By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team finished fourth with a three round score of 883 at the 2015 AII Conference Championship hosted at The Club at Colony Creek in Victoria, Texas. The two day and three round championship had a second-place finish from Vikes rookie Lawren Rowe who shot 72 in his third and final round to finish with a total score of 214.
CSU-San Marcos took home the top of the team honours with a team score of 876 and a third round score of 294. Dylan Healey of CSU-San Marcos shot 208 to take the individual title.
“Despite coming fourth overall in the tournament we were first overall in today’s round,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews whose team shot a third-round score of 286, the lowest of the day. “It was windy and the course was four to five shots harder than yesterday but we still managed to have our best round today. There were tougher pin placements but the team was very consistent this morning with a lot of pars and no big numbers. They played really smart golf.”
The Vikes were led by Rowe who shot 71 in both his opening rounds and finished up his third round with a 72. The first-year Vike was followed by third place Scott Secord of UBC (215).
Vike Alex Cartwright shot 70 today to finish with a 219 and in fifth place overall. Rookies Mike Griffin and Andrew Funk both shot 72 in their final round and both finished with a 226 to finish tied for 17th. Sean Hay shot 76 to end with a 232 three-round score and tied for 24th. With the top-5 finish both Rowe and Cartwright were named to the AII First All-Conference team.
“It was disappointing being in the position we were starting the day because we didn’t have a good second round yesterday,” described Clews. “It’s sort of been the story of the year for us that we perform our best in the last round. I was really proud of them regardless, particularly Alex who shot under part today. There wasn’t many who were able to shoot under par so that was a great accomplishment for him in tough conditions.”
CSU-San Marcos guarantee a spot at the NAIA National Championship with their conference banner win this weekend. Rankings and average play over the year will be the determining factors as to whether or not the Vikes will qualify for the national championship hosted at LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Florida from May 19-22.
4 – Victoria (296-301-286 : 883)
2 Lawren Rowe (71-71-72 : 214)
5 Alex Cartwright (74-74-70 : 219)
T17 Mike Griffin (77-77-72 : 226)
T17 Andrew Funk (75-79-72 : 226)
T24 Sean Hay (75-81-76 : 232)