VICTORIA – If the Coastal Collegiate Classic is any indication, the 2016-17 season is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Vikes men’s golf program.
The men’s team took the event by storm on Day 1, registering an overall score of 20-under-par through two rounds in Oregon. Lawren Rowe, coming off a season that saw him be named a NAIA All-American, shot a team-best 11-under-par to lead a total team effort on Monday.
“Really impressed with the guys’ play today,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Lawren was in a groove this afternoon and made 64 look pretty easy out there. Our afternoon score of 13-under is definitely our lowest score for one round since I began coaching.”
Heading into Day 2 of the two-day, season-opening event, the Vikes are 32 shots ahead of the next closest opponent in Corban University, who sit second at 12-over-par. Rowe, Mike Griffin, Andrew Funk and Bruce Tomie all hold down spots in the top five in first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively, while Jake Hamilton sits tied for 26th at 17-over-par.
Griffin led the Vikes through the first round, posting a team-leading score of five-under-par followed by Rowe at four-under-par and Funk at even. But the performance that especially stood out to Clews was that of Tomie, who showed what he can do down the stretch to make a valuable contribution.
“Bruce really clutched up for us on the back nine with a score of 31,” said Clews. “He finished five-under-par on his last seven holes to help keep our team score well under par.”
The second round was also a success, as Rowe sank eight birdie putts and registered just a single bogie to finish seven-under-par. Griffin and Funk both finished three-under-par while Tomie once again made a valuable contribution from the fourth slot, shooting par to bring the total score of the round to a 13-under-par 271.
To put that second-round total in perspective at the tournament, only two other teams combined for a round under 300 on the day and no other team shot below 290 in a round.
“Overall, really proud of the guys today,” said Clews. “Hopefully we can continue with this momentum heading into tomorrow’s final round.”
The Vikes get back at it tomorrow for the final round of the tournament looking to lock down their first win in their first tournament of the yea