VICTORIA – It was a perfect 3-0 weekend for the UVic Vikes women’s golf team as they stormed their way to their first victory of the season at the Capital City Match Play tournament, hosted in Salem Oregon on March 4-5.
“They were really preparing themselves for this event and knew going into it that they needed a win to boost their NAIA rankings,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “I’m really excited for the girls and their performance in bringing home the win this week.”
In the match play format tournament the Vikes were paired off with another team and each of their five players: Laura Ferreira, Hannah Diamond, Quinn Fitzgerald, Nicole Gargarella and Melanie Murchison, competed head-to-head against a player from the other team.
Ferraira and Gargarella led the Vikes on the weekend, picking up victories in all three of their matches. Murchison and Diamond both finished the tournament at 2-1, while Fitzgerald went 1-1-1.
The weekend got off to great start for the Vikes when they defeated Simpson University by a score of 4-0-1. The Vikes followed that up by taking down No. 17 Oregon Tech in the semifinals. With darkness forcing the semifinal to be delayed on Saturday the Vikes had to maintain their composure to play the final two holes Sunday morning in what was eventually a 4-1-0 victory.
In the championship match the Vikes were in tough, but managed to pull out the 3-2-0 win over Lewis & Clark College.
“This will be a big confidence booster for the team and I look to see them carry the momentum from this win into the rest of the season,” said Clews.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
2. Lewis & Clark
6. Sierra Nevada