VICTORIA - The UBC Okanagan Heat golf teams will tee it up against the best programs in Canada West beginning on Monday when the conference championships get underway at scenic Cordova Bay Golf Course on Vancouver Island on Monday, October 3.
The two-round event will see nine schools attempting to tackle the 6701-yard course as the conference gets set to crown its golf champions for the third time.
The Heat will be represented in the women's competition by Emily Cornwall of Calgary, Kayleigh Trowman of Port Stanley, Ont., Kendra Jones-Munk of Vernon, B.C., Khushi Hooda of New Delhi, India and Lauren Nedo of Coquitlam, B.C.
The five golfers head to Victoria looking to get the Heat back on the podium after the women won the silver medal at last year's event in Squamish, B.C. The result marked just the second time in UBCO history that a Heat program had captured a conference medal.
Leading the way for UBCO will be Cornwall, who in just two seasons with the Heat has established herself as one of the top golfers in the conference. After representing Canada at the FISU World University Golf Championships this past summer, Cornwall has continued to shine and recently won her first university tournament, topping the field at the SFU True North Classic.
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An impressive opening weekend from the Heat squad as Emily Cornwall took the top spot at the SFU True North Classic!
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Both Trowman and Jones-Munk will bring the experience they gained as members of last year's silver medal winning squad while rookie Hooda will be one to watch as well after finishing second at the SFU True North Classic, just one shot behind Cornwall.
Over in the men's competition, Justin Towill of Kelowna, B.C., Andrew Rouble of Wellesley, Ont., Hunter Kutcher of Regina, Sask., Luke Spencer of Tsawwassen, B.C., and Nikko Sebjanic of Calgary, will be tasked with trying to get the Heat onto the podium this year.
After finishing tied for fifth at last year's event, UBCO will look to Towill to lead the charge for the blue and yellow. Like Cornwall, Towill has enjoyed a great run of success this season after competing in the PGA Tour Canada's Golf BC Championships on a wildcard entry at the end of the summer.
Justin Towill from the Heat's M⛳️ program will be teeing it up against a strong @PGATOURCanada field at this weekend's @gbcchampionship at @GallaghersGolf after earning a sponsor exemption!— UBCO Heat �� (@UBCOHeat) August 30, 2022
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At the first event of the season, a match play showdown with the UFV Cascades, Towill was the only member of the Heat to go 3-0-0 and he followed that up with an eighth place showing at the Western Washington Invitational, an NCAA Division 2 event.
The remainder of the Heat squad will be made up of rookies led by Rouble and Kutcher, who both put in solid showings in their first stroke play event at the Western Washington Invitational.
Round 1 of the Canada West Championships will get underway on Monday at 12 p.m. followed by Round 2 on Tuesday at 7:39 a.m.