Kallis takes title at NAIA national Championship, Vikes finish seventh

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

SALEM, OR (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team shot their final round today, May 25, at the NAIA National Championship hosted at Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore. The Vikes men finished tied for seventh, while second-year Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alta.)shot 5-under 66 today to claim the overall individual title.

FINAL RESULTS

Kallis started the day off right with an eagle on the first hole and went on to card seven birdies throughout the day. Kallis came an inch away from grabbing an ace on a par-3 on hole 6 after a nearly-perfect tee shot. On the back nine, Kallis cleaned up with three birdies in a row draining a 25-yard putt on the 13th green to go 5-under and take the lead.

“I got an eagle on the first hole, which was a great start,” described Kallis. “The birdie on three was a bit of a bonus…I just tried to stay in the present the whole time. I didn’t know I was ever in the lead.”

After five birdies on the back nine, Kallis ran into a bit of trouble on the final two holes but got up and down to save par for both and take a three-stroke lead, at the time, over second-place Nathan Anderson of Texas Wesleyan. Kallis’ final round score of 66 is only two strokes shy of the Creekside Golf Course record set by pro Peter Jacobson in the mid-90’s.

Texas Wesleyan’s Anderson finished second overall, one stroke behind Kallis, with a final score of 4-under 284.

“Carson really has the ability to shoot low and has done it his whole life,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery. “If Carson gets on a run there is no telling what he’s going to do. He made a lot of birdies today and made some great par saves on the 17 and 18.”

The Vikes now hold the individual titles for both the men’s and women’s NAIA championships this year, as third-year Vike Megan Woodland (Victoria, BC) was crowned the women’s NAIA individual champion last week in Greeneville, Tenn.

The Vikes men finished 38-over 1190 after all four rounds of play. Third-year Samuel Holland shot his best round of the week, carding 4-over 76 and earning four straight birdies on the front nine.

Second-year Samuel Holland (New Minas, NS) finished 5-over 77 and tied for 23rd place overall. James Holland also carded a 5-over 77 to finish tied for 62nd. Dylan Cann shot 7-over 79 in his final round to finish tied for 52nd.

The Vikes men will now return home to prepare for the Canadian University/College championship hosted at Cordova Bay golf club, in Victoria, May 29-Jun 1.

T-7 Victoria (296-302-296-296: 1190)

1 Carson Kallis (74-71-72-66: 283) -5
T-23 Darren Hupfer (72-74-75-77: 298) +10
T-52 Dylan Cann (74-77-74-79: 304) +16
T-62 James Holland (76-80-75-77: 308) +20
T-74 Sam Holland (76-82-77-76311) +23         

 

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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