It was a victorious day for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team who finished first overall as a team and fourth-year Vike Bruce Tomie was the lowest scoring individual on the final day, Oct. 16, of the VIkes Shootout hosted at Cordova Bay Golf Course. Tomie shot 141 (-1) over two rounds to take the top of the leader board by five strokes.
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This is the second time that Tomie has won the Vikes Shootout. In 2013, his rookie season, Tomie finished first overall alongside his then fourth-year Vike sister Brynn Tomie who won the individual women’s title. The pressure was off for Bruce Tomie, this week, as the Nova Scotia native was competing as an individual, not contributing to the team score.
“Bruce did struggle heading into this event but I am really proud of his play this week,” said Justin Clews, Vikes golf head coach. “He might have benefited a little bit this morning getting out a bit earlier but regardless he still played in the wind like everyone else. To shoot under par for two rounds I think is a really good confidence booster for him moving forward.”
Without Tomie, the Vikes men managed to still take first place. A 10-shot lead in their opening round seemed a necessary cushion after second-round conditions saw an unpredictable finish for most of the teams. Jacob Hayes was the top Vike finishing tied for third after a 75 in his second round and a 147 (+5) score for two rounds.
Conditions were definitely less than ideal as wind and rain plagued all the Vikes men when they started their second round on the back nine on the Bay Course in Cordova Bay.
“I felt the course today was probably playing four or five shots harder,” said Clews of the heavy wind and rain that hit in the afternoon. “Basically the last two-thirds of the round was playing in 40-50 kilometers gusts at times. The pins were tougher today so the wind and the pins made it a lot harder and that was shown in most of the scores today.”
Vike Lawren Rowe shot a 79 today, 10 strokes over his Round 1 performance of 69, to finish with a 148 (+6) and finish in fifth place. Jake Hamilton shot a 77 and finished tied for 11th, while Mike Griffin was tied for 13th and Josh Miller in 16th. Griffin, despite carding a 70 yesterday, shot an 82 to finish with a 152 (+10).
“It’s always nice to finish off a semester with a wind,” added Clews, whose team simultaneously captures the western Canadian title as well. “I still would have liked us to play and score a little better today. Fortunately we had a better round yesterday and that gave us a bit of a cushion heading in to today but you have to look at the positives and we won. From an NAIA stand point we beat two well-ranked NAIA teams, which will bode well for our rankings.”
Arizona Christian finished in second place with Nick Norton as their top player. Norton shot a 73 and 74 to finish 147 (+5). UBC took third place with their top performer being Andrew Harrison, who tied for sixth overall.
The Vikes Shootout wraps up the men’s golf team’s fall schedule and the team will be gearing up for their spring competition including the A.I.I. regional championship and the Canadian University/College National Championship in Abbotsford, B.C. next spring.
1 Victoria (285-309 : 594)
T3 – Jacob Hayes (72-75 : 147)
5 – Lawren Rowe (69-79 : 148)
T11 – Jake Hamilton (74-77 : 151)
T13 – Mike Griffin (70-82 : 152)
16 – Josh Miller (75-78 : 153)
1 – Bruce Tomie*(70-71 : 141)
T18 – Russell duToit* (79-76 : 155)
*Competed as an individual
Vikes Shootout Standings
1 – Victoria
2 – Arizona Christian
3 – UBC
4 – Manitoba
5 – Alberta
6 – Lethbridge
7 – Calgary
Canada West Standings
1 – Victoria**
2 – UBC**
3 – Manitoba**
4 – Alberta**
5 – Lethbridge**
6 – Calgary
**Qualify for 2018 Canadian University/College National Championships