The Vikes men and women’s golf team turned in solid performances at the Battle at Primm tournament in Primm, Nevada this past week. The two-day tournament took place at the Primm Valley Golf Course on Mar. 18-19.
The Vikes women finished fourth overall in the team standings led by fourth-year Melanie Murchison. The Calgary native was the most consistent golfer for the Vikes in the tournament, posting rounds of 76 (+4) and 74 (+2) to finish in a tie for third in the individual standings. First-year Sukriti Harjai also had a strong first round scoring a 75 (+3) but a second round score of 81 (+9) dropped her down the leaderboard to 16thoverall.
Rounding out the scores for the women were Rhiannon Jones who shot a 156 (+12) to finish tied for 16th, Quinn Fitzgerald (+15) who tied for 20th and Nicole Gargarella (+16) who finished tied for 22nd.
“The women had a great tournament against a strong NAIA field,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “They continued to hit the ball as well as they have the past few events and based on these results we should remain close to our current NAIA rank of 11th.”
On the men’s side the Vikes finished sixth in the team standings, just one shot behind the fifth place team from Johnson and Wales University in Florida. First-year Robin Conlan once again led the way for Victoria posting a three-round score of 211 (+1) to finish in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings. Right behind Conlan was third-year Vike Josh Miller who finished in a tie for 18th with a score of 212 (+2).
“The men had a great event despite struggling to finish off their rounds on Day 2,” added Clews. “We were able to surpass three teams on the final day of competition including UBC who is currently higher than us in the NAIA rankings. Our tournament was highlighted by Josh Miller and Max Murchison’s round one scores of 67 and 69. The men will now turn their focus to the Desert Intercollegiate starting next weekend in Indio, California.”