VICTORIA – Lawren Rowe shot a three-under-par 68 on Tuesday as the Vikes men’s golf team put the cap on one of their most dominant tournament wins in recent history at the 2016 Coastal Collegiate Classic.
Rowe, who was either under par or even on all 18 holes during his final round, finished the tournament a tournament-best 14-under-par. The NAIA All-American didn’t take his foot off the pedal in any of the three rounds, entering the final day at 11-under-par.
Yet one of the most impressive parts about the Vikes in in Gleneden Beach was their overall team effort. Rowe has already proven that he can dominate the best in NAIA and Canadian university golf, but without a well-rounded performance the team can’t expect to take home hardware.
They got that well-rounded performance over two days in Oregon. Behind Rowe, Mike Griffin finished in third at even, Andrew Funk finished in fifth at three-over-par, Bruce Tomie finished in ninth at 10-over-par and Jake Hamilton, who impressed as a first year at last year’s Corban Spring Invitational, rounded out the group in 25th at 22-over-par.
The result was that the Vikes were the only team to finish under par at the tournament at four-under-par, 19 shots ahead of the next best team – the host Corban University. UVic entered the final day as the team to beat, sitting 32 shots ahead of the second place team.
Unsurprisingly, that task proved impossible. It was the second win in the last six months for the Vikes at a tournament hosted by Corban University.
Next up for the Vikes is the Western Washington University Fall Classic from September 25-27 in Bellingham, Washington.
1 – VICTORIA VIKES (277-271-300: 848)
1 – Lawren Rowe (67-64-68: 199)
3 – Mike Griffin (66-68-79: 213)
5 – Andrew Funk (71-68-77: 216)
9 – Bruce Tomie (73-71-70: 223)
25 – Jake Hamilton (81-78-76: 235)