Ali Baggott, University of Victoria Vikes
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team have a new look roster but it didn’t stop them from capturing their fourth-straight Vikes Shootout title after two rounds at the Cordova Bay Golf Course on Oct. 16. Third-year Vike Josh Miller shot a 67 on Day 2 to finish 4-under-par, 136 in the tournament to win the lowest individual score by nine strokes.
“I’m really pleased with how well Josh played all week,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “He knows this course well which helped but I just let him do his own thing. He putted really well today and was so composed all week. He was focused and didn’t let a bad hole get to him.”
The Vikes finished with a two-round score of 581 with three of the team-scoring players finishing in the Top 10. UBC finished in second place with a team score of 597 and they were led by Logan Carver who finished tied for fourth.
Corban’s Aaron Seabrook and Ottawa’s Carter Lewis tied for second place with 5-over-par, 145. Seabrook shot 72 in his second round, while Lewis was 70 yesterday and 75 today.
First-year Vike Robin Conlan shot a 71 in his second round to finish tied for fourth overall at 6-over-par. First-year Andrew Bruce finished tied for eighth after a Day 2 score of 77, while Jake Hamilton shot 75 to finish 13th and Brandon McManus shot 82 to finish tied for 31st.
“Robin played really solid today,” added Clews of the 24-year-old from Berlin, Germany. “I was really happy with the scores he posted. He has put a lot of pressure on himself as a first-year Vike but I could tell he was more relaxed today and that translated in to his score.”
The Vikes had four student-athletes competing as individuals and they were highlighted by Jacob Hayes’ Round 2 score of 72. Hayes finished in seventh place overall after carding a 75 and 72 to finish 7-over-par, 147.
“Jacob hasn’t competed for us in our first two events due to injury so it was really good to see him come out of this week and post two respectable scores,” said Clews of the third year. “He is an important component to this team and he is someone that really gives us depth in the team when he is playing well.”
The victory mark’s Victoria’s fourth-straight win of the Vikes Shootout, while Miller becomes the second-straight Victoria men’s individual to win the title following Bruce Tomie’s victory in 2017.
“This is our fourth-straight victory with a pretty new team so that is definitely a positive and in particular after the start, we had with our first two events this year,” added Clews. “The team really needed a tournament result like this to boost their confidence. They know they can be competitive but today was really good to give them a momentum boost for our November tournament.”
The win also crowns the Vikes as the Western Canadian champions as far as qualification goes for the Canadian University/College National Championship hosted in May in Quebec.
Victoria Vikes Final Results:
1 – Victoria (291-290: 581)
1 – Josh Miller (69-67 : 136) -4
T4 – Robin Conlan (75-71 : 146) +6
T8 – Andrew Bruce (71-77 : 148) +8
13 – Jake Hamilton (76-75 : 151) +11
T31 – Brandon McManus (79-82 : 161) +21
Top 3 Team Standings
1 – Victoria (291-290: 581) +21
2 – UBC (302-295: 597) +37
3 – Ottawa U AZ (305-299 : 604) +44
WGOLF: Fitzgerald finishes third as golf women finish runners-up at Vikes Shootout
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team finished second overall at the annual Vikes Shootout that wrapped up its second round Oct. 16 at Cordova Bay Golf Course. Fourth-year Vike Quinn Fitzgerald had the lowest team score after carding a 76 on Day 2 to finish in third overall with a 12-over-par, 156 score.
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“Quinn played really, really solid today,” described David Rands, Vikes womens’ golf coach, about Fitzgerald in her last Vikes Shootout event. “She finished really strong today and I know this year she is on a mission this year. She is working harder and this week she finally got a round out of the way she is playing. She’s been playing so well the last two tournaments but didn’t get a score so after this week this is just a good stepping stone for the rest of the fall and going in to the spring.”
Vikes fourth year Nicole Gargarella, who was second overall after Round 1, finished Day 2 with an 84 to finished tied for seventh and a two-round score of 161. Vike Rhiannon Jones was tied for ninth after improving her first round score by three strokes to shoot 80, while first-year Vike Sukriti Harjai shot an 85 and 84 in the tournament to finished tied for 15th.
“Sukriti is there,” said Rands about the rookie who had nine Top 3 finished last spring and summer in her junior career coming in to her varsity career. “We just need to keep working hard for her to see the player that she is. She is a great player and she just needs to believe she is a great player. It’s still really early and I have full confidence in her.”
The biggest margin of improvement came from Melanie Murchison who improved from her Round 1 score of 91 to card an 80 on Day 2. Murchison finished 17th with a 27-over-par, 183, score to close out the team scoring.
“It was a great come back for Melanie today,” described Rands. “She birded the last hole on nine and really just had a great back nine. She played it so beautifully and showed she is ready That is exactly what we need from her.”
First-year Vike Kathleen Hodgson, competing as an individual, finished tied for 22nd after shooting a 90 and 93 in her two rounds.
The Vikes finished with a team score of 645, well back of back-to-back champions UBC, who finished with an impressive team total of 617. The Thunderbirds were impressive all weekend with a 310 in Round 1 and a 307 in Round 2. The Thunderbirds had all five of their players finished in the Top 6 including Esther Lee and Kate Johnston finishing first and second, overall. Lee shot a 76 in her final round, while Johnston was impressive shooting a 73 in her second round to secure second place.
The Vikes Shootout doubles as a Western Championship and the Vikes will qualify for the Canadian University/College Championship, hosted in May in Quebec by Laval.
Victoria Vikes Final Results:
2- Victori (325-320 : 645)
3 – Quinn Fitzgerald (80-76 : 156) +12
T7 – Nicole Gargarella (77-84 : 161) +17
T9 – Rhiannon Jones (83-80 : 163) +19
T15 – Sukriti Harjai (85-84 : 169) +25
17 – Melanie Murchison (91-80 : 171) +27
T22 – Kathleen Hodgson (90-93 : 183) +39
Top 3 Team Standings
1 – UBC (310-307 : 617)
2 – Victoria (325-320 : 645)
3 – Manitoba (351-345 : 696)