The UVic Vikes golf teams will be looking to get their season started with a bang when they travel to Oregon to take part in the Coastal Collegiate Classic, September 19-20.
This will be the first event of the season for both the men’s and women’s teams and they will be thrown right into the fire. The Vikes performance in this tournament will be the first indication of where they fit in to the National Association of Intercollegiate Association ranking.
While the NAIA championship doesn’t take place until May 16-19, all sanctioned tournaments that the Vikes enter in starting this weekend will count toward whether they qualify or not.
“All the guys and girls strive to qualify for the NAIA’s because that’s the cream of the crop really,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews.
About the Event
While the Vikes have travelled to Oregon in the past, they normally compete in a spring tournament put on by Corban University.
Rowe, Griffin, Funk and Hamilton were all a part of the Vikes team that won the men’s portion of the tournament that Corban hosted last Spring.
Ferreira, Fitzgerald and Gargarella also competed in Oregon last spring. They helped the Vikes to a third place finish.
The temperature won’t be the only change as the Corban tournament moves from the Spring to the Fall.
The tournament will also be played on a different course, one the Vikes haven’t played on before.
Clews and his Vikes are studying the course online by viewing yardage reports and watching fly-by videos of the holes throughout the week leading up to the tournament to try and familiarize themselves as much as they can with the new course.
“It’s really going to be a new kind of adventure and experience, there’s a lot of uncertainties in terms of what the course will present to us,” said Clews. “It’s important in any event, but particularly on a course that we’re not familiar with, it’s important that we use our time effectively in our practice round.”
Justin Clews, Vikes head coach
“It’s obviously important to get off to a good start. We don’t want to be in the position of having a slow start and then realize that we need to push things to qualify for NAIA championship in May. ”
“This first event is going to be more difficult because we haven’t played there before and we’re not familiar with the setting, but I’m confident that both teams will put together a good performance.”