The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team have had two second-placed and two third-placed team finishes over the past four seasons but they finally reclaimed the Vikes Shootout title today, Oct. 17, on the second and final day at Cordova Bay Golf Course.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Rhiannon Jones
The Vikes women last won the Vikes Shootout in 2012 when Vike Megan Woodland won her second-straight individual title. This year it was a team effort as all five Vikes finished in the Top 10 including team leader Rhiannon Jones who shot a 76 in her second round to finish 13-over par and four strokes back of leader Bethany Bullers from Corban. Bullers shot 77 and 76 in her two rounds to take the overall title with a 9-over par score.
“I’m really proud of the girls today,” said Justin Clews, Vikes golf head coach. “It definitely shows that they can compete. Rhiannon shot 76 today which is really solid and a great score today in that wind.”
UBC’s Rebecca Kuik finished second with a two-round score of 155 (+11). The Thunderbirds, though competing as individuals in the Vikes Shootout didn’t combine to take the highest team score, top three scorers each day counting, towards the Canada West qualifications for the 2018 Canadian University/College Championship, hosted next spring by Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. Joining UBC are Victoria, and Manitoba.
Jones shared the lowest score of the day, 76, with Bullers, and was the lowest scoring Vike, while Cadence Hellman was not far behind with two round of 80 to finish sixth overall. Nicole Gargarella and Hannah Diamond finished tied for seventh after second-round scores of 85 and 81, respectively.
Rounding out the Vikes Shootout results, Corban University finished second thanks to Bullers and team mates Casey Jansen and Jocelyn Dacuag, who finished tied for 13th and 15th, respectively.
“They played really well today,” remarked Clews of the Vikes women. “Again, I think putting kind of hurt us for the most part. We definitely have to spend the next few months in the off season working on our putting. I’m really proud of them though and I’m sure they are pretty happy holding that trophy in that photo.”
Up next the Vikes women will head to Cal State-San Marcos for their last tournament of the fall season, Oct. 30-31, at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, Calif.
1 Victoria (318-322 : 640)
3 – Rhiannon Jones (81-76 : 157)
6 – Cadence Hellman (80-80 : 160)
T7 – Nicole Gargarella (77-85 : 162)
T7 – Hannah Diamond (81-81 : 162)
T9 – Melanie Murchison (80-85 : 165)
T21 – Katie Martens* (88-92 :180)
*Competed as an individual
Vikes Shootout Standings
1 – Victoria
2 – Corban
3 – Manitoba
4 – Arizona Christian
5 – Alberta
6 – Lethbridge
Canada West Standings
1 – UBC**
2 – Victoria**
3 – Manitoba*
4 – Alberta
5 – Lethbridge
**Qualify for 2018 Canadian University/College National Championships