Kozak helps Thunderbirds card fourth on Arizona links

Seaton Sonics grad Conner Kozak helps UBC Thunderbirds to a share of fourth at Snowman Getaway Golf Tournament in Palm Valley, Ariz.

The UBC Thunderbirds men’s golf team shared fourth place at the Washington State Snowman Getaway tournament in Palm Valley, Ariz., where a majority of the field comprised of NCAA Division I institutions.

T-Birds rookie Conner Kozak, of Vernon, shot a final round six-over-par 78 Tuesday to finish with a score of 222, landing him in a tie for 15th in the individual competition.

UBC completed the event with a score of 27-over-par (891 shots), tied with St. John’s University of New York.

Both schools were 14 shots behind the winners from Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

Teammates Scott Secord (rookie, Calgary) and Scott Malo (sophomore, Calgary) ended up just a shot behind Kozak (a Seaton Sonic grad) as Secord recorded a final round of two-under-par 70, recovering nicely from an 81 in the second round. Malo finished with a 73.

Jack Wesche (fourth-year, Calgary) was another shot back, with a score of 224 after firing a 74 in the last round.

Jeremy Demers (rookie, Whitby, Ont.) ended the tournament at 15-over-par, carding a 78 on Tuesday.

UBC’s next event will be the Triumph at Pauma Valley tournament, hosted by another NCAA Division I school, the University of San Francisco Dons.

The tournament will take place at Pauma Valley Golf Club in San Diego, March 12-13.