Nik Federko's 2-under par 142 paced the UBC Okanagan Heat to a fourth-place finish at the inaugural Canada West golf championship at Okanagan Golf Club on the weekend.
The top-five finish gives UBCO a berth at the Canadian college-university final at the end of the season.
Home-course advantage helped UBCO for much of the tourney, but a tough finish in the final round ended up costing the bronze medal for the home team.
At 11-over par, just three strokes behind the University of Victoria, the Heat finished with a team score of 587.
The UFV Cascades ran away with the team and individual titles. Fraser Valley's Daniel Campbell was never challenged in leading his team to the tournament win. The fifth-year golfer had the tournament low score of 8-under 64 in the first round. He followed up with a 4-under 68 to win the individual tournament by a commanding seven shots.
The Cascades rode Campbell's hot clubs to the team title by 19 strokes (562). The Thunderbirds earned silver at 581 as B.C. schools dominated the event.
On The Bear course, Federko lead the charge for the Heat. His first round 5-under 67 propelled the former Zone 2 junior champion to a 36-hole score score of 2-under 142.
Federko was the Heat's top finisher, coming in fourth place, 10 shots behind Campbell. The top three was rounded out by UBC's Andrejz Wierzba (5-under 137) and UFV's Wyatt Brook (4-under, 138).
• Nik Federko 4, (-2) 142
• Cole Wilson T-13, (+5) 149
• Ethan Hunt T-16, (+6) 150
• Oliver Rizun T-16, (+6) 150
• Marcus Apchin T-16, (+6) 150
Two rounds of 247 allowed the Heat to finish fifth on the women's side.
Second-year golfer Samantha Copeland led the way for the hosts.
She was the Heat's top finisher at 16-over 160. Her opening-day 9-over 81 was followed by a 7-over 79 in round two.
She scorched her last nine holes with a 37 after the final turn. The women started on hole 10 both days so that 37 was on holes 1-9 of the Bear.
"I think I handled the pressure well," Copeland said. "My mental game was pretty good this weekend, so I'm happy."
Shania Remandaban won the individual championship for the UBC Thunderbirds. Her tournament low 2-under 70 in the second round led her to a 4-over 148.
Three players tied for second, three shots back: Calgary's Victoria Tse (7-over 151), UBC's Kate Johnson (7-over 151) and Victoria's Rhiannon Jones (7-over 151).
Finishes of the Heat women:
Samantha Copeland T-14 (+16) 160
Kayleigh Trowman 16 (+19) 163
McKenna Lesiuk 21 (+27) 171
Rebecca Reitsma 23 (+31) 175
Chloe Sies T-24 (+34) 178
The Heat women finished outside the three-team cut to qualify for nationals in May in Quebec. UBC (17 over), Victoria (+30), and UFV (+45) qualified.
UBCO is next in action at the Vikes Shootout on Oct. 13 at the Cordova Bay Club in Victoria.
— Jacob York and Spencer Young each scored early second-half goals as the UBCO Heat earned an all-important 2-2 draw in Vancouver against the UBC Thunderbirds on Sunday.
The win preserves UBCO's slim hold on the fourth and final playoff spot in the Canada West men's soccer standings.
It was nearly a pointless weekend for the Heat (6-5-3), however.
UBC led early after scoring twice in six minutes.
Beating their big brothers was also important after the Heat dropped a 3-0 decision to the Victoria Vikings two days earlier.
West Kelowna's Isaac Koch scored his second-career hat trick as UVic beat the Heat 3-0 on the Island.
Nicholas Reitsma was in goal for both games.
With two matches left in the regular season, the Heat are now heading into an all-important Presidents' Cup matchup with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
Playoff position is decided by winning percentage, and UBCO sits at 0.500 while TRU (3-5-4) is 0.361.
They square off Thursday night, 7:30 p.m. at Nonis field. The rematch goes in Kamloops on Saturday.
— A plucky UBCO Heat women's soccer team held the UBC Thunderbirds to a 1-0 loss on Saturday at Nonis field.
UBC's Alyssa Hunt scored in the 49th minute to give the visitors the victory.
Iona Lawson made five saves for UBCO (1-9) while Emily Moore earned a fifth shutout this season for UBC (6-1-3).
The 1-0 scoreline was a familiar one for UBCO, who lost to UVic by the same margin last Friday.
Trinity Kettyls scored for UVic and Puck Louwes made three saves for the shutout. UBCO's Emma Terrillon made five saves in the loss.
UBCO and Thompson Rivers (1-6-3) will now play a home-and-home series this week. It starts at Nonis Field on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. before returning to Kamloops on Saturday.