By Melissa Fraser, Vikes Communications
Vikes golferAlex Cartwright
The University of Victoria Vikes and Thrifty Foods are pleased to recognize third-year Vikes golferAlex Cartwright as the 2015 recipient of the Thrifty Foods Golf Award. Cartwright was presented with the award on June 3 by Jim Dores, General Manager of Thrifty Foods, at a special reception hosted at the Bayview Place Roundhouse.
The annual award is given to a Vikes golfer who has demonstrated outstanding playing ability, strong leadership skills and is in good academic standing.
Over the past three seasons, Cartwright has been instrumental in guiding a young team to top form in both NAIA and Canadian University play. The Vikes men are recently done competition at the Canadian University/College Golf Championship, hosted May 26-29 in Guelph, Ont., where they placed second overall. Cartwright placed in the top-10 for individual rankings after carding 8-over par, 288 across four rounds which included shooting under par (68) on Day 3.
“Alex has been an integral part of our success this year,” said Vikes men’s golf head coach Justin Clews. “He shows great leadership qualities and is continuously helping coordinate practices and getting involved with Vikes Junior Golf events and other related community events to promote the team and the Vikes. He couldn’t be more deserving of this award.”
The Spectrum Community grad has been a stand out player all year including helping the Vikes with back-to-back wins at the Master’s College Spring Invitational and then the Corban Spring Invitational in March. Cartwright was recently honoured as a member of the 2015 NAIA Men’s Golf Second Team All-American team. This achievement is recognized to those placing well in various NAIA tournaments with a competitive and respectable scoring average in NAIA competition. For the 2014-15 Season, the third-year golfer boasted a 73.85 stroke average, putting him in the top 80 out of over 800 golfers in the NAIA.
“The Thrifty Foods Youth Golf Clinics come from a great partnership with the Vikes, it enables kids and young adults to get involved together enjoying the world of golf. We take great pride in supporting initiatives that focus on sports leadership, athletic youth development and activities that get young people outside and moving,” said Dores.
Thrifty Foods has been a major contributor to the University of Victoria on many unique initiatives including the Vikes Golf program through the Thrifty Foods youth Golf Clinics as part of the PGA tour, and supporting the Vikes varsity golf team with their annual athletic award. These clinics give kids the opportunity to work with the Vikes like Cartwright to develop their skills and help inspire them to see the future possibilities that there are with continuing in sport. This year’s clinic was held on May 31 and boasted 151 participants. Thanks to this support Cartwright will receive $2,500 along with this year’s award.
Vikes golfers help coach at the youth clinics and in return money raised goes to help fund the annual Thrifty Foods Golf Award as well as the Vikes Junior Golf Program.