A.I.I. Conference Championships at the Brassie Golf Club (Chesterton, Ind.)
By Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – The Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams closed out the A.I.I. Conference Championships by turning in their best combined rounds of the two-day event, securing a pair of second place finishes at the Brassie Golf Club in Chesterton, Ind.
The Vikes men shot a combined 289 on the final day to finish at +14 while the women shot 317 to close out at +68. UBC came out on top in men’s and women’s competition, shooting a combined -19 in men’s play and +40 on the women’s side to lock down spots in the NAIA National Championships.
All five Vikes women finished in the top ten of the individual standings, led by Cadence Hellmann at a combined +12 through two rounds. She finished in fourth behind a trio of UBC athletes and was the only Vike to make it into the tournament’s top five.
Laura Ferreira shot a team-best 76 in the second round to finish in sixth at +15, followed by Quinn Fitzgerald in seventh (+16), Nicole Gargarella in ninth (+25), and Shannon Raina in tenth (+26).
“The women struggled on the first day but came back strong with a 217 score,” said assistant coach Bryan Carberry. The Vikes women shaved a total of 10 shots off their day one score of 227 on day two.
Three of the top ten players on the men’s side were Vikes, as Lawren Rowe finished in a tie for third at -4, Alex Cartwright finished in seventh at +1, and Mike Griffin finished in a tie for eighth at +8. Each player shot par in the final round. Rowe finished just two shots back of UBC’s Evan Holmes and Nate Ollis and was the only non-Thunderbird in the top six.
Rounding out the Vikes men were Andrew Funk and Sean Hay, who shot 73 and 78, respectively, on the final day. Funk closed out the tournament tied for eleventh at +12 while Hay finished in a tie for thirteenth at +15.
“The UBC men played tremendous [throughout the tournament] but that being said UVic played all right and better today,” said Carberry. “The boys are in position to make NAIA Nationals as an At Large Berth.”
Both teams will have to wait to find out whether they have a spot in their respective NAIA National Championships. The women’s tournament takes place from May 17-20 at the Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga., while the men’s tournament is at TPC Deer Run in Moine, Ill., from May 24-27.
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