Playing at their home club, UBC Okanagan golfers, Carolyn Lee and James Casorso won the women’s and men’s sides respectively at the Okanagan Golf Club this past weekend.
Men’s & Women’s Golf (PACWEST Conference play – Tournament #1)
Sat Sep 12 & Sun Sep 13, 2015
Okanagan Golf Club, Kelowna, BC
KELOWNA, BC – The golf season for the UBC Okanagan has gotten off to a strong start. Hosting the first PACWEST tournament of the season at the Okanagan Golf Club, the Heat ended the two-day tournament with two individual leaders and an team win for the Heat women.
James Casorso, a local golfer who went to school at Kelowna’s Immaculata Regional High looks ready to lead the team in his third year, Casorso was steady if not spectacular, shooting two-under 70 both days to win the tournament by two strokes (70-70, 140).
Carolyn Lee is also a third year golfer who continues to improve and looks set to add to to her win totals from the past two seasons. Lee opened up the tourney with an 84 on Saturday, the lowest score in the women’s draw. On Sunday she ran away with the tournament shooting a 78 to finish with the win (84-78, 162), besting her teammate Emily Adams (87-82, 169) by seven strokes.
Lee’s tournament win is the second of her career at UBC Okanagan, she also earned a pair of national Bronze medals last fall: an individual medal for finishing third and the Heat team also finished third. Although the Heat won a national bronze medal as a golf team last season this is the first team win she has been a party of, the UBC Okanagan women finished second in every PACWEST tournament last season before finishing third at the national championship.
Along with Lee and Adams, newcomer Lauren Siemers (West Kelowna, BC) also scored for UBC Okanagan, in her first tournament she shot a (85-87, 172) to finish tied for third.
James Casorso,who last season was the top UBC Okanagan male individual golfer on the PACWEST circuit, finished sixth overall. Three newcomers, Travis Miller (Calgary, AB), Oliver Rizun (Squamish, BC), and Jacob Stewart (Calgary, AB), joined Casorso and second year Casey Sullivan (Kelowna, BC) golfing for UBC Okanagan in the opening tournament.
UBC Okanagan men’s team finished second to Camosun, the two teams were even at (292) after Saturday, but on Sunday Camosun finished strong shooting (288) and win the tournament with (580) 12 strokes better then the Heat, who as a team shot (300) on Sunday. The Heat’s (592) was still five strokes better than third place Fraser Valley (300-297, 597).
Miller (73-74, 147 +7 t8) was the next best for UBC Okanagan finishing seven strokes off of Casorso’s pace. Then Rizun (73-79, 152 +12 t14), Stewart (76-77, 153 +13 t16), and Sullivan (78-80, 158 +18 t24) counted in.
Up next for UBC Okanagan will be PACWEST tournament number two this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 19-20) at the Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, BC.