VICTORIA, BC - After capturing first place in the previous two PACWEST tournaments the UBC Okanagan Men's golf team were two strokes behind on both the Saturday and Sunday at the Highland Pacific Golf Club to finish four strokes back taking second place in Victoria.
The PACWEST is a four-tournament long season and with three tournament in the books the Heat men's team will carry a three shot lead over the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades going into the final weekend of play. The Heat men's team has never won the conference dating back to golf's inception into the PACWEST.
The Heat carried a seven shot lead going into the weekend in Victoria and would finish second behind the Cascades at Highland Pacific with a two day team score of 577 (+9). The Cascades would finish four shots ahead at 573 (+4). James Casorso also will play for his own spot as top golfer in the conference as the All-Canadian with look to capture the conference individual title in his last conference tournament with the team. Casorso currently has a one shot lead on UFV's Ben Whiton with VIU's Wyatt Brook three shots back.
Men's team competition: The Heat men's squad were led once again by the 1-2 punch of James Casorso and Oliver Rizun as Casorso fired rounds of 70 and 71 to finish fourth in the tournament. Rizun, a third year human kinetics student, played two solid rounds and would finish fifth in the tournament after a two day score of even par (72-70). Rizun will have to make a move next weekend if he hopes to get on the podium individually as he sits one shot back of third place for the season and three shots back of second. Rookies Nik Federko and Ryley Johnson once again proved to be valuable members of the team as both first year students would finish the tournament with a two day total of 147 (+5). Third year management student Derek Graham was the other member of the travel squad and would fire rounds of 81 and 79 in his second start of the year.
Women's team competition: The Heat women's team had their best weekend so far this season with a two day score of 326. This marks the third consecutive weekend that the team has finished in second place. Second year management student Mckenna Lesiuk fired rounds of 81 and 78 to finish fourth individually and Emily Adams was not far behind with a two day total of 167 (86-81). The women's team have the opportunity to earn a berth into the CCAA National Championship if they finish next weekend ahead of the current third place women's team, the Vancouver Island University Mariners.
National Rankings: Coming into the weekend the men's squad was ranked number four in the country after not cracking the top 10 in pre-season. The women's team moved up to number ten in the CCAA after finishing second the past couple weeks. For full men's and women's rankings click here.
Whats Next: The final PACWEST tournament of the year will take place next weekend, October 7th and 8th at Ledgeview golf club in Abbotsford.