By David Conlin, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – Lawren Rowe closed out the season with his second straight second-place finish and the University of Victoria men’s and women’s golf teams turned in solid rounds to finish the Canadian University/College Golf Championship in second and fifth, respectively.
“Generally speaking for both teams we weren’t completely on our game in terms of ball striking,” said head coach Justin Clews of his teams’ performances over the four-day event. “I felt like we put a lot of preparation into this event by coming here a month ago to practice but some club selection off the tees cost us on some of the holes.”
Andrew Funk led the men on Friday, carding a three-under-par 69 to close out the championship on a high note. He and most of the men’s team were able to bounce back from a tough opening round on Tuesday to round out the tournament with forward momentum.
“Being 25 back after round one, I think it was a wake-up call for the guys and unfortunately that’s a lot of ground to try and catch up,” said Clews. “Even though we had three rounds, the guys knew that they could claw their way back but give credit to UBC. They put the first three rounds of the event under par and that’s hard to beat.
“Moving forward they’ll collect their thoughts and understand that they’ve just got to prepare themselves better coming into the event next year.”
Rowe followed Funk with a two-under-par 70 on Friday—his lowest round of the tournament—to finish second behind UBC’s Scott Secord, who dominated with a combined 277 over four days to claim the men’s individual title.
“I always talk about his work ethic—he’s basically the first guy to show up to practice and the last guy to leave,” said Clews. “I think that translates into his game a lot in terms of his scoring. Heh as a bad round and it’s 73, 74. If he gets it going he can shoot three or four or five under.
“From an individual standpoint, I know he’s pleased with how he played—I know he came into this event thinking he could wi
With a successful first year under his belt, Rowe took time to reflect after his round Friday.
“It was definitely a success,” said Rowe. “I definitely moved leaps and bounds from my first year. I was pretty happy with my first year—didn’t really like how I ended it—and this year I was proud of the way I played in the fall and the spring but it was really key for me to come to NAIA nationals and Canadian nationals and perform the way I know I could.”
The rest of the Vikes men turned in impressive rounds on Friday too. Alex Cartwright shot an even-par 72 for his best round of the tournament while Bruce Tomie finished the event tied for 24th with a four-over-par 76. Mike Griffin rounded out the group with a 82.
Quinn Fitzgerald was one of two Vikes women to shoot an eight-over-par 80 on Friday, sharing that honour with Cadence Hellmann. The rookie Vike led the team with a combined score of 319 over four days and finished 10th after the cut.
“She’s got so much upside,” said Clews. “I give a lot of credit to her demeanor and her attitude on the course. She again had a couple of tough holes this week but she walks away from a mediocre or poor round and bounces back the next day. I think she’s going to be a really integral piece of our puzzle in terms of our women’s team moving forward.
“I honestly feel like she’ll be a good kind of captain moving forward and I think the women will look at her as a leader.”
Hellmann finished tied for 15th after the cut while Laura Ferreira moved into 17th with a nine-over-par 81 and veteran Michaela Abey turned in an 86. Abey, playing in the final event of her Vikes career, had her best day on Thursday when she led the team with a 76.
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