A round in which they shot 18 strokes over par saw the University Of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team slide down the leaderboard after two days of competition at the NAIA National Championships, hosted on the TPC Deere Run Course in Silvis. Ill.
Sitting on 591 strokes and 23-over par as a team, the Vikes find themselves tied with Holy Cross University for 14th overall. They are eight strokes behind tenth-place Cardinal Stritch, while Coastal Georgia and Dalton State are at the top of the leaderboard at minus-three and minus-two respectively.
“The guys had a tough day and couldn’t really get much going all day,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Unfortunately, we got off to a slow start and lost a lot of ground to the field after our first 9 holes.”
Momentum was hard to come by for the Vikes. They combined for just seven birdies on a course that featured much harder pin placements than the opening round of competition.
“Pin placements were tough today but the wind was down, we just couldn’t get into any rhythm,” said Clews.
Mike Griffin carded the best round on the squad, posting one birdie and just three bogies to finish with a two-over par score of 73. Griffin’s two-day score of 148 has him tied for 62nd individually.
“Ultimately, we didn’t make many birdies as a team today and as a result we couldn’t climb up the leaderboard.”
Moving on in the tournament, the pressure is now on the Vikes as the field will be cut down from 29 to 17 teams after tomorrow’s round.
“We need to capitalize better on our birdie opportunities tomorrow and will look for our seniors to take more of a leadership role tomorrow to help us post a good team score,” said Clews.