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PREVIEW: Heat men open up season in Edmonton

PREVIEW: Heat men open up season in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB  – New coach and a new conference, but the Heat men's golf team will have an awfully similar look when they open their season this weekend at the Alberta Golden Bear Invitational at Red Tail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton.

The top four golfers from last year's team return for 2019 season, including senior Oliver Rizun, 3rd-year lefty Nik Federko and a pair of sophomores in Marcus Apchin and Ethan Hunt

All four golfers finished last season in the top-11 of the PacWest standings and with new coach Clay Stothers, have been busy over the summer months fine-tuning their games for the fall season.

These four will be joined by highly-touted recruit Cole Wilson. The Aberdeen graduate, who after a year south of the border decided to come back to his hometown team in hopes of making an impact. 

"We really have our eyes set on the Canada West and Golf Canada National Championship and are just looking to get some tournament experience as a group before those tournaments come around," noted Wilson before departing for the weekend in Edmonton. "The course really suits all of our eyes and we should be able to make a bunch of birdies." 

Former PGA of BC teacher of the year Clay Stothers takes over the reins as the head coach of the men's and women's team this season along with assistant coach Jeff Pain. Pain is a three-time Olympian in skeleton and works as a sports performance coach while Stothers is the head teaching professional at the Okanagan Golf Club.

The field at Red Tail landing includes teams from the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary and the host team in the Alberta Golden Bears. 

The Heat fall schedule features four tournaments in September and October, highlighted by the inaugural Canada West Golf Championship at the Okanagan Golf Club starting Oct. 3rd.