Lawren Rowe shot a scintillating round of 65 and both the University Of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams sit in third-place after a great day of action at the Canadian University Golf Championships in Chilliwack, B.C. on May 30.
After the second day of the four-round tournament taking place at the Chilliwack Golf Club, both of the Vikes teams find themselves firmly entrenched near the top of the leaderboard in third-place.
For the Vikes men, their round of 278 was an incredible 17-strokes better than the 295 that they carded on the opening day of the competition.
“The guys played much better today than yesterday’s round,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “We played the par-five’s much stronger as a team today and our par-five scoring really set us back yesterday.”
The team’s two-day total of 573 sees them jump up three spots on the leaderboard, where they trail only the second-place UBC Thunderbirds (567) and the leaders from the University of the Fraser Valley (555).
One of the main catalysts for the team’s improvement was the play of fourth-year Vike Lawren Rowe. Rowe carded the lowest round of all competitors on the day, completing the par-72 course in just 65 shots.
“I didn’t really make too many mistakes today,” said Rowe. “I put the ball out in front of me, chipped it well, made a bunch of close birdies and it was an easy round.”
Rowe fired in six birdies on the day and also shot an eagle on hole No. 13.
“Lawren was on a roll today,” said Clews. “Not only did he shoot -7, but he also missed three to four additional birdie putts inside 10-feet. He could have shot 62 the way he was hitting it.”
Overall, Rowe moved from 40th to 6th with his strong play today and finds himself just three shots behind the individual leader.
Just two shots back of Rowe in a tie for 12th is Jacob Hayes. The second-year Vike shot a two-under-par round of 70 on the day, including three birdies while also carding an eagle on hole No. 13.
Mike Griffin and Josh Miller are sitting at scores of 146 and 147 respectively after the two rounds of action. Griffin has played consistently with rounds of 73 and 73, while Miller came back from an opening score of 78 to shoot a round of 70 that also included an eagle on hole No. 13.
“Lawren, Jacob, and Josh all eagled 13 but it’s a pretty short par-five,” said Clews. “Eagles’s are out there on the majority of these par-five’s. We will definitely need a few more of those if we want to make a move tomorrow.”
Rounding out the effort on the men’s side is Bruce Tomie who sits in a tie for 67th with a score of 153 through two days of action.
“This course is very score-able,” said Clews. “All of the par five’s are reachable and much like our whole season, we need to execute better on the greens and make more putts.”
Consistency was key for the Vikes women, who remain in third-place after another solid team outing. The Vikes have earned a score of 458 through two days, behind only the second-place Montréal Carabins (453) and the leading UBC T-Birds (445).
“The women have had a good week so far,” said Clews. “They have played really well collectively.”
Third-year Vike Quinn Fitzgerald has been the player leading the charge on the consistency front. Fitzgerald has carded back-to-back rounds of 74, good enough to put her in a tie for second-place individually.
“Quinn really stepped it up with her minus-two back-nine yesterday to close out her round,” said Clews.
Fitzgerald shot 14 pars in her round and sits just five strokes back of the individual lead.
Cadence Hellmann shot 78 in her second day of action and is now in sole possession of 14th-place. Hellmann hit 11 pars in her round and has a two-day total of 155.
Right behind Hellmann are both Rhiannon Jones and Nicole Garagarella, who have put up scores of 157 and 158 respectively after the two rounds of action.
“They will need to put a low number on the board tomorrow if they want to hang with the leaders for the final round,” said Clews of the Vikes women.
That final round will get underway at 7:30 a.m. with Gargarella being the first Vike out on course at 9:10 a.m. For live-scoring of that round and further tournament information, click here.
Men’s Team Standings
1. UFV Cascades (278-277: 555) -21
2. UBC T-Birds (293-273: 567) -9
3. UVic Vikes (295-278: 573) -3
4. Laval Rouge et Or (291-285: 576) E
5. Montréal Carabins (293-288: 581) +5
3rd – VICTORIA (295-278: 573) -3
T6 – Lawren Rowe (75-65: 140) -4
T12 – Jacob Hayes (72-70: 142) -2
T27 – Mike Griffin (73-73: 146) +2
T35 – Josh Miller (77-70: 147) +3
T67 – Bruce Tomie (75-78: 153) +9
Women’s Team Standings
1. UBC T-Birds (221-224: 445) +13
2. Montréal Carabins (223-230: 453) +21
3. UVic Vikes (226-232: 458) +26
4. UFV Cascades (236-223: 459) +27
5. U of T Varsity Blues (234-232: 466) +34