The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Heat host first ever Canada West Golf Championship

PREVIEW: Heat host first ever Canada West Golf Championship

KELOWNA, BC – After a couple of weekends away from competition, the Heat men's golf team returns to the links this weekend when they host the inaugural Canada West Golf Championship at the Okanagan Golf Club.

The 36-hole tournament will start Saturday afternoon on the Bear Course at one of the valley's crown jewel golf courses and features both individual and team competitions. On the team side, each school will feature five athletes with the top four scores counting each day.

After capturing their opening tournament of the season in Edmonton, the UBCO men's team were scheduled to compete in Lethbridge last weekend but the tournament was cancelled due to snow.

The men were led by freshman sensation Cole Wilson at the U of A Invitational. He captured the individual title at seven-under for a one-shot victory. Senior Oliver Rizun will also feature this weekend and finished in third during the opening tournament in Alberta. Righty-swinging Marcus Apchin along with a pair of lefty-swinging Imaculatta grads, Ethan Hunt and Nik Federko, round out an extremely balanced starting five for UBCO.

Apchin was the Heat's team MVP last season that featured a victory in the opening tournament of the year last season at Quilchena Golf and Country Club while Federko and Hunt both finished in the top-10 at RedTail Landing in early September.

This marks the Canada West's first-ever championship in golf as it was officially added as a sport following the 2018 Canada West AGM, which was held in Kelowna last May. For full release on the inaugural conference championship click here.

For live scoring all weekend long of the 36-hole hole event you can click here.

Field watch:

Eight men's teams from the Canada West conference will tee it up this weekend at the Bear course at the Okanagan Club including defending Golf Canada University and College national champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, along with the 2017 gold medalists in the UFV Cascades. Another one of the pre-tournament favourites are the Victoria Vikes, who captured the bronze medal at this year's edition of the Canadian University Championship.

About the Okanagan Golf Club:

The Bear's 18-hole 6,885 yard, par 72 masterpiece design opened for play in 1999 and is unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.'s sun-drenched southern interior. The Okanagan Golf Club has been the home course of the Heat golf program since its inception in 2008-09.