A team score of 326 was good enough to keep the NAIA season of the University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team alive, as they were the final team to make the cut at the National Championship tournament being hosted in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Consistency has been key for the Vikes at the tournament, as they followed up their opening round of 325 by taking just one more stroke to complete play on the 5,875-yard, par-72 layout of the PGA National Course on May 23.
With the entire field enduring wet and windy conditions, the Vikes were able to battle through that adversity and were one of just seven schools to either improve on, or come within one shot of their opening score.
Their two-day team total of 651 has the Vikes in a tie for 16th, alongside Loyola University.
Standout senior Cadence Hellmann continues to lead the way for the Vikes, shooting a six-over-par round of 78. Hellmann birdied the par-five hole No. 10 and then compiled 11 pars throughout her round. Back-to-back outstanding rounds from the native of Shelburne, Ont., is good enough sixth-place, where she sits just four strokes behind the leader.
After shooting a round of 84, second-year Vike Rhiannon Jones sits in a tie for 76th. Jones birdied one hole on the day while also carding seven pars.
Just three strokes behind Jones in a tie for 94th is third-year Quinn Fitzgerald. Nine pars highlighted the day of Fitzgerald who shot a score of 85.
A big reason for the Vikes making the cut was the play of Melanie Murchison. Murchison birdied holes 14 and 15 en route to carding a round of 80.
Nicole Gargarella rounded out the Vikes contingent with a solid round of 84. The third-year from Toronto, sits in a tie for 109th after the two days of competition.
UVic will open the third round of play Thursday at 4:15 a.m. PDT. Gargarella will tee off first on the 10th hole followed by Murchison (4:24), Fitzgerald (4:33), Jones (4:42) and Hellmann (4:51).
T 16th – VICTORIA (325-326: 651)
6 – Cadence Hellmann (74-78: 152)
T76 – Rhiannon Jones (81-84: 165)
T94 – Quinn Fitzgerald (83-85: 168)
T101 – Melanie Murchison (87-80: 169)
T109 – Nicole Gargarella (87-84: 171)