VICTORIA – It was moving day at the Canadian University Golf Championships on May 31, and both the Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams have set themselves up for a dramatic final day after climbing near the top of the leaderboard in Chilliwack, B.C.
Through three rounds of the four-day event, both teams find themselves in second-place, although they have a tough task ahead of them in trying to track down the leaders on the final day of play.
For the Vikes women, their round of 226 on the day matched their best team score of the tournament so far, allowing them to leap the Montréal Carabins for second overall. The Vikes sit 20 shots behind the University Of British Columbia Thunderbirds for first-place and will enter the final round six shots ahead of the Carabins.
Quinn Fitzgerald continued her impressive turn at the tournament by posting a round of 76, scoring one birdie and 13 pars in her round. The third-year Vike will enter the fourth round of action in a tie for fourth-place, with her total of 224 being just three strokes behind third-place on the individual leaderboard.
Third-year Vike Nicole Gargarella fired in the third-lowest round of all competitors on the day with a one-over-par 73. Gargarella’s three-day score of 231 puts her in a tie for 12th.
Right behind Gargarella is fifth-year Cadence Hellmann who sits in a tie for 14th after shooting consistent rounds of 77, 78 and 77.
Rounding out the Vikes effort is Rhiannon Jones who shot a pair of birdies and eight pars en route to recording a score of 79. Jones is in 19th-place overall, which puts all four of the Vikes in the top-20 entering the final day of play.
Much like the Vikes women, the men find themselves in second-place and will have a tall task in trying to track down the lone team ahead of them. The Vikes’ score of 857 is well back of the leading University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (839) and they are sure to face a tough test from the third-place UBC T-Birds (858) on the final day of action.
Lawren Rowe continued his charge up the standings, carding a round of two-under-par 70. Rowe hit five birdies on the day and his total of 210 puts him in second-place, just four strokes back of the individual leader.
Consistency continued to be the rule for Mike Griffin, as the fifth-year Vike is now in a tie for 26th after shooting rounds of 73, 73 and 72.
Bruce Tomie had by far his best round of the tournament, shooting a bogey-free round of 68 to move all the way into a tie with Miller for 40th.
The fourth and final round of action in Chilliwack will get underway tomorrow, June 1, and will see both teams looking to improve upon their already impressive record at Nationals. The Vikes men will be going for their third second-place finish in the last four years, while the women are aiming to hit the podium for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons.
Women’s Team Standings
1. UBC T-Birds (221-224-219: 664) +16
2. UVic Vikes (226-232-226: 684) +36
3. Montréal Carabins (223-230-237: 690) +42
4. U of T Varsity Blues (234-232-228: 694) +46
5. UFV Cascades (236-223-239: 698) +50
2nd – VICTORIA (226-232-226: 684) +36
T4 – Quinn Fitzgerald (74-74-76: 224) +8
T12 – Nicole Gargarella (75-83-73: 231) +15
T14 – Cadence Hellmann (77-78-77: 232) +16
19 – Rhiannon Jones (77-80-79: 236) +20
Men’s Team Standings
1. UFV Cascades (278-277-284: 839) -25
2. UVic Vikes (295-278-284: 857) -7
3. UBC T-Birds (293-274-291: 858) -6
4. Humber Hawks (298-285-281: 864) E
5. Manitoba Bisons (298-284-288: 870) +6
2rd – VICTORIA (295-278-284: 857) -7
T2 – Lawren Rowe (75-65-70: 210) -6
T26 – Mike Griffin (73-73-72: 218) +2
T34 – Jacob Hayes (72-70-78: 220) +4
T40 – Josh Miller (77-70-74: 221) +5
T40 – Bruce Tomie (75-78-68: 221) +5