Cole Wilson

Cole Wilson played for Team Canada and will dress for UBC Okanagan at the inaugural Canada West golf championships this fall.

Internationally seasoned, a local blue-chip recruit will tee it up for the Heat golf program this fall.

Cole Wilson is a former Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Team Canada member who could shine for UBCO at the inaugural Canada West golf championships.

As host of the first-ever conference championship, new Heat golf coach Clay Stothers is excited to bring in his talented former student to the men's program.

“This is an amazing addition to the team,” Stothers said.

“After coaching him at the academy, I feel Cole is the final piece that brings our team to the next level. I’m very excited about the future of Heat golf.”

The 2018 Aberdeen Hall graduate will enter the Management program at UBCO, but has his eyes set on a pro golf career. 

One of the deciding factors in the decision to stay at home was Wilson’s connection with Stothers.

As a junior player, Wilson was a member of the Stothers-led Okanagan Golf Club’s high-performance academy.

“Clay as the head coach was a large factor in my decision to stay close to home at UBC Okanagan. I also see a lot of potential in this program rebuild, and I look forward to being a part of it,” said the former hockey goalie protégé who climbed to the 10th best junior golfer in Canada, and the number one ranked junior in British Columbia.

The right-handed Wilson put himself on the map with a victory in the 2017 CN Future Links Pacific Championship at Bear Mountain in Victoria, which featured members of the junior national team and top-level competition from across the country.

With the CJGA team, the five-foot-11 Wilson competed in an international competition in California in 2017.

Wilson also has played tournaments in Ireland and other parts of Europe.

His father, Ted, was a professional golfer, while his mother played varsity volleyball at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, Alta.

With the Canada West conference adding golf as a championship sport this fall, Wilson and both the men’s and women’s Heat teams will be competing for a conference banner on their home course this October.

The Bear Course of the Okanagan Golf Club will be the site as UBC Okanagan hosts the inaugural CW golf championship on Oct. 5 and 6.