Oshawa, ON – Coming off a pair of PACWEST silver medals, the Heat men's and women's golf team will look to a podium finish at the 2017 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Championships hosted by Durham College. The four-round championship will take place from October 17-20 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club.
This marks the first time since 2009 that the men's team will travel outside of British Columbia for the team championship while the women's team last out of province championship was in the fall of 2014 when the team played in Quebec City.
Royal Ashburn Golf Club: The near 7,000 yard par-72 layout will be an extremely good test for the players as the treeline fairways and undulating greens will make scoring a tough task. Another interesting fact about the layout is that there is a long stretch of holes without a par 5. After two of the opening three holes are par five's, there is not another till the longest whole on the course, the 575 yard par 5 15th.
Assistant coach Cody Bell likes the team's chances of playing well, commenting that "It is an amazing golf course that suits our players very well. Although longer than most courses we have played this year, forgiving tree line fairways and large greens provide great scoring opportunities."
Men's team: The five men selected to travel are the usual suspects: fifth year James Casorso will look to finish off his Heat career with another impressive performance along with third year players Oliver Rizun and Casey Sullivan. All three veterans have national championship experience with Casorso playing in the last two (one as an individual), while Sullivan and Rizun were part of the team who played in Chilliwack in 2015. The team also features two rookies who have performed strongly all season with Kelowna native Nik Federko and Vernon product Ryley Johnson making up the five travelling players for the team. This is the same starting five who played at Ledgeview in the last conference tournament of the season along with the second tournament at Morningstar Golf Club.
Women's team: The Heat women's team will also feature in the team championship as fourth year Human Kinetics student Emily Adams and second year Management student Mckenna Lesiuk will look to try and replicate the national silver medal performance from two years ago.
For live scoring off the men's and women's competitions click here