Vikes tee off in first tournament of season

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

September 26, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams will face their first test of the 2013-14 season, Sept. 30 as they head to the Cavalier Invitational, located at the 36-hole Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland, Ore.

Expectations are high as the Vikes aim to start their season on a winning note.
 
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The tournament marks several firsts for players and coaches alike. Interim head coach Justin Clews, who takes over from long-time head coach Bryan Carbery, will see the VIkes in NAIA action for the first time as head coach after previously spending time under Carbery as the assistant. Freshman Bruce Tomie, brother of sophomore Brynn Tomie, will enter his first tournament at the collegiate level.
 
“This is an opportunity for some of the younger men to crack the top-two positions on our roster,” said Clews. “On the women’s side, Brynn Tomie and Emily Nicol will have to take leadership, help the younger players control their emotions and stay in the present.”
 
This past summer Tomie was named the Nova Scotia Provincial amateur champion, and was named an All-Canadian after her third-place showing at the Canadian University/College championship last May with the Vikes. 

The men’s roster for this weekend’s event features young talent across the board. Jesse Teron Alex Cartwright, Jamie Cartwright, Bruce Tomie and Sean Hay will all make the trip to Portland. Michaela Abey, Cari Chow, Shannon Raina, Tomie and Nicol round out the women’s roster.
 
The Vikes men dominated last year’s event, posting a seven-under-par to win the team race while finishing first, second and third in individual play. The women’s side also had a good showing, finishing second overall while veteran Vike Megan Woodland captured first individually.

Woodland, who has used up her four years of eligibility in the NAIA, will remain part of the Vikes program assisting the current Vikes until she is eligible to compete in the Canadian University/College Championship for her fifth year of competition in Canada.

The Vikes will open competition on Sept. 30 in Portland, Oregon. 

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