by James Nielsen, Vikes Communications
March 19, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams head south to Primm Valley, NV to compete in the annual Battle at Primm, March 24-25, a tournament hosted by Grand View and Oklahoma City Christian University, with additional support from the UVIc Vikes.
Round one begins Monday, with 36 holes for the men, while the women will play 18.
Heading to Primm from the No. 8-ranked Vikes women’s side are Brynn Tomie, Emily Nicol, Michaela Abey, Laura Ferreira and Shannon Raina. Tomie is coming off a first-place finish at the Lady Cougar Invitational that also saw the Vikes finishing first overall among teams, capturing their third tournament win of the year. Abey and Nicol also had strong showings at the Cougar Invitational, finishing in fourth and sixth, respectively. The Vikes will be looking to improve upon last year’s fourth-place finish at the tournament.
The No. 22-ranked Vikes men’s side features brothers Alex and Jamie Cartwright, Sean Hay, Jesse Teron and Matthew Broughton, who will play his first tournament since the Vikes Shootout. The men’s squad will also look to best last year’s 10th– place finish at Primm.
The Battle at Primm features 12 men’s teams and 10 women’s from across North America competing over a two-day period with serious implications on the line for rankings. The men will switch courses from last year as they head to the Lakes section for this year’s tournament. The Lakes course features a narrower and slightly shorter layout than the women’s Desert course, which features a longer, more wide-open layout. Weather is expected to hover around 25 degrees Celsius for the entire tournament.
“I’m expecting the women to realistically finish within the top-three, hopefully in first-place,” said Vikes interim head coach Justin Clews. “I know that’s a lot to ask, but after last weekend’s results that’s what I expect and I know that’s what they expect as well. I’d also like to see the men crack the top-3.”
Both teams open up competition with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m., Mar. 24 at Primm Valley Golf Club.