By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team swept the Association of Independent Institutions Championship Monday, Apr. 23, at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, Arizona. The Vikes lead the championship with a one-two finish by Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alta.) and James Holland (New Minas, NS).
The Vikes, finishing the tournament with an 857 score, pushed past San Marcos for the AII title by one stroke after carding a 289 team score on the final round of the 6844-yard course. The UBC Thunderbirds, the 2011 AII Champions, finished in third place with an overall team score of 867.
Kallis, a former golfer with the University of Texas Arlington, joined the Vikes in February and has since been a consistently strong contender on the field. At the AII Championship, Kallis shot 75-66-72 to finish in first place overall with a score of 3-under-par, 213.
Third-year James Holland impressed in round three to tally the tournament with a 73-70-70 record and an overall score of 3-under-par, 213. Holland finished in a four-way tie for second place with Thomas University’s Matt Luckett and UBC’s Jeremy Demers and Conner Kozak.
Following closely behind Kallis and Holand was second-year Darren Hupfer (Edmonton, Alta.), whose scores of 69-70-75 tallied for a 4-under-par, 214. Both Dylan Cann (Calgary, Alta.) and Samuel Holland(New Minas, NS) finished 6-over-par, 222 to help the Vikes to their Championship win.
With the victory, the Vikes will advance to the 61st Annual NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships, held at Creekside Country club in Salem, Oregon May 22-25.
1st – Victoria (291-277-289) 857
2nd – San Marcos (281-284-293) 858
3rd – UBC (285-287-295) 867
Carson Kallis (75-66-72) 213 – 1st individual
James Holland (73-70-70) 213 – T-2nd individual
Darren Hupfer (69-70-75) 214
Sam Holland (74-74-74) 222
Dylan Cann (78-71-73) 222