The Heat comes back from a rough start.

UBCO Heat Women’s Golf won the bronze medal in the PING CCAA Golf National Championships, scoring 666 hits out of four rounds of 18th holes courses.

From October 15th to 19th, the women’s team were selected to compete in the national championship hosted by Medicine Hat College in the Desert Blume Golf Club, Alberta, after they won the first place at the PACWEST conference in a group tournament.

During the Award banquet, a day before the tournament, Copeland and Reitsma were chosen as the deserving winners of the All- Canadian awards. Copeland was named the PACWEST Player of the year after winning two victories, with two runner-up finishes in PACWEST tournament. Reitsma was named an All-Canadian in her rookie season.

The rules of the national championship are slightly different from PACWEST conference. Within a group of three, two of the best scores would be added up as the final score of each round.

Individually, Copeland won the eighth position out of 24 contestants in total. After the national tournament, from round one to round four, she shot 79, 85, 84, and 80 hits, with a sum of 328 hits.

“I'm really happy with my result, individually, and our team overall. It was a lot of golf to play. I think everyone was a bit nervous on the first day, but overall we tried to stay in the moment and play our best,” said Copeland.

McKenna Lesiuk had a total of 345 hits, putting her in the 15th spot. She had an amazing game in round two, shooting down 80 hits, with it being her best round of the tournaments. Reitsma had a total of 352 hits. Although she did not play well in the first and second round, she had comeback performances in round three and round four, shooting down 84 hits and 83 hits the following day.

“The girls got off to a rough start. However, they played well when it mattered the most and ended up squeezing into a bronze medal position,” commented Coach Cass, in regards to the women’s overall performance.

He added, “I am very proud of the way the team played on the final few holes when they knew the pressure.”