NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships

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Rowe claims third, Vikes finish ninth at NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships

By David Conlin, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA – Lawren Rowe locked down a third place finish with a three-over-par 74 and the University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team shot a combined 18-over-par to claim a ninth place finish on the final day of the NAIA National Championships at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.


“Overall, relatively pleased with the team’s performance today,” said head coach Justin Clews. “Of the four days, today was the toughest weather with wind guests consistent throughout the round. Our guys battled hard out there but we definitely need to sharpen our game for Canadians next week.”

Rowe’s final score earned him a spot on the Tournament All-Star team and he closed out the day by being honoured as a NAIA First Team All-American. It was a big day for the second-year Vike with a bright future.

“Really proud of Lawren’s performance this week,” said Clews. “Third place is a great finish amongst 156 golfers and I can see him in this spot again for future national events. Lawren has amazing talent and I can see multiple tournament wins in his future if he keeps up the hard work.”

Rowe finished the tournament at a team-best three-over-par, followed by Alex Cartwright (+20),Andrew Funk (+21), Mike Griffin (+25) and Sean Hay (+43). Griffin started the tournament strong before suffering a strained muscle, although he regrouped on the final day to post a pair of eagles on par fives. He shot par on the back nine to end the tournament on a high note.

Andrew Funk also had some impressive holes on Friday, carding a team-best four birdies. But a triple-bogie on the fifth hole helped hold him to five-over-par on the day. Alex Cartwright finished just behind him with a six-over-par 77 while Sean Hay had his best round yet, shooting a six-over-par 77.

“This was Alex and Sean’s last NAIA event,” noted Clews. “I’m sure it was special for them to cap their NAIA career off at a great course like TPC Deere Run.”

Overall, it was a positive end to the tournament for a team that now faces a short turnaround, as the Vikes will host the Canadian University/College Golf Championships at Morningstar Golf Club from May 31-June 3. Read Golf Canada’s preview for the event here. Four of the five from this event will be playing next week with Bruce Tomie replacing Hay as the fifth player.



1 Oklahoma City 292 297 289 286 1164
2 British Columbia 299 289 283 301 1172
3 William Woods 284 301 298 290 1173
4 Texas Wesleyan 298 303 293 282 1176
5 Johnson & Wales – FL 298 292 301 291 1182
6 Wayland Baptist 294 299 299 296 1188
7 Oregon Tech 301 300 283 313 1197
8 South Carolina Beaufort 301 308 298 291 1198
T9 University of the Cumberlands 295 308 301 297 1201
T9 Victoria (BC) 299 292 308 302 1201


3 Lawren Rowe (1) 73 67 73 74 287
T59 Alex Cartwright (3) 76 73 78 77 304
T63 Andrew Funk (4) 78 72 79 76 305
T75 Mike Griffin (2) 72 80 82 75 309
92 Sean Hay (5) 84 88 78 77 327

2016 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship All-Tournament Team
David Ravetto, Texas Wesleyan
Matthew Cheung, Oklahoma City
Lawren Rowe, Victoria (B.C.)
Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City
Evan Holmes, British Columbia
Dylan MacQueen, Cardinal Stritch (WIs.)
Gustavo Vaccaro, Southeastern (Fla.)
Peter French, Johnson & Wales (Fla.)
Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City
Matt Wells, William Woods (Mo.)
David Houlding, William Woods (Mo.)
Nate Ollis, British Columbia
Ian Ansett, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Alasdair McDougall, William Woods (Mo.)
Jack Wood, British Columbia
Sergio Garcia, St. Ambrose (Iowa)

NAIA PING First-Team All-Americans
Matthew Cheung, Oklahoma City
Stone Cowie, Thomas
Peter French, Johnson & Wales (FL)
Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City
Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City
Leo Mathard, Texas Wesleyan
Billy McKenzie, William Woods
David Ravetto, Texas Wesleyan
Lawren Rowe, Victoria
Andrew Williamson, Wayland Baptist

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