Spring addition, Kallis explodes on to UVic golf scene

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA (ISN) – Hailing from Red Deer, Alta., second-year golfer Carson Kallis has made a big entrance into the Vikes golf program. Recently, Kallis helped the Vikes win the team title at the Cavalier Classic, Mar. 19-20, after he lead the individual rankings with an 8-under-par score (69-71-68). The Vikes men finished the tournament in first with a 47-stroke margin.

 

“Carson comes with such a great resume for a young player in Canada,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery. “He has impacted us right away and he will be the guy that makes the difference in all our post-season events.”

Previously to coming to UVic, Kallis spent a season with the University of Texas at Arlington (2010-11). Kallis initially committed to the Mavericks to compete with two fellow Canadians, one from Saskatoon and another from Vancouver, who he knew from Junior golf. In his lone season in the NAIA division one, Kallis helped his team win the Southland Championship title, which qualified the Mavericks for the NCAA regional championships.

Kallis was ranked fifth overall on the 14-member squad at UT Arlington. His lowest round posted was a 69 and he also had two top-20 finishes throughout the season.

The 19-year-old has since been competing with the Vikes golf team since February 2012, making appearances at the Cal State/San Marcos Invitational, the Point Loma Smee Builders Invitational, the Cavalier Classic and the Battle at Primm.

“Since coming to UVic I have really got to know the guys on the (Vikes) team well,” said Kallis. “I was so excited to take the fall off and then get back into the swing of things and get back into the college golf routine. Working with (head coach) Bryan Carbery is really enjoyable. He is such a good coach and he doesn’t try to fiddle too much with your game.”

Kallis, a graduate from Notre Dame High School in Alberta, started playing golf at the age of seven. He also grew up playing golf with now-teammate Darren Hupfer Despite the four-year age gap, the pair have complimented each other well, after competing and playing together in the summers growing up and now together as Vikes.

In 2009, Kallis won the Prairie Future Links tournament by 20 strokes, a definite highlight of his junior career. In 2010, the psychology major shot a 4-under-par to win the Alberta Junior Championship by nine strokes.

Kallis also has two older sisters, 24 and 30, who studied at the University of Victoria.

Kallis will compete in this spring’s Canadian University/College golf national championship conducted by Golf Canada and hosted at Cordova Bay golf course in Victoria from May 28 to June 1, 2012.

2012 Results with the UVic Vikes:

Feb. 6-7 – San Marcos
T-7 (77-71-75: 223) +7

Mar. 5-6 – Point Loma/Smee Builders Invitational
T-9 (77-74-72 : 217) +1

Mar. 19-20 – Cavalier Classic
1st (69-71-68) -8

Mar. 26-27 – Battle at Primm
T-39 (80-74-72 : 226) +10

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