By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men seemed to finally make gains on home field advantage, besting their round two score by 16 strokes.

All five competing Vikes shot their lowest rounds of the tournament to seed the team in 10th place with a 3-over 287 round three score. The slow-to-start Vikes clinched the final qualifying team spot for Friday’s final round.


Setting the pace for the Canadian championship title is Universite Laval, who are 12-under 840 after the first three rounds and 16 strokes ahead of second placed Waterloo (4-over 856). the UBC Thunderbirds are currently in third place at 9-over 861, while 2011 champions, the Humber College Hawks, are behind UBC by a large margin (21-over 873).

The Vikes men finished three strokes ahead of the Lethbridge Pronghorns (45-over 897) thanks to largely-improved low round scores by third-year James Holland (New Minas, NS) and Vikes standout Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alta.). James Holland improved his first and second round scores by 10 strokes, shooting 1-under 70, while Kallis was on par with a score of 71.

“(The Vikes) played better today,” said Vikes golf head coach Bryan Carbery. “Most of the field played better today though, the top teams especially. The boys struggled this week with their putting and (Cordova Bay golf course) is all about putting. Laval just ripped it up with their putters this week.”

Kallis continues to lead the Vikes but is tied for 24th and largely out of the running for a top six spot to represent Canada at the 2012 World University Championships. The recently crowned NAIA champion did manage to birdie three holes and limited his game to three bogies in the third round.

NAIA All-American Darren Hupfer (Edmonton, Alta.) has been the most consistent Vike throughout the tournament, replicating his round two score of 3-over 74. Hupfer is now tied for 38th place entering into the final round.

Third-year Samuel Holland (New Minas, NS) carded his lowest round of 1-over 72 to finish tied for 44th. The social sciences major carded four birdies in round three play and improved by six strokes from round two. Fourth-year Dylan Cann (Calgary, Alta.) shot a 3-over 74 to finish 18-over 231 and is tied for 71st place.

“Tomorrow, they can just go out and play pretty loose,” said Carbery. “They can do a little more pin seeking if they want but we are not protecting a lead and we are not going to end up on top, so they can just go and play. I think we just got the hometown jitters. Sometimes you just get a little more up tight when you play at home.”

The Vikes will rest up for their final round of golf for the season with tee-off times beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday’s pairing will be announced late Thursday night at

10 Victoria 304-303-287: 894 (+42)
T-24 Carson Kallis 74-75-71: 220 (+7)
T-38 Darren Hupfer 75-74-74: 223 (+10)
T-44 Sam Holland 75-78-72: 225 (+12)
T-64 James Holland 80-80-70: 230 (+17)
T-71 Dylan Cann 81-76-74: 231 (+18)