By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team wrapped up a back-to-back tournament weekend at the Western Washington Invitational hosted at Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Oct. 12-13, in Bellingham, Wash. Third year Laura Ferreira led all Vikes finishing tied for ninth, while overall the team finished eighth.
“We had much better weather conditions today,” described Vikes women’s golf assistant coach Alison Quinlan who traveled with the team. “I was really happy with how the girls played and they really took advantage of the better conditions. We hit a lot better shots and everyone is improving which is what you want to see as we are just getting into the groove of the season.”
The Vikes battled through cold, windy and wet conditions on Day 1, resulting in most players having much lower scores in their second round. The team collectively tied for eighth place with a 63-over par, 647 team score. The Vikes’ second round was seven strokes better improving from 327 on Day 1 to 320 on Day 2. Ferreira improved her opening round score of 80 to 74 on the second day finishing 8-over par, 154 and the top Vike.
“Laura had really strong ball striking and it seemed the more she put herself in that lead position the more she continued to capitalize on it,” added Quinlan, a former Vike and RCGA national champion herself. “I was also really impressed by our newer players. They showed great maturity on the course and played very smart out there.”
First-year Vike Quinn Fitzgerald finished tied for 31st overall after somewhat consistent scores of 82 and 81 in her two rounds. The Calgary native finished 17-over par, 163 in a field of 62 competitors. Teammates Cadence Hellmann, Shannon Raina and Nicole Gargarella finished tied for 36th, 43rdand 55th, respectively.
In team standings Northeastern State took top honours with a two-round team score of 16-over, 600. First place individually went to St. Martin’s University’s Jennifer Liedes (1-under par, 145), while second place was tied with Northeastern State’s Ebba Moberg and Western Washington’s Jenn Paul who both finished even with a two-round score of 146.
“We’re always trying to tighten up on our games,” said Quinlan on the early season. “We have to continue to improve our short game and putting and, of course, minimize errors and lower our numbers on the bigger holes.”
Up next the Vikes women will prepare for their first home competition at Cordova Bay Golf Course. The Annual Vikes Golf Shootout will take place on Oct. 19-20 and will feature several Canadian competitors, as well as some familiar NAIA teams and individuals.
8 – Victoria (327-320 : 647) +63
T9 – Laura Ferreira (80-74 :154) +8
T31 – Quinn Fitzgerald (82-81 : 163) +17
T36 – Cadence Hellmann (81-83 : 164) +18
T43 – Shannon Raina (84-82 : 166) +20
T55 – Nicole Gargarella (90-85 : 175) +29