Rowe remains atop leaderboard after Day 3 of NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships
By David Conlin, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – Lawren Rowe kept himself in contention for the individual title with a solid third round on Thursday but the University of Victoria Vikes registered their highest combined score yet to slip to ninth at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships in Silvis, Ill.
The Vikes moved down a total of four places on Thursday, one day after jumping up to fifth with an excellent all-around performance. They finished the day at 24-over-par and seemed to lose momentum as the round progressed.
“Pretty tough day for the guys,” said head coach Justin Clews. “I think our main downfall today was our team’s performance during the middle six holes where we scored +20. Despite a decent start on our first six holes, that middle stretch really deflated our chances to stay atop the leaderboard.”
It wasn’t all tough news for the Vikes on Thursday, as Rowe matched his opening round with a two-over-par 73 to remain atop the individual leaderboard. He shares that honour with two other players—Texas Wesleyan’s David Ravetto and Oklahoma City’s Matthew Cheung.
Rowe started on a strong note once again, carding a two-under-par 33 on the front nine. However, much like his teammates, he ran into trouble later in the round, posting a four-over-par 40 on the back nine. Fellow second year Andrew Funk also started strong, carding two birdies through the first six holes before registering four bogies and three double-bogies through the last 12.
Fifth player Sean Hay had his best round yet, shooting a seven-over-par 78. Alex Cartwright also shot a 78 while Mike Griffin battled through an strain suffered Wednesday to shoot an 82.
“On a positive note, the guys never gave up out there,” said Clews. “Lawren is still in a great position to bring home the individual title.
“It will be fun to watch him battle out for the victory tomorrow in this setting.”
UBC turned in an excellent one-under-par performance on Thursday to move into first place. They hold a seven stroke lead over Oklahoma City heading into the final day of play.
POS TEAM R1 R2 R3 TOTAL
1 British Columbia 299 289 283 871
2 Oklahoma City 292 297 289 878
3 William Woods 284 301 298 883
4 Oregon Tech 301 300 283 884
5 Johnson & Wales – FL 298 292 301 891
6 Wayland Baptist 294 299 299 892
7 Texas Wesleyan 298 303 293 894
8 Keiser University 305 303 289 897
9 Victoria (BC) 299 292 308 899
10 University of the Cumberlands 322 304 -7 +51
POS PLAYER R1 R2 R3 TOTAL
T1 Lawren Rowe (1) 73 67 73 213
T57 Alex Cartwright (3) 76 73 78 227
T70 Andrew Funk (4) 78 72 79 229
T107 Mike Griffin (2) 72 80 82 234
T145 Sean Hay (5) 84 88 78 250