Rizun Ace Puts Heat atop Home Tournament
October 5th, 2017
A hole-in-one by Oliver Rizun helped the Heat golf team take top prize in opening PACWEST weekend
“Not since 2008 has the eighth hole of the Bear Course at the Okanagan Golf Club – a par 4 – been aced,” opened the official Heat Sports Information recap of the first tournament of the PACWEST season, “but third-year UBC Okanagan golfer Oliver Rizun did the trick on Saturday after draining it from 251 yards with a 4 iron.”
The first tournament of the PACWEST golf season was on familiar territory for the UBC Okanagan golf team, as they hosted at the Okanagan Golf Club. The Heat men finished at the top of the leaderboard, with a two-day total of 572 strokes, seven points better than the second-place finishing University of Fraser Valley Cascades.
The high points of the first PACWEST weekend for the Heat were Rizun’s ace, James Casorso’s continued excellence, and the play of rookies Ryley Johnson, Nik Federko, and Dylan Johnstone. Johnson played as an individual for the weekend, shooting a 147 (+3), while Federko and Johnstone scored 148 (+4) and 150 (+6) respectively.
Rizun’s hole-in-one was on the par-four eighth hole of the Bear Course, earning him what is referred to as an ‘albatross,’ and cutting three strokes off his team’s level to par with one cut. Those three strokes were a good buffer for the Heat men, giving them room to work with and helping them to their first tournament victory of the year. “Proud of the team for picking up the first two wins of the season,” said Rizun after the second PACWEST tournament, at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, B.C. “The young guys have stepped up early on and James has been playing at his all-Canadian level. We all love to compete and I think that’s what sets us apart.”
“The hole in one was a pretty surreal moment but honestly I was more focused on shooting a good score that day and helping the team out to the team win.” – Ollie Rizun
Talking about his ace on the opening weekend, Ollie added, “The hole in one was a pretty surreal moment but honestly I was more focused on shooting a good score that day and helping the team out to the team win.”
With Casorso and Rizun setting the pace, the first two weekends have been a success for the Heat men, putting them in a good position early on.
“I was very proud of every member of the team for the first event of the season,” said Heat head coach Cass Hritzuk after the opening tournament. “Our veterans didn’t disappoint and led by example which paved the way for our rookies to follow suit and allow the overall team score to be deep enough for the victory.”
On the women’s side, the Heat finished in second in their home-course tournament, shooting a team total 347 over the two days. Mckenna Lesuik had the best score of the weekend for the Heat women, as the second year Management put up 86 on Saturday and 85 on Sunday for a tournament total of 171 (+27), earning her a third-place individual finish.
The UFV Cascades stood atop the tournament podium with 319 strokes, and their Emery Bardock had a team-best 155 (+11) two-day total to take the individual tournament win out of the women’s draw.