The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team got off to a good start finishing with the lowest team score and with two players in the Top 3 after the opening round of the Vikes Shootout hosted at Cordova Bay Golf Course on Oct. 15. Second-year Vike Josh Miller and first-year Andrew Bruce finished first and third, respectively, after the opening day.
“Josh has really solidified his spot as our top player,” said Justin Clews, Vikes golf head coach. “Andrew stepped it up today as a first-year and played really steady with a lot of pars and a few birdies. He didn’t make any big mistakes out there.”
The Vikes men are currently in first place with a Round 1 team score of 291, while the UBC Thunderbirds, led by Logan Carver, are in second with 302. Carver shot 72 to sit fourth overall in the individual standings.
“The course was playing pretty tough today with the pin placements,” described Clews of the Cordova Bay Golf Course. “Unlike previous years the course is playing a bit longer, which is why overall the scores are higher. The weather was perfect though This is the best year that I can recall in recent years that we got to play with no rain. The course was in awesome shape and the grounds crew had the greens rolling smooth and fast.”
First-placed Miller hit five birdies and shot par on 10 holes, while third-placed Bruce carded four birdies today. First-year Vike Robin Conlan shot 75, while Jake Hamilton (76) and Brandon McManus (79) rounded out the Vikes’ team scoring. Four individuals also competed at the event for Victoria including Jacob Hayes who shot 75 to finished tied for eighth.
“Overall as a team I am pleased with the performance particularly with the tough start we have had this year,” said Clews, referencing last week’s 19th place team finish at the Western Washington Invitational. “Today we were able to post a respectable team score and that was highlighted by Josh’s 69 and Andrew’s 71.”
“We started slow out of the gates though and we teed off on the more difficult nine, with holes 10 through 12 being more difficult starting holes. After the tough start they settled midway through their rounds and finished off strong, which is important because we haven’t been able to finish our rounds lately.”
Corban University finished third in the team standings, tied with Ottawa University from Arizona with team scores of 305. Ottawa’s Carter Lewis shot even par-70 to finish second overall, behind the VIkes’ Miller.
The Vikes Shootout also serves as the Canada West qualifying tournament for the Canadian University Golf Championship, hosted by Laval and held in May 2019 in Quebec.
The second and final round of the Vikes Golf Shootout will tee off tomorrow, Oct. 16, from 7:41-9:46 a.m. with the men teeing off Hole 1.
Victoria Vikes Round 1 Results: