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PREVIEW: Heat play host to second PACWEST tournament of the year

PREVIEW: Heat play host to second PACWEST tournament of the year

Kelowna, BC - After a highly successful opening weekend, the Heat men's golf team will be back at home this weekend when they host the second conference tournament of the year at the Okanagan Golf Club.

Opening weekend recap:

The UBCO golfers are coming off of a second place finish last weekend in Richmond in the opening tournament of their PacWest season. This runner-up finish was helped by three new players, as Marcus Apchin captured the individual title, with Ethan Hunt and Naoki Takahashi also contributing. The Okanagan squad would sit nine shots back of the UFV Cascades at the end of the Sunday (Sept. 9) when the opening tournament at Quilchena Country Club came to a close.

Boys travel team:

The same five players who travelled last weekend to Richmond will make up the scoring quintet again this weekend in Kelowna. Veterans Oliver Rizun and Nik Federko will look to improve their form after a sub-par showing at Quilchena while the rookies will look to continue their good play. The other three non-travel players in Derek Graham, Colton Piper and Benjamin Weaver will play this weekend as individuals.

Last year at the Okanagan Golf Club:

Last seasons UBCO Invitational marked one of the most exciting tournaments in conference history as two amazing feats were accomplished. The first was a hole-in-one on a par-4 by Heat golfer Oliver Rizun. The now fourth-year student did the deed on the 260 yard 8th hole with a four iron. The following day Rizun got to witness the lowest round in conference history as Langara's Jacob Vanderpas would play the front nine in an astonishing 27 shots (-9). The left handed Vanderpas would get it to 11 under after 13 holes and par the final five to shoot 61.

The Bear course at the OK Club:

The Bear's 18 hole 6,885 yard, part 72 masterpiece design opened for play in 1999 and is unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.'s sun-drenched southern interior. The Bear is the crown jewel course of the Okanagan Valley.