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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

February 25, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team completed their first round at the Lady Cougar Invitational, hosted at Twin Oaks Golf Course, Feb. 25-26.

Last year’s NAIA and AII champion Megan Woodland (Victoria, BC) leads the pack after a first round score of one-over 73 on the 6644-yard course.

Hosts California State-San Marcos sit atop the leaderboards after a 13-over 301 score thanks to a one-ver 73 performance by Alyssa Waite, who tied Woodland at the top of the charts. CSU-San Marcos has four competitors in the top-10 after day one.

Woodland is coming off a recent win at the Super San Diego Championship, Feb. 12, hosted by Point Loma Nazarene, where she shot 6-over 149 (70-79) to grab her first individual title of 2013.

At the Lady Cougar Invitational, the Vikes women currently sit in fourth after a team score of 37-over 325. Following Woodland, Michaela Abey (Abbotsford, B.C.) finished tied for 11th with a 6-over 78 performance, while Brynn Tomie (Bedford, NS) was the only other Vike to finish in the top-20 after carding 10-over 82.

“Megan is tied for the lead and, as usual, she just made it look so easy,” said assistant coach Justin Clews, who is currently coaching solo with the team in California. “Megan was solid all day and Michaela hit really well today, too. Brynn was also hitting great but shot 82 with 41 putts. The greens here are punched so, putting has been difficult for all the girls playing.”

Cari Chow (Victoria, BC) finished in 36th after shooting 92 and Shannon Raina (Calgary, AB) finished tied for 40th with a 95.


“Cari and Shannon did struggle but I think it was just a bit of nerves for these girls, particularly for Shannon as this is only her second tournament with the Vikes. I’m hoping we can move up the standings tomorrow,” added Clews.

The Vikes women will be back on the course tomorrow, Feb. 26 for their second and final round.

4 Victoria – BC 325

T 1 Megan Woodland 73

T 11 Michaela Abey 78

T 19 Brynn Tomie 82

36 Cari Chow 92

T 40 Shannon Raina 95