Nanaimo, BC - The quest for an undefeated season is still alive for the Heat women's golf team as they were able to capture the PACWEST Championship this past weekend at the Nanaimo Golf Club.
Outstanding individual performances by rookies Samantha Copeland and Rebecca Reitsma would key the victory for the Heat as the two All-Canadians would finish second and third individually in the tournament.
Exciting individual finish:
Following three rounds and 247 shots, their was still nothing that separated Heat golfer Samantha Copeland from VIU student-athlete Alex Foston. The two would go head-to-head in a playoff to decided the individual gold medal on the first hole at the Nanaimo Golf Club. Foston would play arguably the best hole of her career as she hit three perfect shots on the par-5, including hitting her third shot to just inside three feet. Copeland would be forced to make a long-putt to tie and after it missed, Foston would just have to tap in for her birdie to seal the victory.
The No. 1 ranked team in the CCAA will now move on to the National Championship at Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat Alberta which is slated for Oct.15-19th. This marks the second consecutive season that the Heat have advanced to the National Championship as they finished in fifth position.
The Heat would trail the VIU Mariners after the opening round on Friday by just two shots however this deficit would only last a day, as a second round 168 from the team would propel them to a two shot lead heading into the final round on Vancouver Island.
The women's team would save their best for last, as they closed out the final round up 17 shots on the home team thanks to a final round score of 165. The team victory marks the first PACWEST team gold medal since 2015-16.
Copeland, after the playoff hole would finish with the silver medal while Rebecca Reitsma would also finish on the podium individually, as the freshman would fire the lowest final round (81) to capture the PacWest individual bronze medal. Lesiuk would fire back-to-back 85s on Day-1 and day-2 and finish fourth overall at 261.