Former Vike Clews steps up as interim head coach of golf program

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By James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

September 1, 2013, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce Justin Clews as the interim head coach for the Vikes men’s and women’s golf program. Clews takes over the reigns from long-time leader Bryan Carbery, who spent 14 years at the helm.

Clews is a product of Carbery’s, having competed for the Vikes golf program from 2000-05.

“The Vikes golf program will be in very good hands under Justin,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “As an athlete Justin came through our program under Bryan’s direction and he will no doubt provide our golf teams with very strong coaching leadership going forward.”

Clews is no stranger to the game of golf having played the sport since the age of 10. Clews began working at Uplands Golf Club at the age of 15 and has since fostered a long history with the club, only further the strong relationship between the Vikes and their home course.

“I find that coaching golf is very comparable to teaching golf. They go hand in hand and there is a shared element there,” says Clews. “This coaching opportunity with the Vikes is my primary focus. What I have gained in knowledge at Uplands, I can use as a teaching element with the students.”

As assistant coach, Clews was a part of the Vikes golf program making history in the 2012-13 season. Both Megan Woodland and Carson Kallis became the first individuals from the same school to win both the A.I.I. and NAIA individual titles in the same year.

“My goals for the season will be to develop both teams and each have number one players in the team captains that can lead the team to win a tournament,” added Clews. “We want to stay competitive, knowing that with the younger players there will be some development this season.”

Clews will fill the main coaching duties for the program, while Carbery will remain connected in an advisory capacity.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.