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RECAP: Heat finish runner-up once again thanks to solid Sunday performance

RECAP: Heat finish runner-up once again thanks to solid Sunday performance

Chilliwack, BC - It was a windy and soggy weekend in the lower mainland but the Heat men's golf team would finish as the runners-up once again at the UFV Invitational. This marks the third straight second place finish for the team as they are currently ranked #2 in the CCAA rankings.

The Heat will be on the course again next weekend when they travel to Nanaimo for the PacWest Championship.

Men's team score:

The Heat men would struggle mightily on the opening day in the Lower Mainland as the gusty winds led them to their highest team score of the season of 314 to sit in fifth position. Four of the five players would fire lower rounds however on the rainy second day which led them to a second day total of 297 which was good enough to secure second place.

Men's Individual performances:

It was the same five student-athletes who played the opening two tournaments who travelled to the Chilliwack Golf Club with veteran Oliver Rizun leading the way. The human kinetics student would finish tied-6th with a two day total of 147 (+3) thanks to a second round 70 (-2) that included 16 greens hit in regulation.

Kelowna product Nik Federko would finish just behind with rounds of 75 and 76 while his high school teammate Ethan Hunt would come in with a two day total of 155 to finish third amongst the Heat men.

Former PacWest athlete of the week Marcus Apchin would struggle in the windy conditions on the first day and ultimately finish tied-21st with rounds of 86 and 76. The fifth man for the Heat was international student Naoki Takahashi who had a two-day total of 167.

All-star watch: 

For the first time in a long time, no Heat male golfer would make the conference all-star team which is based upon the cumulative total for the first six rounds of the PacWest. Oliver Rizun would be the highest finished at tied-6th, with Marcus Apchin, Ethan Hunt and Nik Federko all inside the top-11 in the standings.

Playoff format:

This season marks a new format for the PacWest conference as the team championship will be determined next weekend based on a three round tournament in Nanaimo. The top two teams will earn a birth to the CCAA National Championship which is slated for Oct.16-19th in Medicine Hat, AB. In previous years the PacWest team championship was determined by the total score after all four of the tournaments.