Strong showing for host VIU golf team at Morningstar tournament

By Dan Marshall
September 25, 2017 - 10:20pm Updated: September 28, 2017 - 8:44am

Wyatt Brook lines up a putt at the PACWEST tournament at Morningstar September 23-24Northfield Photography

PARKSVILLE — Vancouver Island University was the host for the second PACWEST Golf tournament of the season last weekend.

The Mariners men's team finished third in the team competition and VIU posted the top two scores among eligible team players.

Wyatt Brook shot a two total of 144 at Morningstar Golf Club and teammate Jacob Bland shot a 145 to finish in a second place tie.

Brook and Bland gave the Mariners the top two finishers while VIU's Taylor Henderson finished 12th on the leaderboard.

Mariners coach Kevin Oates called the performance of his team top notch.

"Wyatt, a rookie to the team this year, went out there and shot even par through 36 holes. He was in control of his game the whole time, and we knew that he had it in him," said Oates. "And our second year player Jacob Bland was one shot higher at 145. He was steady all day long like he normally is and made some putts count. We were pretty excited to have two Mariners at the top of the leaderboard."   

UBCO and UFV tied for first place in the team competition with scores of 588, just six ahead of VIU's 594.

On the women's side there were only eight competitors in the field.

Oates says the Mariners finished sixth, seventh, and eighth with all three golfers posting better rounds on Saturday than Sunday.

"On Sunday we stumbled a little bit and fell back a little bit. We still finished third at the event and we're happy building the way that we're building. Next weekend should be even better," Oates said.
Victoria Ross shot the best round among the VIU contingent with a 185 while Maddie Kapchinsky of UFV topped the leaderboard with a 150.
This weekend the third of four PACWEST tournaments will be played at Highland Pacific Golf in Victoria.

It's not a long way to travel for the Mariners but Oates says none of his players has ever played the course before.

The final PACWEST tournament of 2017 is in Abbotsford on the Thanksgiving long weekend.

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