A very young and inexperienced UBC Okanagan women’s golf team finished second in their own tournament and qualified for the 2014 PING CCAA national Championships in Quebec.
Women’s Golf (PACWEST Conference play – Tournament #4)
Sat Oct 4 & Sun Oct 5, 2014
Okanagan Golf Club, Kelowna, BC
KELOWNA, BC – Made up of three second year golfers and one first year the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s golf team showed poise and experience beyond their years in capturing the PACWEST silver medal this past 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 #4 champion Fraser Valley by 11 strokes, took the drama out of qualifying for the national championship, unlike the men’s squads furious finish on to fall short, the women went into the provincial championship tournament with a 69 stroke over the their 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 stroke behind Jen Woods.
Determined to finish in the top three Lee came out on Day-two 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.
Carolyn wasn’t the only UBC Okanagan golfer to play well on the Quail course, West Kelowna’s Jessica Kozak finished tied for fourth (87, 87-174) and Emily Adams sixth (89, 88-177). These three will represent UBC Okanagan at the upcoming 2014 CCAA PING Golf National Championship.
The youthful team qualifies for the national championship after winning the title in 2012, only Jessica Kozak was on the squad in 2012 and was in her first year at the time. Jessica did not golf last season and is only in her second year and first with Cass as a coach.
“I believe everyone on the team has incredible potential and they continue to surprise us coaches all the time,” says Hritzuk as he looks forward to taking a young team to a championship to compete and more importantly learn.
“Experience means a lot in golf and the more they learn from each tournament the better and better they will perform,” finishes the coach.
The three-day, 54-hole event has the athletes arriving on Monday, October 13 with round to be played Wednesday – Friday and an awards banquet Tuesday evening. For the second staright year the tournament will be held at the Royal Quebec Golf Club, Québec and hosted by Champlain St. Lawrence.