VICTORIA— The University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Council is pleased to announce the winners of the athletes and team of the month awards for the month of September 2016. The council would like to congratulate fourth-year rower Jessica Bateman, third-year golfer Lawren Rowe and the Vikes men’s golf team on being awarded September’s athlete and team of the month awards.


Lawren Rowe, Men’s Golf
Victoria, B.C. native and Mount Douglas Secondary alum, Lawren Rowe had an absolutely dominant month of September. Rowe got his month started with a bang, when he took the overall win at the Vikes first tournament of the season, the Coastal Collegiate Classic. Rowe was 14-under par in the tournament, seven shots better than his closest competitor. Rowe’s good month didn’t finish there though, he was also the top Vike at the Western Washington Classic, finishing three-under par and in a tie for sixth. Rowe’s good month vaulted him up 541 spots in Golf Canada’s amateur top-10 ranking. Rowe currently occupies the number seven spot.

Jessica BatemanWomen’s Rowing
The Vikes women’s rowing team competed in just two events in the month of September, and Jessica Wallace was extremely successful in both of them. The product of St. Catharines, ON raced for team B.C. in both the National Rowing Championships and the Canada Cup Regatta. Wallace took home the bronze in the U-23 Lightweight single at the National Rowing Championships and then went out and did even better the very next day. She captured the gold in the lightweight women’s quad at the Canada Cup.


Men’s Golf
The Vikes men’s golf team got their season off to what can only by described as a dream start as they chase a second-straight invite to the NAIA men’s golf championship. The Vikes first tournament of the month was the Coastal Collegiate Classic and their competition never stood a chance. The Vikes finished the tournament at four-under par, 19 shots ahead of second place. While their next outing didn’t result in a win, the Vikes also put in a strong performance at the Western Washington Classic where they finished tied for fourth out of 17 teams in the tournament. Lawren Rowe and Andrew Funk of the Vikes both finished in the top-10 overall.