The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team is in second spot after the opening day at the 13th annual CSU San Marcos Cougar Invitational golf tournament in Vista, California, north of San Diego.
UVic shot a first-day, two-round score of 597, just eight shots back of first place Point Loma Nazarene. The host Cal State San Marcos Cougars are in third spot with 605 points. Simon Fraser is the only other Canadian school at the 15-team tournament and is in fourth place with a score of 610.
The third and final round on Day 2 is currently underway.
UVic’s Darren Hupfer of Edmonton, a sophomore and transfer from Arizona State, is tied for the individual lead after shooting a two-under-par score of 142 on the opening day over two rounds. Sophomore and Texas Arlington Mavericks transfer Carson Kallis of Red Deer is 6th with a four-over-par score of 148, while James Holland shot a five-over-par score of 149.
“We are just a much better team now with two real leaders in Darren and Carson,” said Vikes men’s golf head coach Bryan Carbery. “It takes the pressure off Sam and James (Holland) to produce. We’re instantly a better team and it’s been obvious right from the start. Being in second place by quite a bit and playing against California-based teams who have been playing for quite a bit, I’m quite happy with where we are.”
“We have to play well right away in the spring to get ourselves to get into position to qualify for NAIA nationals.”
Due to a technical issue, full first-day results are unavailable. Full results are expected later today.
Team Standings (after Day 1, two-round score)
1. Point Loma Nazarene, 589
2. UVic, 597
3. Cal State San Marcos, 605
4. Simon Fraser, 610