By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 13, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team will ease in to their 2012-13 season with the Northwest Christian University Invitational hosted Sept. 16-18 in Springfield, Ore. The tournament, part of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, will be the first test for the Vikes men that will only have one returnee, James Holland (New Minas, NS), from the 2011-12 season.
The Vikes men will compete without NAIA first-team All-Americans Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alta.) and Darren Hupfer (Edmonton, Alta.), as both will be taking the year off from competition. Holland, the only member from last season to return will be joined by first-year Vikes Matthew Broughton (Victoria, BC), Jamie Cartwright (Canmore, AB), Alex Cartwright (Canmore, AB) and Jesse Teron (Red Deer, AB). The five Vikes will conduct their practice rounds on Sept. 16 before playing 36 holes on Sept. 17 and their final round of 18 holes on Sept. 18.
“This is such a good way to ease into our season with our team that has four first-year players,” said Bryan Carbery, head coach of the Vikes men’s golf program. “Without a doubt James Holland will have to step up to be our leader without Carson and Darren competing this year.”
In 2011, the Vikes men had one of their best seasons with five top-five finishes including first place at the Cavalier Classic. At the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) regional championship that qualified the Vikes for the 2012 NAIA national championship, the experienced UVic side finished first overall at 7-under-par. Holland and Kallis went to a playoff for the individual title after both finished at 3-under-par. Kallis was the eventual leader and went on to win the NAIA championship title in May.
Without Kallis and Hupfer, the Vikes will largely be looking at Reynolds High School graduate Broughton, who is fresh off winning the 2012 BC Junior Championship title. Broughton shot 5-under-par overall, two strokes ahead of team Canada member Kevin Kwon, at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club in July to capture the junior title.
“We will have big expectations from Matthew and he brings great strength in his short game,” said Carbery. “We also have good talent in Jamie and Alex who had a great summer of golf, as well as Jesse, whose brother competed for us previously.”
Alex Cartwright had a solid summer of golf championships with several top-five finishes in the province and top-30 finishes at national events. Theron recently finished second at a Future LInks tournament and has been a key golf prospect since the age of 14.
The team will compete Sept. 17-18 at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore.