by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team made significant gains from Day 1 to the second and final day of the Cougar Invitational hosted by Cal-State San Marcos at St. Mark Club in San Marcos, Calif. from Mar. 2-3. The Vikes finished third with a two-round score of 55-over par 631, while first-year Vike Brianna Carrels finished second overall with a 6-over-par 150 score.


The Vikes women improved by 11 strokes on Day 2 after a second round score of 310, while Carrels improved four strokes from Day 1 to finish with a 73 on Day 2. Point Loma finished first overall in the team standings after carding a two-round score of 42-over-par 618 (307-311), while hosts, CSU-San Marcos were second (626). The Vikes finished five strokes back of the Cougars with a team score of 631, while Indiana State took fourth (633).

Point Loma’s Kathleen Crossley took the top individual honours, four strokes ahead of Carrels, after carding 71 on Day 2 and a 2-over-par 146 overall score. Second-placed Carrels was followed by CSU-San Marcos’ Christina Trujillo (151) and Alyssa Orito (153) for third and fourth, respectively. Carrels totalled five birdies and shot par 22 times in 36 holes.

Fourth-year Vike Michaela Abey finished fifth overall after shooting a 76 in her second round to finish with a two-round score of 154. Shannon Raina was the next highest Vike shooting 80 on both days to finish with 160, tied for 14th. Vikes Cari Chow and Laura Ferreira both finished tied for 24th with a two-round score of 171. Chow improved her Day 1 score by one stroke to shoot 85 in her second round, while Ferreira improved her opening round score by 9 strokes to shoot 81 on Day 2.

Weather was a likely factor as the opening round included a lot of rain, soggy conditions and lightning delay.

The Vikes women will have a quick turn around as their Spring schedule continues immediately next week, Mar. 9-10, in Salem, Ore. for the Corban University Invitational.

3 – Victoria (321 – 310 : 631)
2 – Brianna Carrels (77 – 73 : 150)
5 – Michaela Abey (78 – 76 : 154)
T14 – Shannon Raina (80 – 80 : 160)
T24 – Cari Chow (86 – 85 : 171)
T24 – Laura Ferreira (90 -81 : 171)