By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team made a strong appearance at the Victoria-hosted Vikes Golf Shootout at Cordova Bay Golf Course on Oct. 19. In their second and final round the Vikes women finished third overall, while rookie Vike Quinn Fitzgerald tied UBC’s Kat Kennedy for the individual low of the tournament.
Only a few holes into their morning round and play was suspended for nearly 40 minutes due to heavy fog. Fitzgerald finished her tournament with 24 pars and six birdies and a two-round score of 150. The Calgary, Alta. native shot 74 and 76 in her first and second rounds, respectively. UBC’s Kennedy shot 74 in her final round to catch up to Fitzgerald, who led after the opening day.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all, really,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews on Fitzgerald’s performance. “She isn’t overly familiar with the course but the talent that she has and her ball striking abilities showed what she can do this week. It’s definitely a boost of confidence for her moving forward.”
The Thunderbirds took the team title with a score of 617 (310-307) thanks to Kennedy’s 150 and Avril Li’s 152. UBC’s Barbara Neto-Bradley shot par 74 in her second round to help her team with a total score of 156, tying for sixth spot overall.
George Fox University, of Portland, Ore. Impressed in their second round improving from 319 to 307 on Day 2 and taking second place overall. Hailey Ostrom was the top player from George Fox, finishing fourth overall after shooting one-under-par, 73, in her second round and totaling 153 in the tournament.
The Vikes had a quality showing from second-year Vike Brianna Carrels who shot 79 in her second round to finish tied for eighth with a 157 score. Cadence Hellmann also had an exceptional showing in her second round of play shooting a 78 after yesterday’s 81 to sit tied for 11th. Shannon Raina andLaura Ferreira finished 16th and 17th, respectively.
“They are getting better and better,” added Clews about the ladies side. “Coming into this year was a bit of an unknown in terms of how competitive we would be with all the new girls on the team. So far this fall and this season we are doing well. We have girls that were shooting low 80’s and they are now breaking 80 so that really helps our team scores.”
The Vikes have another quick turnaround as they had this week to San Diego, Calif. For the Cal State University and San Marcos Fall Classic, hosted Oct. 26-27.
“We have a couple of practices this week before we leave for San Diego to get some short game work in,” said Clews. “A lot of our success this week was short game related and we hope to carry momentum from this week’s Vikes Golf Shootout in to the CSU-San Marcos tournament next week.”
Vikes Golf Shootout – Final Scores
3 Victoria (316 – 314 : 630)
T1 – Quinn Fitzgerald (74 – 76 : 150)
T8 – Brianna Carrels (78 – 79 :157)
T11 – Cadence Hellmann (81 – 78 : 159)
16 – Shannon Raina (83 – 81 : 164)
T17 – Laura Ferreira (84 – 83 : 167)
T19 – Nicole Gargarella (86 – 83 : 169)
33 – Cassandra Paynter (100 – 97 : 197)