Two days of rain couldn’t put a damper on a strong tournament for the men’s golf team, as the Vikes picked up their second victory in two years at the Vikes Golf Shootout.
Andrew Funk, who entered as the two-time defending champion at the tournament, shot two solid rounds to finish tied for third with teammates Bruce Tomie and Lawren Rowe. Funk, Tomie and Rowe all finished with one-under-par 141’s.
“The guys are really meshing well – Lawren and Andrew and Bruce have been consistent to say the least this year,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “They’re making themselves easy to take to every event if they keep playing this year.”
Rowe opened the tournament with the strongest round for the Vikes, firing a two-under-par 69 to finish the day three shots behind leader Evan Holmes from UBC. Holmes shot a spectacular five-under-par 66 on Day 1 and a three-under-par 68 on Day 2 to finish as individual champion.
“I’d say the course was playing three or four or five shots harder today [because of the weather],” said Clews. “Credit to Holmes, those scores were pretty remarkable here and he should be acknowledged for those scores here and the course set up.”
The win helped lift a burden off UVic’s back. Yes, this was a team that opened the year with a win at the Coastal Collegiate Classic, but that wasn’t against UBC. The Thunderbird men have been unstoppable in 2016 but couldn’t put together the team effort needed to win.
“We kind of looked at them as one of the elite teams to beat and now we’re half the time beating them instead of one-third the time,” said Clews. “I think with our performance this week they now realize that we can contend with them quite easily.”
The Vikes had a four shot lead heading into Day 2 and didn’t let up, adding five shots to that total. All four of UVic’s scorers finished in the top six, rounded out by rookie Jacob Hayes. Fifth player Mike Griffin also finished in the top 20, shooting an eight-over-par 150 to finish in 16th.
“If we’re dropping a 73 or 74 or 75 as our high score that usually equates to a top five finish in every event because you’re going to be around par with the other guys,” said Clews of his team’s depth.
“The guys feel if they do that then they can win any event.”
The men’s team is back in action next week, as they leave for California to play in the Cal Stat San Marcos Fall Invitational from October 24-25. UVic will look to take the momentum they’ve gained early in the season into their final event of the calendar year.
Vikes Golf Shootout – Final Scores