VICTORIA – Consecutive lightning days in the opening two rounds disrupted most play, May 30, at the Canadian University/College Championships. The four-day event hosted in Barrie, Ont. currently sees the Vikes men in fifth place and the Vikes women in second. The Vikes men carded a 312 team score in Round 2, while the women are at 248 after nine holes.
All of the women’s rounds were cut short today but Vikes Hannah Diamond and Laura Ferreira opened with a positive first nine holes with Ferreira carding par and Diamond shooting 1-over par. Ferreira was able to card three birdies on the front nine including one on the par-3 eighth hole.
“It was a long day and there was a three hour weather delay so we were grinding to play as many holes as we could before it was dark,” said Ferreira. “I think we were all pleased with our performance today. When we got back out there the weather was perfect and we definitely took advantage of it.”
“Personally, I made some key birdies to stay even and Hannah eagled her first hole to keep the momentum going. We are looking to have a strong start tomorrow to finish our (second) round and carry that forward into our third round to hopefully close the lead.”
Vike Quinn Fitzgerald shot par for five-straight holes on the front nine to sit in 10th place with a nine-hole score of +5 (41). Nicole Gargarella carded +6 (42) after her opening nine holes and rounds out the Vikes women’s team that seemed much more on track compared to a day previous.
“The girls moved nicely up the leader board today but there is still lots of golf to be played with most of them having six to eight holes left to play tomorrow morning on top of their third round of play,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “We can’t spend too much time watching the leader board though and just need to ensure we are executing every shot tomorrow and keep our focus.”
For the second day in a row, the Thunderbirds lead the women’s division (+25). The Vikes are second at 38-over par, and the Toronto Varsity Blues sit tied for third alongside the Fraser Valley Cascades at 50-over par. 18-hole leader and defending champion Kat Kennedy, from UBC, is in first at 4-over par through nine holes.
The Vikes men finished Round 2 with a team score of 312 bringing them to a two-day total of 41-over par (609). Lawren Rowe continues to lead all Vikes after a second-day score of 74, now totaling +3 (145). Rowe shot par on eight of the back nine holes and was even on another seven holes on the front nine.
“It was even tougher conditions today with more wind that made the course so challenging pretty much all day,” described Clews on the Vikes men’s performance. “Lawren and Mike posted decent rounds considering the weather but I am a little disappointed with the other guys’ play. We didn’t execute our shots very well into the greens and made it tough on ourselves.”
“We will need more of a team effort for the next two rounds. Par is a good score on most of these holes and we need to play smarter and hit more greens instead of trying to attack every pin.”
Vike Mike Griffin shot +6 (77) to total 149 over two rounds, while team mate Bruce Tomie logged three birdies today to shoot +8 (79). Vike Jake Hamilton shot +11 (82) and Alex Cartwright carded +15 (86).
“Today played a touch tougher than yesterday with the wind blowing a bit harder for the morning wave,” said Griffin after Day 2. I think we all struggled with the firmness of the greens but we haven’t shot ourselves out of the tournament and with two good rounds to finish I like our chances to win this tournament.”
On the men’s side, the Toronto Blues are second at 24-over par and rounding out the top three is the Laval Rouge et Or, who hold the clubhouse lead with a team score of +32. Behind the Rouge et Or are the Western Mustangs, who are at 37-over par.
First round individual leader, Eric Flockhart, from Wilfrid Laurier is still on top. The Mississauga, Ont., product is 1 under par for the tournament through nine holes. He is three shots clear of UBC’s Evan Holmes (+2).
The top 10 male teams and the top six female teams will make the 54-hole cut, while any individual within 15 strokes of the lead will also make it to the fourth and final round set for Jun. 1.
No women’s teams finished their second round today; play is set to resume Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Due to the weather delays, the groups will not be re-ordered after 36 holes. The pairings will be the same as Monday’s draw. After the third round the top-10 men’s teams and the top six women’s teams will advance to the final round.
The top finisher in the men’s and women’s division will get an exemption into their respective Canadian Amateur Championships and the top finishers in the men’s and women’s draws will qualify for the Summer Universiade Games, in Taipei, Taiwan, from Aug. 19-30.
Victoria (MEN) 297-312 : 609 (+41)
T3 – Lawren Rowe 71 – 74 : 145 (+3)
T10 – Mike Griffin 72-77 : 149 (+7)
T41 – Bruce Tomie 76-79 : 155 (+13)
T66 – Jake Hamilton 78-82 : 160 (+18)
T97 – Alex Cartwright 81-86 : 167 (+25)
*Vikes women only played nine holes for their second round on May 30