The University of Victoria Vikes men’s golf team will not be moving on in to the final rounds of the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship after finishing just below the Top 17 team cut line. The Vikes finished 18th overall after the opening two days of play hosted at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona from May 21-24.
Robin Conlan, a first-year Vike from Berlin, Germany, was the lone Vike that cracked the Top 40 and will move on in to the final two rounds to compete as an individual. Conlan shot 74 and 75 to open the tournament and was tied for 28th heading in to his third round. Vike Josh Miller struggled through the high winds in the opening round to shoot an 84 but bounce back with a 71 on Day 2 to finish tied for 66th.
Vike Josh Miller shot 77 and 82 to sit tied for 94th, while AII Regional Champion Max Murchison carded a 77 and 83. Fifth-year Vike Jake Hamilton wrapped up his last tournament representing Victoria with scores of 85 and 80.
The team’s score totaled 620 to finish 18th overall, while Texas Wesleyan set the bar with a 576 after two rounds to sit on top of the team leader board. Kansas Wesleyan’s Ben Hadden headed in to Round 3 with first spot after shooting an impressive 68 and 70 in the front half of the tournament.
Seventeen teams made the cut and will remain in Mesa for Thursday’s third round, ending the season for 13 teams.
Multiple players from the 13 cut teams will remain in the 40 individuals that will also play on, Thursday morning and afternoon.
Following the NAIA Championship, the Vikes will regroup quickly for the Golf Canada Canadian University/College National Championship hosted in Komoka, Ont. from May 27-30. The roster for Canadian nationals will include Conlan, Miller, Murchison, Morrow and Brandon McManus.