Fantastic Funk takes first at annual Vikes Shootout


Andrew Funk was the top player at the Vikes Shootout this year

By Ali Lee, 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – First-year University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf player Andrew Funk finished first overall at the Vikes Golf Shootout, hosted at Cordova Bay Golf Course. Funk finished one-over-par (143) over two rounds of play, while the Vikes team finished second overall.


Funk shot 71 on day two, besting his day one score by one stroke, to take first place ahead of Alberta’s Sam Di Pinto, Manitoba’s Devon Schade and Victoria’s Bruce Tomie, who all finished tied for second with 146. Tomie shot 71 on day one and 75 today to finish four-over-par to be the highest Vike competing as an individual.

“I am disappointed we didn’t finish first at our home tournament but Andrew finishing as the lowest individual, as a first year, was still a major highlight,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “His success this week is partly due to the fact that he is a local layer but his strength is definitely in his ball striking. His iron play this week has also improved a lot. He was hitting a club further than usual.”

Matthew Broughton shot 73 in round two to finish five-over 147, while rookie Lawren Rowe finished tied for 24th (152). Rounding out the team score of 596, good for second place, the Vikes also had a 154-shot performance from Alex Cartwright and Jesse Teron finished with a 78 on day two for a two-round score of 160.

Also competing for the Vikes, but as individuals, were Jamie Cartwright (148), Sean Hay (149) and Mike Griffin (150).

“The fact that some of the individuals beat some of our team players – two of which have already had a great fall season – shows that we have a lot of depth in our team,” added Clews. “It may show that we don’t yet have a set top three but it’s hard to make that conclusion after two events.”

Up next the Vikes men will prepare for the Cougar Fall Invitational, Nov. 2-4, at San Marcos, Calif.

2 – Victoria 297-299 : 596
1 – Andrew Funk 72-71 : 143 (+1)
T6 – Matthew Broughton 74-73 : 147 (+5)
T24 – Lawren Rowe 74-78 : 152 (+10)
T32 – Alex Cartwright 77-77 : 154 (+12)
38 – Jesse Teron 82-78 : 160 (+18)

T4 – Bruce Tomie 71-75 : 146 (+4)
T9 – Jamie Cartwright 75-73 : 148 (+6)
T15 – Sean Hay 73-76 : 149 (+7)
T19 – Michael Griffin 72-78 : 150 (+8)