Internationally seasoned, a local blue-chip recruit will tee it up for the Heat golf program this fall.
Cole Wilson is a former Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Team Canada member who could shine for UBCO at the inaugural Canada West golf championships.
As host of the first-ever conference championship, new Heat golf coach Clay Stothers is excited to bring in his talented former student to the men's program.
"This is an amazing addition to the team. After coaching him at the academy I feel Cole is the final piece that brings our team to the next level. I'm very excited about the future of Heat golf."
The 2018 Aberdeen Hall graduate will enter the Management program at UBCO, but has his eyes set on a professional golf career in the future.
One of the deciding factors in the decision to stay at home was Wilson's connection with Stothers.
As a junior player, Wilson was a member of the Stothers-led Okanagan Golf Club's high-performance academy.
"Clay as the head coach was a large factor in my decision to stay close to home at UBC Okanagan. I also see a lot of potential in this program rebuild, and I look forward to being a part of it," said the former hockey goalie protégé who climbed to the 10th best junior golfer in Canada, and the number one ranked junior in British Columbia.
Transitioning to golf from hockey when he was 15, Wilson states that he is excited to be an athlete for his hometown university.
"I look forward to playing a role in the success of this program, as well as have an impact in the community around us."
The right-handed Wilson put himself on the map with a victory in the 2017 CN Future Links Pacific Championship at Bear Mountain in Victoria, which featured members of the junior national team and top-level competition from across the country.
Wilson also featured as the number one player for Aberdeen Hall in 2018, leading the Gryphons to their first B.C. School Sports senior A golf championship.
That Gryphons team had some Heat flare to it, as it was coached by former UBCO golfer Michael Hooper. Current Heat women's team member, Rebecca Reitsma, was also on that championship fivesome.
With the CJGA team, the 5'11" golfer competed in an international competition in California in 2017. Wilson also has played tournaments in Ireland and other parts of Europe.
A strong family background in athletics has helped Wilson on the path to becoming a university athlete. His father, Ted, was a professional golfer, while his mother played varsity volleyball at Lakeland College.
With the Canada West conference adding golf as a championship sport this fall, Wilson and both the men's and women's the Heat teams will be competing for a conference banner on their home course this October.
The Bear Course of the Okanagan Golf Club will be the site as UBC Okanagan hosts the inaugural CW golf championship this October 5-6.