By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – University of Victoria Vikes golfer Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alta.) showed why he was crowned the NAIA national champion last week, shooting 6-under 65 in the final round of the Canadian University/College national championship on Jun 1 at Cordova Bay golf course.
Kallis was two strokes away from beating the Cordova Bay golf course record. The Vikes men finished eighth overall with a team score of 39-over 1175.
Following round three play, May 31, Kallis was tied for 24th but after making seven birdies and only one bogie, the second-year golfer made huge gains to finish tied for seventh. Kallis had a four round score of 74-75-71-65 (1-over 285) and was named a second-team All-Canadian following the tournament.
“(The Vikes) are playing way better today,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery about day four. “Carson was at 7-under at one point and that’s the course record. It would have been just an exclamation mark on a good finish for him.”
The Vikes men finished one stroke behind seventh-placed Western Mustangs, who were 38-over 1174. Taking the overall title was Universite Laval who paced the tournament by 12 strokes, winning with a score of 10-under 1126. Laval was led by top five finishers and first-team All-Canadians including Max Gilbert (3-under 281), Ugo Coussaud (2-under 282), Charles Cote (1-under 283) and Sonny Michaud (1-under 283).
Despite the Laval sweep, it was Waterloo Warriors’ Garrett Rank who came out on top of the individual standings. Rank carded an impressive 6-under 278 overall and had three of four round scores under par over the four-day tournament.
Also making great improvements over the week was third-year Vike Samuel Holland (New Minas, NS), who shot 1-over 72 in the final round to finish 13-over 297 overall. Both Sam Holland and second-year Darren Hupfer (Edmonton, Alta.) finished tied for 34th. Hupfer finished his last round of play 3-over 74, consistent with his previous round scores of 75-74-74.
Fourth-year Dylan Cann (Calgary, Alta.) finished his last competition in a Vikes uniform, carding his best score of the tournament 1-under 70 and finishing tied for 47th overall. Rounding it out for the Vikes team was third-year James Holland (New Minas, NS), who was 5-over 76 and finished 56th overall.
“How can you not say you had a good season,” said Carbery after the tournament. “We had (individual winners) for the men’s NAIA championships, women’s NAIA championship and the women are second here at Canadians. It was a good weekend.”
10 Victoria 304-303-287-281: 1175 (+39)
T-8 Carson Kallis 74-75-65: 284 (+1)
T-34 Sam Holland 75-78-72-72: 297 (+13)
T-34 Darren Hupfer 75-74-74-74: 297 (+13)
T-47 Dylan Cann 81-76-74-70: 301 (+17)
T-56 James Holland 80-80-70-76: 306 (+22)