Tale of the Weekend

Cordova Bay Golf Course and the UVic Vikes will host the annual Vikes Shootout, October 17-18. It will be the first home event of the season for the Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams.

The action will get underway at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.

The men will play three rounds of golf, while the women will play two and the competition is sure to be tight on both sides of the bracket.

The Vikes men enter the weekend ranked fourth in the NAIA rankings. The only team at the Shootout ranked ahead of them is their long-time rival, the UBC Thunderbirds.

“It will be a strong challenge, especially from UBC. The guys ultimate goal is to take the team victory but they understand that UBC has been playing well lately too, so it’s not going to be easy,” said Justin Clews, Vikes head coach.

UBC will also be the top competition for a Vikes women team that is looking to rebound after a difficult start to their season.

“The Bellingham event was a good eye opener for them. They know that it’s going to be a little bit of an uphill climb from here for them to get their rankings down, but if they play smart golf at Cordova Bay that will bode well for their rankings,” said Clews.

About the Event

UBC and the Vikes won’t be the only teams competing at the Vikes Shootout.

Corban University, Calgary University, the University of Alberta, Skagit Valley, Lethbridge University and the University of Manitoba will also by vying for the title.

The Vikes were dominant on their home course last year, capturing three of the four available trophies.

The men’s team will be looking to defend the 2015 overall title that they captured at the Shootout, while the Vikes women will be hoping to improve on their third place finish last season.

Both Andrew Funk and Quinn Fitzgerald of the Vikes will be back to try and defend their individual titles.

Scouting the Course

Cordova Bay is a course that all members of the Vikes will know well. The advantage of playing at home may be equalized a little bit by what are expected to be some very wet conditions.

“The course is going to be playing differently than it did the last time we were on it. Cordova Bay drains really well so I don’t anticipate the course to be wet to point where it’s unplayable, but it’s going to play a little bit longer because it will definitely be saturated,” said Clews.

Coach’s Take
Justin Clews, Vikes head coach

On the men’s team

“The guys are pretty excited to defend their title. Going into the shootout last year we were considered an underdog to UBC where as this year we are more evenly matched. It could potentially be a coin flip but I think our guys are pretty prepared for this event.”

On the women’s team

“They struggled in Bellingham. Unfortunately they are not playing to the ability that they know they can play. I’m confident that they’ll play well at the shootout. It’s going to be a very tough task to beat UBC for the women. I think it’s achievable but it’s not going to be easy.”

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