by James Nielsen
February 4, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team returned to tournament action February 3, completing their first two rounds at the Cougar Invitational at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Villa, Calif. The Vikes finished in ninth place out of 12 total teams, shooting rounds of 312, 313 to finish 49-over.
Jesse Teron was the top-performing Vike through two rounds Monday, opening up the tournament with a 73, 2-over first round, good for eighth-place overall. A higher second round of play in the afternoon for the second year ended with a 77, 5-over scoreline, dropping him into a tie for 11th place entering Tuesday’s third and final round.
“I was pretty disappointed relative to other teams scores,” said Vikes interim head coach Justin Clews. “I’m still confident that our men’s team can pull together some good rounds this spring, part of my frustration is determining which of our five guys are going to do that.”
Second-year Alex Cartwright was the second-best performing Vike on the initial day of action, posting scores of 76, 77 to finish in a tie for 20th place with 153. Victoria’s Sean Hay finished in a tie for 37th overall, while teammates Connor Gann and Carson Kallis finished 47th and 59th place, respectfully.
“Regardless of our finish this week I’ve got three weeks to pick the next squad for the Masters event,” said Clews. “We’ll just stay patient and see what happens in the final round.”
The third and final round of the Cougar Invitational takes place today at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Vista, Calif.