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PREVIEW: UBC Okanagan can nail down nationals berth this weekend

PREVIEW: UBC Okanagan can nail down nationals berth this weekend

KELOWNA, BC - Heading into the championship weekend the UBC Okanagan Heat women's golf team are likely unable to catch conference leader, and tournament hosts, the UFV Cascades this Saturday - Sunday in Abbotsford at the Ledgeview Golf Club. However if they can hold onto second place they will qualify for the upcoming PING CCAA National Championships. 

The twosome that makeup the Heat women's team, fourth year Emily Adams (521), and second year McKenna Lesiuk (503) sit fifth and fourth respectively, Lesiuk is 24 strokes off a conference All-Star with the Cascades taking up spots 1-3 on the lederboard. The Cascades have won the individual title at all three tournament this season with a different golfer capturing each one.

It is the team position of the weekend that holds the UBCO fate as they have a near insurmountable lead on the third place team with 151 strokes on the Vancouver Island Mariners.

If the Heat hold onto second they will receive one of two wildcard berths to the National Championships. Initially through the Wildcard process, the PACWEST was only going to send one team; however, the host institution (Durham) no longer has a women's team, therefore the PACWEST was offered a second position. Which will be filled by UBC Okanagan if they finish second.

The championships will will take place at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club for an unprecedented fourth time, as Durham College plays host to the 2017 PING CCAA Golf National Championships, Oct. 17-20, 2017.

The last time the national championship took place at the Oshawa, Ont. golf course was in 2012 - with UBC Okanagan finishing as national champions

About the course

Ledgeview is a par 70 layout that measures about 6,200 yards from the back tees. It is home to current PGA Tour professionals Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin. Ledgeview is UFV's home course but the Heat have experience on it as the team played the first tournament of last years conference season there.