Nanaimo, BC - It would be a tough weekend on the links for the Heat men's golf team as they would struggle for much of the three days at the PACWEST Championship en route to a third place finish. Coming into the weekend, the team had finished second in all three prior conference tournaments but could never hit enough green to gain momentum in the 36-holes and would fall short of a return trip to the CCAA National Championship. The UFV Cascades would capture the PACWEST Championship for the second consecutive season with the Camosun Chargers finishing runner-up, both of these teams will qualify for the national championship to be held in Medicine Hat (Oct. 14-19, 2018).
The rainy and windy conditions would make scoring very tough throughout the three days of play and the Heat were put behind the eight ball with a first day score of 310, which was five shots back of second place Camosun and 15 shots back of UFV.
The second round was much of the same for the team as they would fall further behind the leading two teams and heading into the final round they would be 10 shots back of second place.
In what would be their final round of the season, none of the men were able to make anything happen on the final day in Nanaimo, the Camosun and Fraser Valley lead significant enough to quell a comeback on the Sunday closing doiwnb any chance of a run for the last qualifying spot in the National Championship.
It was the first time all season that the Heat didn't have an individual male finish in the top nine in the standings as Nik Federko and Oliver Rizun would tie for the leading Heat individual with a three day total of 230 which was tied-10th. Both Marcus Apchin and Naoki Takahashi would finish right behind at 231 and 232 respectively. Rookie Ethan Hunt would finish tied-26th in the field at the Nanaimo Golf Club.
Heat head coach Cass Hritzuk noted that while his team did not perform up to their own expecations, they learnt a lot about themselves. "The boys didn't play up to their own expectations and that in itself can be enough to derail any momentum they had created coming into the weekend. Each of them learned something about themselves and their tendencies when things are not going their way and as a result they will all be stronger players because of it."