Vikes women sit in second, men sixth


April 27, 2014, Bremerton, Wash. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams completed their first day of the NAIA AII Golf Championships, being held at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

The Vikes women’s team finished their first round in second place with a 42-over score line, while the men finished near the middle of the pack in sixth place after shooting 43-over through 36 holes. 

Vikes captain Brynn Tomie led her team after carding a 79, 8-over score through 18 holes. Teammates Shannon Raina and Emily Nicol rounded out the top-3 scores with 9-over and 12-over rounds, while Cari Chow and Laura Ferreira finished with 13 and 14-over scores. Individually, Tomie and Raina finished among the top-10 of the women, holding the seventh and eighth-places heading into Monday. UBC finished with an impressive three players in a tie for first-place at 4-over.
“We had a bit of everything today in terms of weather conditions,” explained Vikes interim head coach Justin Clews. “All the girls struck the ball pretty good today, Shannon shooting our second lowest score of the day was defiantly a positive. I was particularly happy with how they managed their games. Tomorrow’s goal is to improve upon today’s round as a team and further distance ourselves from third and fourth place.”
The women hold just a three-stroke lead over CSU-San Marcos and a seven stroke lead over fourth-place University of Houston-Victoria, while the University of British Columbia sits comfortably in first-place with a 17-over team score after the first day of play.
On the men’s side, Vikes Matthew Broughton and Connor Gann finished in a tie for 13th place after carding 10-over, 154 two-round scores. Teammate Jesse Teron finished as the third-best Vike for the men with an 11-over, 155, while Alex Cartwright and Sean Hay finished the first day of play in 31st and 38th place. UBC’s Connor Kozak finished in a tie for first place with teammate Jack Wood and CSU-San Marcos’ Ryan Odom after finishing two rounds with a 1-over, 145 score.
“I was happy with how the men rebounded following their first round scores,” added Clews. “All the guys hit the ball pretty good today as well, some of them just had a couple tough stretches in their first round. They played much better in the afternoon and I think that will carry through to tomorrow.”
Both Vikes team wrap up their final round at the AII Championships beginning Monday morning at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

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