Kelowna, BC - It was another strong performance from the Heat men's golf team as the defending CCAA runners-up would finish behind the UFV Cascades for the second consecutive weekend. The team would shoot rounds of 294 and 291 at the Okanagan Golf Club which was 17 shots behind the team from the Fraser Valley. Marcus Apchin would lead the way with a two day total of 143 (-1) with Oliver Rizun not far behind at 146 (+2). The other three counting scores for the team portion were once again Nik Federko, Ethan Hunt and Naoki Takahashi.
Day one recap:
The Heat would get off to a solid start on the Bear course at the Okanagan Golf Club with fourth year veteran Oliver Rizun coming in with the low score of the team on day one at 2-under. Rookie Marcus Apchin was not far behind at +1, with Ethan Hunt and Nik Federko a couple shots higher at +3 and +4 respectively. International student Naoki Takahashi would struggle on Saturday as he finished at +6.
The Heat would feature three players who competed as individuals during the tournament with Derek Graham, Colton Piper and Benjamin Weaver all seeing their first action of the young season. Graham came in the lowest at 75 on day one. The low round of the tournament came on Saturday with Wyatt Brook of VIU firing a sizzling 64 to hold a four-shot lead over reigning player of the year Daniel Campbell of UFV.
Day two recap:
An impressive seven birdie second day from the second year arts student Takahashi would get the Heat off to a good start on the final day of their home tournament. Apchin would lead the way for the team on Sunday as the Kelowna Secondary graduate fired a two-under round of 70 to solidify his top-3 spot in the overall conference standings. Ethan Hunt would come in with his lowest round of the season so far as the rookie fired an even-par round of 72 in the blustery conditions. UFV's Kyle Claggett would fire the low round the day of four-under 68 to maintain the Cascades lead over the Heat in the tournament.
With a change in format to the PacWest season this year, the conference all-stars are decided following the final tournament of the season before the newly instated conference championship. Rookie Marcus Apchin currently sits six shots back of individual leader Wyatt Brook of VIU with two rounds to play. Daniel Campbell of the Fraser Valley is four shots ahead of Apchin going into the UFV Invitational. Squamish product Oliver Rizun currently sits in sixth spot in the individual standings and will have to make a move in two weeks time if he hopes to be named a conference all-star.
The Heat will now have a weekend off as they prepare to travel to Abbotsford for the UFV Invitiational in hopes of capturing their first team win of the season.