By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams are more than prepared to host and compete at the Canadian University/College golf national championship conducted by Golf Canada this week.

The tournament runs from May 29 to Jun 1 at Victoria’s Cordova Bay golf course and will host several Canadian university and college teams including 20 men’s and 12 women’s teams and eight individual competitors.


On the men’s side, the Humber College Hawks will return to defend their title after surpassing second-place, the UBC Thunderbirds, by 18 strokes at the 2011 championship, hosted in Ashburn, Ont. The Hawks will boast only one returnee, Alex Dumais of Caledon, Ont., from last year’s win.

The Vikes men’s golf team are entering the second leg of their back-to-back national championship run after securing a seventh place finish at last week’s NAIA National Championship in Salem, Ore. Second-year golf sensation Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alta.) tore the field up on his final round with a 6-under 66 score to secure the individual title. Kallis was also honored with the Arnold Palmer Award and named to both the NAIA All-Tournament and All-American teams. Joining Kallis on the All-American team is second-year Darren Hupfer (Edmonton, Alta.), who finished tied for 23rd at the recent NAIA championship.

Kallis and Hupfer are expected to be at the forefront of the men’s golf team this week but the team is also held together by strong supporting cast contributions from Samuel Holland (New Minas, NS), James Holland (New Minas, NS) and Dylan Cann (Calgary, Alta.).

For the women, the UBC Thunderbirds are looking towards their fourth consecutive Canadian title and their eighth overall in the past nine seasons. The Thunderbirds are led by last year’s individual champion Kylie Barros of Edmonton, Alta., who paced the team to a 2012 NAIA National title, hosted May 25-18 in Greeneville, Tenn.

The Vikes women’s golf team are undisputedly led by third-year Claremont high school graduate Megan Woodland (Victoria, BC), who, in this season alone, was the individual champion at the NAIA national championship, the Cavalier Classic and the Vikes Shootout. Woodland also had second-place finishes at the Escondido Intercollegiate and the Battle at Primm, putting her in the top two for five of the six tournaments this season.

Woodland will compete at the Canadian championship this week with team mates Alyssa Herkel (Port Alberni, BC), Brynn Tomie (Bedford, NS) and Victoria Kondrak (Victoria, BC). Herkel was named as the 2012 recipient of the Thrifty Foods Athletic Award and was a top five finisher at the 2011 Canadian University/College championship. Herkel also represented Canada last year at the World Universiade Games in Shenzhen, China.

The vikes men will begin tomorrow, May 29, 7:30 a.m. off the 10th hole, while the women will start at 12:30 p.m. off Hole 1.

The Canadian University/College golf championship is presented by the Trudy and Doug Peden Foundation, founded to assist young women in need to advance them in education and sport.

Vikes Women
Megan Woodland
Alyssa Herkel
Brynn Tomie
Victoria Kondrak

Vikes Men
Carson Kallis
Darren Hupfer
James Holland
Dylan Can
Sam Holland

Tournament Schedule
Monday, May 28: Practice Rounds
Tuesday, May 29: Round 1
Wednesday, May 30: Round 2
Thursday, May 31: Round 3
Friday, June 1: Final Round (7:00 a.m. tee time), Awards to follow (approx. 2 p.m.)

Participating Universitiies/Colleges
Brock University (W)
Durham College (M/W)
Grant MacEwan University (M)
Holland College (M)
Humber College (M)
Lethbridge College (M)
McGill University (M)
Queen’s University (M)
St. Lawrence College (M)
Universite de Montreal (M)
Universite Laval (W)
University of Alberta (M/W)
University of British Columbia (M/W)
University of Calgary (W)
University of Fraser Valley (M)
University of Guelph (M/W)
University of Lethbridge (M)
University of Manitoba (M)
University of Ottawa (M)
University of Toronto (W)
University of Victoria (M/W)
University of Waterloo (M/W)
University of Western Ontario (M/W)
University of Windsor (W)
Wilfred Laurier University (M)