VICTORIA — In their final action of the fall portion of their schedule, the Heat men's golf team finished in third on Thanksgiving weekend at the Vikes Shootout at Cordova Bay Golf Club.
The two-day total of 594 trailed only the home Victoria Vikes, and the recently crowned Canada West championship, the Fraser Valley Cascades. Victoria's B team would come in fourth, followed by Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge.
Individually, it was rookie Cole Wilson who paced the men's squad as he fired a closing round of 70 (-1) to finish tied-eighth for the 36-hole tournament. The product of Aberdeen Hall had a team-high seven birdies across the two rounds with all but one of these coming on the back nine.
Wilson remarked on the opening half of the schedule along with the past weekend in Victoria. "I was happy to see the boys grind out a third-place finish to finish the season. The conditions were wet and cold so we were definitely battling a bit of adversity, so I'm proud to see our team fight it out."
"Qualifying for nationals as well as a win concluded a very successful fall season for us. I'm excited for the offseason work with our coach as well as at our indoor facility, and am looking forward to seeing what this group of guys can do next spring."
Junior Nik Federko and senior Oliver Rizun both finished tied-15th (+7) for the two rounds following by Marcus Apchin (+9) and Ethan Hunt (+16). Apchin's tournament was highlighted by a hole-out eagle on the par-four third hole during the second round.
Victoria's Josh Miller would bring home the individual title following rounds of 66 and 69 for a one-shot win over his teammate Robin Conlan. Conlan had the opening round lead following six-under 65 but would fall a shot short of his teammate.
The Thanksgiving weekend tradition was opened up by a par-three contest on Monday morning at Cordova Bay's Ridge Course that featured three university golfers paired up with one golfer from the Vikes Junior Golf Tour.
This marked the final event of the fall schedule for the men's squad as they have their eyes set on the Golf Canada National Championship in late May next year.