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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

October 7, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria women’s golf team finished five strokes short of a top-five team finish in the St. Martin’s Invitational Oct. 5-6 at the Olympia Golf and Country Club in Washington.

Host team St. Martin’s University edged out the Vikes for the top-five finish while fellow Canadians the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds took the number two spot on the team leaderboard. The Vikes women shot a team score of 346 in their second round for a two-day total of 681, finishing plus-97 and in sixth place.

Leading the Vikes was fourth-year Megan Woodland (Victoria, BC), tying for third place with a second round score of 81. Shooting 77 on the first day and at the top of the leaderboard, Woodland dropped to third place after the final eighteen, edged out by Tarleton State athletes with day two scores of 75 and 72. Woodland’s tournament total was 158 and plus-12.

Third-year Vike Brynn Tomie (Bedford, NS) finished the tournament at plus-18 and carded an 82 both days to tie for tenth with 164. Michaela Misener (Stanhope, PEI) and Michaela Abey (Abbotsford, B.C.) shot a day-two 95 and 88, respectively, to finish 32nd and 33rd. Rounding out the Vikes contingent was Shannon Raina, tied for 41st with plus-44 and a total of 190.

“Our freshmen really struggled, it was an extremely difficult course,” said Bryan Carbery, head coach of the men’s and women’s golf programs. “These were the fastest greens that they’ve ever played and it just came down to putting. We weren’t ready for it, the first years are used to playing the same courses and being within their comfort zones.”

Next up for the Vikes women’s golf team is the Western Washington Invitational in Bellingham, Oct. 8-9.