VICTORIA – The Vikes men’s golf program kept themselves within striking distance at the Western Washington University Invitational on Monday, shooting a combined three-over-par 579 through two rounds of play.

All five of the travelling Vikes showed impressive flashes on the day, led by Lawren Rowe with a two-under-par 42. Bruce Tomie followed at par, registering a two-under-par 70 in the first round before overcoming a triple-bogie in the second round to shoot a two-over-par 74.

“Solid rounds by Lawren and Bruce,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Lawren could have been a lot lower could have been a lot lower but didn’t get many puts to fall. Conditions were very scoreable with minimal wind and soft greens.”

With round one in the books, Clews remarked that he’d like to see his team go into round two on a strong note.

They did just that, thanks in large part to strong rounds from Andrew Funk and Mike Griffin. Funk shot a two-under-par 70 in the second round to finish at one over on the day while Griffin hit par to finish at four over. First-year Vike Brandon McManus closed out the day with a strong two-over-par 74 to finish the day at 10 over.

Three Canadian schools—Victoria, UBC and Simon Fraser—made the trip to the tournament and all three finished in the top six. The Thunderbirds came out on top with a combined seven-under-par 569 while Simon Fraser combined for a five-over-par 581.

The Vikes get back at it for round three on Tuesday looking to come out on top against the toughest competition they’ve faced so far this season.