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Alyssa Herkel named 2012 Thrifty Foods Athletic Award recipient

By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA (ISN) – For the third year in a row, the Vikes women’s and men’s golf program will lead the annual Thrifty Foods Youth Golf Clinic at Uplands Golf Course.

On Mar. 16, the details of the clinic, which is happening in conjunction with the Times Colonist Island Savings Open from June 3-4, was officially announced. Following the announcement, Vikes women’s golfer Alyssa Herkel (Port Alberni, BC) was honoured as the third recipient of the Thrifty Foods Athletic Award.

Thrifty Foods has been an integral contributor to the Vikes golf program, serving as a major sponsor at the annual Vikes Golf Classic and supporting the Vikes through an annual athletic award. The Thrifty Foods Athletic Award is given annually to a Vikes golfer, from British Columbia, who has demonstrated exceptional playing ability, strong leadership qualities and is in good academic standing.

Thrifty Foods and the UVic Vikes are pleased to recognize Herkel as the 2012 recipient following a fourth place finish at the 2011 University/College Golf Championship and selection to the Canadian team that competed at the World Universidad Games in Shenzhen, China. Throughout her Vikes career, the Port Alberni native, won numerous tournaments and was a consistent team leader for the Vikes women’s golf team.

“Alyssa is an outstanding player who last year got to represent her country in China,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery. “I can say without question that Alyssa came farther than any other Vike in five years and that shows in her being name an All-American last year. She has become a leader and now players all look up to her and enjoy playing practice rounds with her to pick up subtle things in her game that would help them.”

Herkel was a dominant force in the NAIA in her 2011 season, achieving the sixth lowest scoring average out of 500 student-athletes (75.6 strokes per round). Currently in her fifth year of studies, Herkel has a position as a teacher’s assistant in the microbiology department, an area of study she wishes to continue to pursue.

Since 2008, the Vikes golf program, through current and former athletes, has offered their time and expertise to the Thrifty Foods-sponsored clinics. The program offers six 90-minute clinics for youth aged 6-16. The cost of the clinic is $25 and each participant will receive:

– A 90 minute session with current and/or former Vikes golf team members

– An official Thrifty Foods Youth Golf Clinic t-shirt and golf hat

– Two Times Colonist Island Savings Open tournament passes

– Refreshments during the clinic

– Two Vikes Titleist golf balls

– A chance to win a “Walk with the Pros” on the final round

– A chance to win a private lesson at Uplands Golf Club

“The Times Colonist Island Savings Open is the highest level of golf in Victoria,” said Carbery. “It gives the youth of our community a chance to get up close and personal with the Vikes varsity golfers through the instructional clinic and it provides an opportunity for these young golfers to get to know the tour players.

The joint effort between the Canadian Tour and the Vikes golf program has allowed for this event to be so successful. The goals of the event are to encourage the development of the game of golf and introduce the participating youth to the sport. Proceeds from the clinic will go towards the Thrifty Foods Athletic Award.

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