Kelowna, BC - For a second straight weekend, the Heat women's golf team would come out victorious thanks to another individual title from freshman Samantha Copeland. Copeland would fire a second round 82 to help make up a three-shot first day deficit over the VIU Mariners. The Heat would finish the two day tournament with a team score of 342 with the Nanaimo school finishing six shots back at 348.
Day one recap:
The same three women who featured at Quilchena would get the nod once again at the Bear course at the Okanagan Golf Club as PacWest athlete of the week Samantha Copeland would tie veteran McKenna Lesiuk on the opening day with rounds of 87 (+15). Two-sport athlete Rebecca Reitsma would sit just one shot back after the opening day of play (88).
The VIU Mariners were propelled by an opening round 84 by rookie Alex Foston to give the team a three shot cushion going into the second day of play with a team score of 171 compared to 174 for the Heat.
Day two recap:
A strong second day for the Heat women was led by once again the freshman Copeland, who fired her low round of the season so far, coming in at +10 (82) to win another individual title. Both Rebecca Reitsma and McKenna Lesiuk would by separated by just one shot again, this time with Reitsma coming in one shot better at 86, while Lesiuk finished with 87. The Mariners would struggle on the second day of play finishing with a team score of 177 which was nine shots behind the Heat's second day 168.
Head coach Cody Bell has been pleased with the girls performances so far through two weeks of conference play noting that their compsure as a group has been the biggest key. "What impresses me the most is the level of composure the girls show on the course. Both Sam and Rebecca as rookies have done a great job not letting the bad shots bring them down and they will always talk to me about all the quality shots they've hit not the poor ones."
The Heat will now have a weekend off as they prepare to travel to Abbotsford for the UFV Invitiational at the Ledgeview Golf and Country Club (Sept. 29-30), as they try to keep their perfect season alive.