As the conference championship gets underway in Nanaimo the UBC Okanagan Heat women golfers earn two of three conference all-stars in the conference after a dominating team effort on the fall PACWEST tour.
Samanatha Copeland, a first year golfer out of Calgary, won two of the three tournaments, earned two conference golfer of the week awards en route to the PACWEST player of the year award.
Copeland, in just her first month of varsity action and university life, has been able to balance studies and the competition with the skill of a veteran university golfer.
The 5'2" dynamo does not have the longest game on the tour but is consistently excellent, racking up rounds of 83,84,87,82,81,81 which account for four of the top eight scores on the season.
Earning a second All-Star on the women's side, with UBCO's other first year golfer nabbing a conference star, Rebecca Reitsma, is so new to the game of golf you can see her score improving every single round she plays.
Last weekend in Chilliwack, the 2018 Aberdeen Hall grad, shot her career low (80) on Saturday and then bested that number shooting (78) on the Sunday. The back-to-back career low's allowed Reitsma to capture her first tournament win and give her the conference's other All-Star award joining her teammate Copeland as the top-two golfers on the women's PACWEST tour.
Behind the efforts of Copeland and Reitsma and with the steady play and leadership of third year McKenna Lesiuk, the Heat women won all three tournaments on the team side as well all three individual titles.
The PACWEST Championship, for the first time, is a three day 36-hole event, for both the men and women golfers, that will serve as the qualifier for the National Championships.
The PACWEST event runs Friday – Sunday at the Nanaimo Golf Club (Oct. 5-8).
The CCAA PING national championships, For the first time in the history of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, will be hosted in Alberta.
The qualifying athletes and teams from the PACWEST championships will compete from Oct. 16-19, 2018 at Desert Blume Golf Course in Medicine Hat in a 36-hole tournament.