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A battle-tested roster leads the UVic Vikes men’s golf team into their 2017-18 season, as the Vikes look to qualify for the NAIA National Championship after narrowly missing out last year.

Returning to the team for his final year of eligibility is NAIA PING First-Team All American and member of the NAIA Men’s Golf All-America Team Lawren Rowe, who finished in the top-5 in seven of the team’s nine tournaments last year.

Also returning to the team are fourth-years Mike Griffin and Bruce Tomie, third-year Jake Hamilton as well as second-years Jacob Hayes and Brandon McManus.

“I feel like our team has a lot of depth this year, the most I’ve seen since I’ve started coaching,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews

Griffin earned a spot on the NAIA PING All-Region West Team last season thanks to his solid play throughout the season.

Joining the team are two promising players: Russell duToit and Josh Miller. Miller has former collegiate experience and has impressed Clews with his play during the preseason.

“I’m really excited for this first event in Olympia on Friday and Saturday,” said Clews. “Josh Miller is a great addition to our roster this year and ended up finishing as the low qualifier in our selection rounds to make this event.”

The team will be tested early as they start their season with back-to-back tournaments south of the border. The Vikes will play in the St. Martin’s University Invitational in Olympia Washington, on Sep. 22-23 and then the Western Washington Invitational in Bellingham Washington on Sep. 25-26.

In total the Vikes will play 108 holes of golf over that season-opening four-day span.

“I have high expectations for this first event in Olympia and I know the guys are pumped to get this season started,” said Clews. “We missed this event last year but Lawren, Mike and Bruce have played this course before so we know what to expect.”

Travelling Roster:

Mike Griffin
Jacob Hayes
Josh Miller
Lawren Rowe
Bruce Tomie

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