VIU’s golf team is back on the course, sitting in championship contention after the season’s first two tournaments. Kalli Gordon, the M’s only female golfer, leads the PacWest ladies’ individual standings while the men’s team is currently in third place.

Gordon started the season with a second-place finish at the Thompson Rivers University Invitational Sept. 8–9, missing a three-foot putt on the last hole to drop one back of leader Jen Woods of UBCO.

The Parksville native followed up with a victory one week later at the Kwantlen University Invitational, giving herself a two-stroke lead in the standings. Gordon was awarded PacWest’s Female Golfer of the Week following her tournament win.

It was the Mariners’ first individual winner at a tournament since Josh Logan’s first-place finish in Oct. 2010.

The men’s team—consisting of Morgan Deckscheimer, Matt Haddad, Kristian Hrabowych, and Michael Hrabowych— remain behind Camosun and UFV in the overall standings, and sit 11 strokes back of the lead.

Deckscheimer won the men’s division at the TRU Invitational by one stroke with a two-day total of 139. Hrabowych finished one stroke behind Camosun’s Jarred Callbeck for second place at the Kwantlen Invitational.

The Mariners now prepare for their last tournament before heading to Ottawa for the CCAA Nationals later this month. VIU hosted the third event of the year last weekend (results were tallied after the Navigator deadline, visit us online for an update).

In other golf news, the 3rd VIU Golf Classic took place on a sunny Sept. 20 afternoon at Fairwinds golf course in Nanaimo. The annual event, which raises funds towards VIU Athletics, saw Mariner players and coaches act as caddies for the participants. This year’s victor was the RBC Investments team, shooting a 59 for -12.

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