Riding the momentum of capturing a tournament title in their last competitive action, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team used solid scores throughout their lineup to sit in second-place after Day 1 of the Battle at Primm, in Primm Nev., on March 19.
The Vikes men, who played two rounds on the first day of tournament action, rebounded from a rocky round one to claw their way into a tie for eighth after their first day of competition
“Hannah had a personal best as a Vike with five birdies today en route to her 74,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Cadence continued her strong play this season, showing she is a great leader for the women’s team.”
Overall the Vikes score of 306 on a course that is playing long and wide was good enough to send them into the second day of competition with some highly-ranked teams in their rear-view mirror.
They are five shots clear of the No. 5 team in the NAIA from Texas Wesleyan, eight shots ahead of No. 10 ranked Embry-Riddle and ten strokes in front of No. 11 Rocky Mountain College.
With one round left to play the Vikes trail only the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds by two strokes.
“Really proud of the women’s play today,” said Clews. “They can make a really strong statement in the rankings with a good performance tomorrow and they are really looking forward to that opportunity.”
On the men’s side, an opening round of 285 was followed up with an improved score of 280 in their afternoon round.
“Despite an afternoon round with a five shot improvement from the morning, we left a lot out there,” said Clews. “The lakes course here at Primm Valley GC is playing very score-able. I think this is a good wake-up call for our men’s team in a strong field composing of eight of the top-10 NAIA teams.”
As a team the Vikes will need some help to make a big move on the second day of competition, they sit seven shots behind Johnson & Wales University in the battle for seventh-place.
“We need to play better tomorrow and gain at least a spot or 2 to help boost our NAIA ranking,” said Clews. “Pin placements will be trickier tomorrow but we still need to post some sort of team score under par tomorrow to make a move.”
T8th – VICTORIA (285-280 : 565)
T28 – Lawren Rowe (72-69 : 141) +1
T28 – Mike Griffin (72-69 : 141) +1
T34 – Jacob Hayes (68-74 : 142) +2
T40 – Bruce Tomie (74-69 : 143) +3
T54 – Josh Miller (73-73 : 146) +6