Oshawa, ON - The UBC Okanagan women's golf team came up just short of a national medal, finishing fifth, at the PING CCAA Golf National Championships at Royal Ashburn Golf Club as the four-round tournament wrapped up on Friday afternoon.
On the women's side for the Heat, Emily Adams and McKenna Lesiuk combined for a weekend score of 720 (+144), finishing fifth in the national field. After a tough first two days they were unable to bounce back and make a run to the podium, despite shooting an an impressive weekend-low 169 in the final round on Friday.
Individually, Adams and Lesiuk finished just four strokes apart for the weekend. Adams put together a weekend total of 358 to finish 14th on the individual leaderboard, and Lesiuk shot 362 to finish 16th. Both had their best rounds on Friday, as Adams shot 86 and Lesiuk put together a round of 83 that included her lone birdie of the weekend.
Emily Adams was the female PING Fair Play recipient for her outstanding sportsmanship over the course of the week.
The Royal Ashburn Golf Club proved to be an extremely difficult test of golf for the players, as howling winds of up to 50 kilometres an hour led to a four day scoring average of over 80. Only one sub-70 round was fired in the entire field over the four days, along with only six under par rounds. The course played nearly 7,000 yards and the greens were rolling extremely quickly, at around 11 or 12 on the stimpmeter.
Birdies for Charity:
As part of the national championship, the host committee at Durham College and Conroy's No Frills in Whitby, Ontario partnered to have one pound of food donated to the Salvation Army for every birdie made throughout the tournament. The grand total for four days of birdies for both men and women was 450, meaning 450 pounds of food will be donated to the Salvation Army.