The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Men's golf team eyes PacWest title in Nanaimo

PREVIEW: Men's golf team eyes PacWest title in Nanaimo

Kelowna, BC - It will be all or nothing for the Heat men's golf team this weekend when they try and qualify for the CCAA National Championship for the second consecutive year at the PacWest Championship.

With the new playoff format, the top two teams from the three round tournament in Nanaimo will earn berths into the National Championship slated for later this month in Alberta. The same five players who have travelled the opening three weekends will once again make the trip to Vancouver Island in hopes on capturing a conference title.

Season summary:

It has been a very consistent season for the Heat men as a team as they have finished in second place behind the UFV Cascades in all three of the PacWest regular season tournaments. The closest they have been was in the season-opener in Richmond where they would finish just nine shots back of the defending CCAA and Golf Canada National Champions. 

Team depth:

The main reason for the Heat's success this season is its unbelievable depth from its first four golfers in Oliver Rizun, Marcus Apchin, Ethan Hunt and Nik Federko. In the individual standings these four would all finish in the top-11 in the PacWest while Apchin was the only one who picked up a tournament victory.

Coaches comments:

Heat head coach Cass Hritzuk has been extremely pleased with his team's play, noting that maturity has been one of the keys to success. "This year's team has exceeded my expextations, i am blown away by the maturiy of our rookie players as they all act like they're in their fourth year." When asked about a player to watch, Hritzuk wasted no time in singling out the first year Apchin "Keep an eye on Marcus Apchin, this kid is mature beyond his years and has the perfect attitude for competitive golf."

About the Nanaimo Golf Club:

Nanaimo Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole semi-private course, with full practice facilities and Pro Shop. At 6,700 yards from its championship tees, the course is a test for low handicap golfers to produce long, straight drives to reach the greens in regulation. At the same time, the five other sets of tees on each hole allow middle and high handicap players to find a level of play suited to their game.