April 25, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams head to Bremerton, Wash. for the 2014 A.I.I. Conference Championships, April 27-28 at Gold Mountain Golf Club.
In addition to being one of the largest tournaments of the year for the Vikes, the tournament will likely dictate the rosters for the Vikes for this year’s nationals.
The women’s side will see captain Brynn Tomie leading a squad made up of Vikes Emily Nicol, Laura Ferreira, Cari Chow and Shannon Raina. Chow and Raina booked their ticket to this weekend’s tournament after posting strong scores in the Vikes qualification rounds. Vike Michaela Abey, a staple on the women’s roster for a majority of the 2013-14 season, will miss next weeks tournament as a result of an injured foot sustained in practice. Fifth-year Megan Woodland will join the women as an assistant coach for the two-day tournament.
“Laura and Shannon are the pieces to the puzzle in this tournament,” said Vikes interim head coach Justin Clews. “If one of them plays well, I think we’ll do well as a team.”
The men’s side sees Vikes Alex Cartwright, Sean Hay, Jesse Teron, Matthew Broughton and Connor Gann making the trip. All five members of the team earned their spot through qualifying rounds, based purely on results.
“I’m feeling pretty confident with our men’s roster,” added Clews. “ We’re arriving a couple days early and getting in two practice rounds. It will allow our team to get accustomed to the course. We’re taking an extra day of preparation into this tournament so there will be no excuses.”
The Vikes will have a practice round Saturday afternoon before beginning tournament play on Sunday. The first day of play sees the women playing 18 holes on Old Mountain’s “Cascade” course. The men will open up with 36 holes on Sunday playing on the opposite “Cascade” side of the 36-hole course before both teams wind up the tournament with 18 holes on Monday.
In addition to Woodland, former coach and advisor Bryan Carbery will also travel to this weekend’s tournament. Competition at the A.I.I. Conference Championships begin Sunday, May 27.