Playing in his final PACWEST tournament as a member of UBC Okanagan, Will Deck put together two great days of golf to capture the final tournament of 2014, hosted by the Okanagan Golf Club.
Men’s Golf (PACWEST Conference play – Tournament #4)
Sat Oct 4 & Sun Oct 5, 2014
Okanagan Golf Club, Kelowna, BC
KELOWNA, BC – 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, BC.
Will Deck won the tournament by just one stroke over his teammate Nick Krystal, and The Heat men as a team finished 15 shots ahead of Camosun for the team 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.”
“I am so proud of the way the team played in the final moments when it meant the most to them," finished the proud second year coach.
After the week three tournament last weekend (Sep 27-28) in Delta, the Heat were in fourth place overall 43 strokes out of first place and 17 strokes out of second. Only the first and second place finishers of the PACWEST league qualify for the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletics’ Association) Ping national championships hosted this year by Champlain St. Lawrence at the Royal Quebec Golf Club (Oct 13-17).
Will 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. The fifth year golfer from Kelowna, BC shot a 4-under 68 to lead all PACWEST golfers at the end of Saturday, day-one at the Quail Course.
His teammate James Casorso sat tied for second shooting one-under on day one with a 71, fellow Heat golfer Nick Krystal shot 72. Four of the top eight day-one score were shot by the home team as Casey Sullivan shot just one over 73 to put UBC Okanagan out in front by 13-strokes (284-297) on Camosun.
UBC Okanagan made up 13 of the 17 strokes needed to qualify for the national championships on the first day of their home tournament and needed just five more with one day and 18 holes left to play.
Sunday the shots weren’t quite as straight as Saturday as UBC Okanagan was only able to gain two more stroke on Camosun to finish third overall for the season, yet the Heat still won the tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club, their first team win of the season, and had the two low individual scores, in Will Deck’s (68, 73-141) and Nick Krystal’s (72, 70-142).
In the PACWEST final standings the Heat finished third, 2-strokes behind Camosun out of the silver and 15 behind Provincial champions, the Fraser Valley Cascades, although they did 28 strokes off of UFV’s lead in the final tournament.
Not qualifying for the national championship puts a bow on Deck’s career as the lefty swinging golfer won his final tournament and his second career PACWEST win.
Deck played in 18 PACWEST tournaments and three national championships, finishing seventh in the country at the 2012 CCAA championships. He was the PACWEST player of the year in 2013, and finished third overall twice, earning him three PACWEST All-star awards. In 2013 Deck was also an All-Canadian and the UBC Okanagan male student athlete of the year, as he finishes his career as the most decorated golfer in school history.
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.
Deck, who finished his final year in ninth has left the team in good hands as Caseros is in his second year and is joined by two freshman: Nick Krystal and Casey Sullivan both of whom acclimatized to university play well in their first year finishing tied for thirteenth.