day earlier and were able to practice at the Dunes facility to gain a better feel of the greens and conditions as well as play an additional practice round. Because of playing an additional practice round we were able to focus on course management issues when it came time to play the official practice round, this also gave the team time to rest and concentrate on different areas of their game.”