The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Women's golf play host to Canada West Championship

Photo of McKenna Lesiuk courtesy of Paul Yates
Photo of McKenna Lesiuk courtesy of Paul Yates

KELOWNA, BC – In just their second event of the fall schedule the Heat women will tee it up against the conference's best this weekend at the Canada West Championship.

The 36-hole event features both team and individual competitions as the team portion consists of five women per team with three scores counting each day.

Having already faced some stiff competition two and a half weeks ago in Richmond at the True North Classic, the Heat have been grinding away on the range and on the course in hopes of making a medal run this weekend.

Five women will tee it up this weekend including former All-Canadians Rebecca Reitsma and Samantha Copeland as well as transfers Chloe Sies and Kayleigh Trowman. Fourth year Kelowna Secondary grad Mckenna Lesiuk rounds out the five that will compete at the Okanagan Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Copeland won the PacWest event last year at this same Bear course following rounds of 87 and 82. Lesiuk and Reitsma would finish not far behind as well as they both finished with two-day totals of 174. 

This marks the Canada West's first-ever championship in golf as it was officially added as a sport following the 2018 Canada West AGM, which was held in Kelowna last May. For full release on the inaugural conference championship click here.

For live scoring all weekend long of the 36-hole hole event you can click here.

Field watch:

Seven women's teams will tee it up this weekend including two of the top three teams from this spring's Golf Canada University Championship. The UBC Thunderbirds play in Kelowna as one of the favourites, they are coming off another championship performance at the championship event in the spring. Victoria also figures to be a factor as they finished just 10 shots back of the T-Birds in Ontario at the end of May. 

About the Okanagan Golf Club:

The Bear's 18-hole 6,885 yards, par 72 masterpiece design opened for play in 1999 and is unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.'s sun-drenched southern interior. The Okanagan Golf Club has been the home course of the Heat golf program since its inception in 2008-09.