(ISN) – By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team are travelling south for the annual Battle at Primm hosted at the Primm Valley Golf Club in Nevada on Mar. 23-24. This will be the final event before the Vikes women compete in their regional conference Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championship in Texas, Apr. 27-29.
At the Battle at Primm, the Vikes will be looking to improve their No. 21-NAIA rank to qualify for NAIA Nationals, hosted in Savannah, Georgia May 12-15.
Among the 14 competing teams in next week’s 36-hole event are Top-10 ranked teams including UBC, Grand View (Iowa), Concordia, Wayland Baptist (Texas), Embry-Riddle and Northwood from Florida.
“Based on the strength of the field, our team just needs to stay focused in the present, be patient and the results will show,” said Justin Clews, Vikes golf head coach. “I feel like the girls can produce a Top-3 finish, which should improve our rankings.”
Victoria currently boasts the best improvements from last week’s NAIA Top 25 poll, moving four spots up from No. 25 to 21 with 169 points.
First-year Vike Brianna Carrels will lead the women’s roster alongside senior Michaela Abey. Cari Chow, Shannon Raina and Laura Ferreira round out the rest of the Vikes roster. Abey most recently won the Corban Invite on Mar. 10 to place the Vikes second overall, while earlier in the spring, Carrels finished second individually in California’s Cougar Invitational to place the Vikes third overall.
The Vikes women play 18 holes on both days, with a shotgun start at 8.30 a.m. on the 6,945-yard par 71 golf course.
Vikes Travelling Roster