The opening round of the Canadian University/College Golf Championship is in the books and the University of Victoria Vikes women and men sit second and ninth, respectively, after a day of mixed results on the course.
The women stole the headlines for UVic on Tuesday, putting together a combined score of 20-over-par to stay near the front of the pack. They enter Day 2 on Wednesday two strokes behind the defending champions, Laval Rouge et Or, and one stroke ahead of third place UBC.
Quinn Fitzgerald led the way for the Vikes. The rookie from Calgary shot a four-over-par 58, carding two birdies on the front nine and another on the back. Teammates Laura Ferreira and Michaela Abey also logged birdies on the day, finishing a five-over-par 59 and 10-over-par 64, respectively. Cadence Hellmann rounded out the group with a 15-over-par 87.
The front nine gave the Vikes some trouble on Tuesday, as they combined for a 13-over-par 121 before cutting six shots off that total on the back nine.
The men had a tough go on Tuesday. Fresh off of a top-ten finish at the NAIA nationals in Illinois, they combined a 15-over-par 303, putting them 25 strokes behind the tournament leaders in UBC. The Thunderbirds continued their recent hot streak, combining for an impressive 10-under-par 278 to give them a 20-stroke lead on the next best team.
Lawren Rowe had the best score for UVic on Tuesday, putting together a solid two-under-par 34 on the front nine on his way to an overall one-under-par 71. Bruce Tomie and Jake Hamilton, competing as an individual, chimed in with four-over-par 76s, followed by Andrew Funk with a seven-over-par 79 andMike Griffin with an eight-over-par 80.
The Vikes combined to go six-over-par on the 14th hole—a par three—as all four counting players scored a bogie or worse. Both Rowe and Tomie registered double-bogies.
The teams will get back at it tomorrow. The first men’s player is set to tee off at 12:30 p.m. PT while the women will get an early start with Fitzgerald leading the way at 8:10 a.m. PT.
All information relating to the tournament, including live results, can be found here.
MEN’S TOP TEN
1 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds -10 278
T2 Camosun College Chargers +10 298
T2 Queen’s University Gaels +10 298
4 University of Fraser Valley Cascades +12 300
T5 University of Waterloo Warriors +13 301
T5 Niagara College Knights +13 301
T5 University of Toronto Varsity Blues +13 301
8 Concordia University Stingers +14 302
9 University of Victoria Vikes +15 303
10 University of Manitoba Bisons +17 305
WOMEN’S TOP TEN
1 Université Laval Rouge et Or +18 234
2 University of Victoria Vikes +20 236
3 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds +21 237
4 University of Toronto Varsity Blues +22 238
5 Université de Montréal Carabins +26 242
6 University of Waterloo Warriors +31 193
7 Western University Mustangs +40 256
8 Queen’s University Gaels +43 259
9 University of Alberta Pandas +46 262
10 Humber College Hawks +52 268
Pos Player Today R1
T6 Lawren Rowe -1 71
T33 Bruce Tomie +4 76
T33 Jake Hamilton +4 76