Second year Lawren Rowe logs tournament-low 67 at NAIA Championships (Silvis, Ill.)
By David Conlin, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – Second-year Vike Lawren Rowe put on a show in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., Wednesday afternoon, registering a four-under-par 67 to help the University of Victoria take sole possession of fifth place.
Rowe’s 67 is the lowest score of the tournament so far, with the next best mark coming from Webber International’s Sam De’Ath at 68. With a combined score of 140 through two days, the Victoria product sits atop the tournament leaderboard by one stroke.
“Lawren was our proven leader today and made a 67 look pretty easy out there,” said head coach Justin Clews. “Very pleased with team’s performance today. Great to see Lawren in this position and his low round of the day.”
Rowe opened the day strong, registering two birdies through his first three holes before closing out his round with two more. His only blip of the day came on the par-four 18th hole, which saw him settle for a bogie. It was a small setback on an otherwise excellent day.
Wednesday saw a solid showing all around from the Vikes, who have put up a combined 23-over-par score of 591 through two days. Andrew Funk shaved six shots off his opening round score with a one-over-par 72 while Alex Cartwright was one stroke behind at 73. Mike Griffin battled through a muscle strain to shoot 80 while Sean Hay rounded out the group at 88.
“Nice to see Alex and Andrew bounce back,” said Clews. “We dodged the forecasted thunderstorms with clearing later in the day. Wind also died down out there during the latter part of our round. Mike suffered a bit of a setback on his 6th hole with a muscle pull on a swing. Unfortunately, with the discomfort, it proved to affect his play coming down the stretch.”
Heading into Day 3 on Thursday, the Vikes sit just six shots back of top-ranked William Woods University, whose stellar opening round score of 284 helped make up for an average second round of 301. For a team with high hopes like the Vikes, things couldn’t be going much better.
“The team is really excited in where they sit right now,” said Clews. “Definitely in striking distance and I really feel—and the guys feel—that we can compete for the win.”
The team will have a chance to do just that when they hit the course for round three on Thursday.
Position Team To Par R1 R2 Total
1 William Woods +17 284 301 585
2 British Columbia +20 299 289 588
3 Oklahoma City +21 292 297 589
4 Johnson & Wales +22 298 292 590
5 Victoria (BC) +23 299 292 591
Position Player R1 R2 Total
1 Lawren Rowe (1) 73 67 140
T27 Alex Cartwright (3) 76 73 149
T37 Andrew Funk (4) 78 72 150
T54 Mike Griffin (2) 72 80 152
T150 Sean Hay (5) 84 88 172