Final day performance critical for Vikes golfers at Canadian championship
The final qualification round of the Canadian University/College Golf Championship wrapped up today, May 31, setting the stage for the fourth and final day for the University of Victoria Vikes men's and women's golfers. The Vikes women shot a collective 242 to sit tied for second place with Toronto. The Vikes men struggled in their third round and dropped back to sixth place after a 302 team score on Day 3.
The Vikes women were led by fourth year Laura Ferreira who closed off her second round this morning with a 76 and followed up with an 80 on her third round in the afternoon. Ferreira is tied for fifth overall and sits at +23 (239) entering the fourth and final day. Vike Hannah Diamond is tied for 11th after a third round of +13 (85) and a three-round total of 249.
"The women struggled a bit this morning to finish off their second rounds," said Vikes head coach Justin Clews about the women carding a 242 score through their second round that was split over two days. "The girls battled hard for their third round but didn't have enough to make a push for the lead."
"On a positive note Nicole had a nice round today shooting a 78. Our game plan for tomorrow is to post a solid team score to cap off the season on a high note."
Vike Quinn Fitzgerald carded three birdies on the front nine to finish with an 84 today and a three-round score of +35 (251). Nicole Gargarella had her best round of the tournament so far after she shot par on 11 holes to finish +37 (253) entering the last day.
The Vikes are well back of women's leaders UBC who are at an impressive +41 (689) thanks to defending champion and Thunderbird Kat Kennedy who leads the field with a +8 (224).
On the men's side the Vikes are in sixth place overall after a three-round team score of +59 (911). Third-year Vike Lawren Rowe leads all Vikes as he sits second in the individual standings after shooting +1 (72) today to sit +4 (217) entering the final round of play. Rowe trails UBC's Evan Holmes whose 70 today puts him in the lead by three strokes at +1 (214).
"The guys came up a bit short today and weren't able to get that team score to put them at or near the lead," said Clews of the men who were ranked first on the opening day of the tournament. "Although most of the guys had decent starts through the first nine holes, we weren't able to capitalize on the back nine and just fell a bit short."
"We still have a chance to win on the team side tomorrow and the conditions are supposed to be very windy. When it gets windy anything can happen and 14 shots back isn't out of question. Individually, Lawren played very steady today and is in a good position to battle out the individual title."
Mike Griffin posted the next lowest score for the Vikes, currently tied for 12th, after a third-round score of 76, while Bruce Tomie shot a 78 and sits tied for 38th. Vikes Alex Cartwright and Jake Hamilton shot 76 and 84, respectively, today.
Following today's third round the Vikes now advance as one of the top 10 male and top six female teams after 54 holes. 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.
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6 Victoria (MEN) 297-312-302 : 911 (+59)
2 - Lawren Rowe 71-74-72 : 217 (+4)
T12 - Mike Griffin 72-77-76 : 225 (+12)
T43 - Bruce Tomie 76-79-78 : 233 (+20)
T89 - Alex Cartwright 81-86-76 : 243 (+30)
T92 - Jake Hamilton 78-82-84 : 244 (+31)
T2 Victoria (WOMEN)* 248-240-242 : 730 (+82)
T5 - Laura Ferreira 83-76-80 : 239 (+23)
T11 - Hannah Diamond 82-82-85 : 249 (+33)
T14 - Quinn Fitzgerald 83-84-84 : 251 (+35)
16 - Nicole Gargarella 93-82-78 : 253 (+37)