Kelowna, BC - It has been nothing but a dream season so far for the Heat women's golf team, as they head into the CCAA National Championship at Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Alberta with four victories in four tournaments so far, along with the #1 ranking in the CCAA.
The women are making a second consecutive appearance in the championship, following a fifth place showing last year in Oshawa. The tournament is four competitive rounds and will commence on Tuesday Oct.16th and run until Friday Oct.19th.
The same three women who have played every round for the Heat will travel to southern Alberta with the goal of capturing college golf's top prize. The team will feature two newly appointed All-Canadians in Samantha Copeland and Rebecca Reitsma, who will be honoured at the CCAA National Banquet the night prior to the tournament. Kelowna veteran McKenna Lesiuk will also feature in Medicine Hat, as she looks to continue her solid play after playing her best tournament of the season last time out in Nanaimo.
Heat success at the National Championship:
The Heat women's team has one of the best track records among any program at the National Championship, as they have finished on the podium in the team championship in five of the last nine seasons. This includes a National title in 2012 when the tournament was in Oshawa, Ontario.
On the individual side it has been much of the same, as Carolyn Lee would capture the gold medal in 2015 at the Chilliwack Golf Club following a bronze medal performance the year prior in Quebec.
Travelling with the women the Desert Blume will be head coach Cass Hritzuk. The 2017 PacWest Coach of the Year is very excited for the week in Alberta and noted that while the golf course is "very special" it will be a test for the girls both mentally and physically. Hritzuk commented "The key for the girls will be keeping calm and focused throughout the week while also playing fearless golf."
About Desert Blume:
Desert Blume is a world class golf course and gladly greets golfers of all abilities, each hole having six sets of tee boxes to offer playability for all skill levels. Desert Blume has hosted numerous provincial and national golf tournaments such as the Alberta Men's Amateur, Alberta Mid Amateur, ACAC Championship and Canadian Senior Men's Championship.