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September 18, 2012, VICTORIA – After day one of the Northwest Christian Invitational, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team is sitting at the number two spot on the leader board with a first round of 305 and a second of 310, finishing the day 39 over par.

The Vikes were in the lead after the first eighteen but the second saw Concordia University slide into first with the UVic men eight strokes back.

Playing their first competition of the year at Springfield Country Club, a 6706 yard par-72 course, the Vikes travelled with four first years and lone returnee James Holland (New Minas, NS) to play three rounds in the two-day tournament. Holland leads the team after two consecutive rounds of 77 for a day one total of 154, 10 over par. Tied for ninth with Holland are first-year teammates Jamie Cartwright (Canmore, AB) and Jesse Teron (Red Deer, AB). Fellow Vikes Matthew Broughton (Victoria, BC) and Alex Cartwright (Canmore, AB) are slotted thirteenth and eighteenth respectively, with scores of 156 and 160.

“The course was playing pretty tough and it’s been a slow start to the tournament,” said Brian Carbery, head coach of the Vikes men’s golf program. “But it’s the first one of the year and with four first-year players in the line-up we’re doing okay.”

The Vikes will play their third and final round of the Northwest Christian Invitational today, Sept. 18.