The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team will have recent history on their side when they travel to Salem, OR to compete in the Capital City Match Play tournament, hosted at Creekside Golf Course on March 3-4.
Four of the five Vikes competing this weekend were in Oregon for this tournament last year where the team took on all comers to claim the title.
The match play tournament format is something different for the Vikes who play a vast majority of their tournaments under stroke play rules. In match play, teams are paired up with each other and golfers go head-to-head trying to earn a point for their team. Overall strokes won’t matter this weekend as long as after each hole the head-to-head battle resets with one point up for grabs on each hole. At this event last year the Vikes went a perfect 3-0 en route to their lone tournament victory of the season.
Nicole Gargarella is the top returning player from that tournament last year, the third-year Vike went 3-0 in victories over Simpson University, Oregon Tech and Lewis & Clark College.
Also returning are Melanie Murchison and Hannah Diamond who finished 2-1 at the tournament last year as well as Quinn Fitzgerald, who went 1-1-1.
The Vikes come into the weekend having earned a fifth-place finish at the PLNU Reach in early February. The Reach is the only tournament the team has competed in so far during the second half of their schedule.
Justin Clews, Vikes head coach
“The girls are excited to defend their title, they really enjoyed the tournament last year and the different style of play in match play caters better to our team in terms of not having to be too concerned about what you’re shooting score-wise. It’s a good kick off for March, where we have two more tournaments coming up.”
“In match play if you make a lot of pars, you are going to win a lot of matches. I think where you can really put pressure on your opponents is being sharp in your short game, getting up and down a lot helps. If we can limit ourselves to pars and bogeys than we will do just fine. The girls are excited and confident that they are going to defend.”