By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

SALEM, Ore. (ISN)- The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team took the tournament lead after round one of the 61st annual NAIA National Championship at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore. from May 22-25.


The Vikes, ranked 17th entering the tournament, shot 8-over 296 after the opening 18 holes. The morning rounds were delayed since the field of play had a lot of standing water due to to severe morning wind and rain.

The Vikes enter day two holding a one stroke lead over No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City and defending champions Oklahoma Christian, both finishing 9-over 297. Rounding out the top 5 teams are William Woods (Mo.) and Johnson & Wales (Fla.), who are tied for fourth place with scores of 10-over-298.

“We played really well today,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery. “This is our weather, it’s the Pacific Northwest. We love it. I feel real good after day one. The boys played real well. We have real talented team. They stepped up in the spring season. We brought in a recruit from the University of Texas, Carson Kallis, he made an immediate impact and helped us a lot.”

The Vikes had impressive finished from all contributing members of the team. Second-year Darren Hupfer leads the Vikes and is tied third overall after shooting an even par-72 in round one. Dylan Cann and Carson Kallis both shot 2-over 74 to finish in an 11-way tie for 12th place. Rounding out the top scores for the Vikes are twins Sam and James Holland who equally shot 4-over 76 to finish tied for 38th.

The second round will be played continue May 23rd, at Creekside Golf Club in Oregon’s Capital City with tee times beginning at 7:00 a.m. PDT on Hole No. 1 and 7:20 a.m. on Hole No. 10.

Round one Scores:

1 – Victoria 296 (+8)
T3 – Darren Hupfer 72 (E)
T12 – Dylan Cann 74 (+2)
T12 – Carson Kallis 74 (+2)
T38 – Sam Holland 74 (+2)
T38 – James Holland 74 (+2)