Golf Tournament in Kelowna

September 16th, 2013

By Nanaimo Daily News, Josh Aldrich

The women saved the Vancouver Island University Mariners golf team from a completely disastrous weekend.

The team entered the second tournament of the Pacific Western Athletic Association season in Kelowna at the UBCOkanagan event, holding down second place in both the men's and women's divisions.

The men fired a 319 on Saturday and a 303 on Sunday to tumble all the way down to fifth place in the overall standings. They are now 28 shots behind second place UBC-O and 25 shots out of third place Douglas College.

"It's certainly not an impossible number to make up, but we've certainly eliminated our wiggle room, we are out of bad holes and mistakes we can afford to make," said head coach Kevin Oates.

The women, however, shot a 162 and 160 and have a solid grip on second place and remain in contention for first, 25 shots back of University of Fraser Valley.

"The girls played very well, it was our best score of the year on Saturday as a team, and then we went and did even better on Sunday," said Oates.

The women were led by Kalli Gordon and Marie Hohn who tied for third, shooting a 161 through the two days.

The highlight, though, came on Friday during their practice round, when Gordon aced the Par-3 11th hole with an eight iron.

"The whole team was right there and watched go it in, it was pretty cool," said Oates.

The one bright spot for the men was Matt Haddad who finished in a tie for 14th after firing a 148 through the two rounds.

It is just a tournament Oates would like to forget.

"Traditionally, this golf course, for whatever reason, has given us fits," said Oates. "For whatever reason we struggle at this venue. .. it was very hot, it was very humid the golf ball was travelling quite a bit farther than we were used and sometimes that plays a big impact in the way the scores go."

The PacWest takes this weekend off but is in Victoria at Bear Mountain the following weekend, with the Camosun Chargers as hosts.

Oates says they will be using their bye week wisely.

"We're going to practice hard, we're going to work on a lot of short game, a lot of chipping a lot of putting," said Oates.