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Tsawwassen golfer leads UBC to Canada West title

SDSS graduate Russell Howlett narrowly misses taking top individual honours too
Russell Howlett UBC medals
Russell Howlett led the UBC Thunderbirds to the Canada West men's golf championship and lost in a playoff for top individual honours too.

Russell Howlett’s fabulous freshman season as a collegiate golfer continued this week in Squamish.

The South Delta Secondary graduate and Beach Grove Golf Club junior alumni led the UBC Thunderbirds to a decisive victory at the Canada West Championship and nearly came away with top individual honours too.

Howlett fired rounds of 66-71 at the Squamish Valley Golf Club to finish in a tie for top spot with Ethan Banks. He would go on to lose in a playoff to his University of Calgary counterpart.

Coming off a his first university victory last month at the Cascade Invitational in Chilliwack, Howlett continued his stellar play with a sizzling 6-under opening round score that included four birdies on the front nine. He opened his second round Tuesday with an eagle on the par-5 first hole before a pair of bogeys on 14 and 15 led to the sudden-death playoff.

The team competition was no contest as the Thunderbirds cruised to a 23-stroke victory ahead of runner-up Fraser Valley. Ethan de Graaf, Dylan MacDonald and John Paul Kahlert were also part of the four-player aggregate score over the 36 holes.

It was UBC’s fourth straight team win. Next up is this weekend’s UBCO Invitational at the Okanagan Golf Club.