Medicine Hat, AB - A front-running conference championship team that was led by two first year golfers saw those same two golfers, Samantha Copeland and Rebecca Reitsma, earn national recognition last night at the Awards banquet that kick's off the 2018 CCAA National championship.
Copeland, out of Calgary, graduated from Bishop Caroll High this past June, won two of four tournaments played to earn the national achievement while Reitsma, a local player and an Aberdeen Hall grad, improved every week and captured that third tournament of the year to join her teammate with national recognition.
Copeland would be named the PACWEST Player of the Year following two victories and two runner-up finishes during the conference season. The rookie would get off to a perfect start to the season, as she won both the Langara and UBCO Invitationals in her first two university starts. The Calgary product would fall just short of the individual conference title in Nanaimo, falling in a playoff to VIU's Alex Foston after Foston birdied the par-5 1st at the Nanaimo Golf Club. Copeland's would finish the conference season with an 82.8 scoring average thanks to never having a round over 87.
Reitsma would be named an All-Canadian in her rookie season thanks to a victory at the UFV Invitational at the Chilliwack Golf Club following rounds of 80 and 78. The dual-sport athlete would be extremely consistent all season, as she never fired a round above 88. In the PacWest Championship at Nanaimo, the freshman would close strong, firing a round of 81 to capture the individual bronze medal in the conference.
Both UBCO golfers and remaining teammate, McKenna Lesiuk tee off on their opening round on Tuesday (Oct. 16) at the 2018 CCAA Golf National Championships presented by PING, hosted by Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, AB. Competition will be at the Desert Blume Golf Club.
UBCO History / Golf All-Canadians:
Samatha Copeland - Women's Golf - 2018
Rebeccca Reitsma - Women's Golf - 2018
James Casorso - Men's Golf - 2016
Carolyn Lee - Women's Golf - 2015
Carolyn Lee - Women's Golf - 2014
Will Deck - Men's Golf - 2013
CCAA 2018 Golf Awards
Women's All Canadians
Samantha Copeland, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Rebecca Reitsma, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Becky Martin, Medicine Hat College
Kennedy Turcotte, Concordia University of Edmonton
Alyssa Stoddart, Fanshawe College
Hayley McCallum, Humber College
Emily Romancrew, John Abbott College
Camille Lapierre, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Men's All Canadians
Wyatt Brook, Vancouver Island University
Daniel Campbell, University of the Fraser Valley
Michael Harrison, University of Alberta, Augustana
Chase Broderson, Red Deer College
Braydon White, Fanshawe College
Cameron Griffin, Humber College
Olivier Ménard, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Jonathan Vermette, Cégep Champlain St. Lawrence
Coach of the year Candidates
Chris Bertram, University of the Fraser Valley
Scott Bergdahl, Red Deer College
Colin Robertson, Fanshawe College
Benoit Lemieux, Cégep André-Laurendeau