UBC Okanagan golfers look to heat up the links at the national championships

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October 16, 2012, Kelowna, BC – The men’s and women’s golf teams from UBC Okanagan may head into the 2012 PING CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) Golf National Championships with two different agendas, but both are inextricably linked by one goal: to win. The week-long tournament, hosted by Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, will see the best teams from across the country meet and compete for the 2012 CCAA National Championship title.

After what can be only be described as a simply dominating season on the links, the Heat women once again captured the PACWEST provincial championship banner; the 4th season in a row the Heat have done this. Led by the decorated fifth-year senior Jen Woods (Kelowna, BC), the Heat are looking to capture the only title that has eluded Woods over her five year tenure at UBC Okanagan: the CCAA National Championship title. While she has been ever-so-close in past seasons, she looks to finish her collegiate career on the biggest stage of them all, and anything short of a victory will be unacceptable in her eyes.

“We’re looking for redemption and we’re hungry,” remarked Woods. “I can’t wait to head to Oshawa and compete.”

Woods will be joined on the women’s squad by fourth year Alana Kent (Calgary, AB) and another local golfer in Jessica Kozak (1st year, West Kelowna, BC).

While the women feel like they have something to prove, the men are just excited to have the opportunity to compete. After a PacWest regular season in which the team finished fourth in the standings, the men are looking forward to their chance to compete against some of the best golfers in Canada.

“I’m looking forward to not only competing at nationals, but representing myself, my team, and my school on such a big stage” said Cody Bell, the second year golfer from Salmon Arm.

A standout on the men’s team, Bell will be competing in his second national championship tournament, having travelled to P.E.I to compete in the 2011 PING CCAA National Championships. Bell will be accompanied by teammate Will Deck (3rd year, Kelowna, BC), who matched Bell in the PACWEST standings for third in individual scoring with 586 strokes.

Bell is confident the tandem will be able to make a statement on the national stage.

“If we play the type of golf we’re capable of, we can do really well in this tournament,” added Bell. “For me, if I can do well off the tee box, I will be in good shape”.

The Heat will begin the National Championship tournament with a practice round Monday and Tuesday, October 15-16. The first of the three rounds will start Wednesday morning at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club in Oshawa, Ontario, and will extend to Friday, October 19th.

Daily results will be posted on the 2012 PING CCAA Golf National Championships website.

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