VIU Golfers aim for nationals

September 28th, 2014

VIU golfers aim for nationals

Mariners must make top two in PACWEST division play this weekend to book their ticket to Quebec

Ross Armour / Daily News
September 30, 2014

The Vancouver Island University men's golf team heads to Kelowna this weekend in an "all or nothing" round to get them to the national championships.

The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association title tourney is in Quebec City next month and the Mariners need to make it into the top two in the PACWEST division in order to book a ticket.

The team currently sits third, 12 shots behind the Camosun Chargers of Victoria.

"This weekend we'll head to Kelowna's Okanagan Golf Club in the final of the four league tournaments," said team coach Kevin Oates. "We'll pay Saturday and Sunday and have to be 12 shots better than Camosun to get to nationals."

Oates and his troops will travel to Kelowna Friday and are ready to give it everything.

"We've been training really hard and will practise everyday this week at Nanaimo Golf Club," said the coach. "We'll take five guys who will all play their individual rounds each day. It is the four lowest-scoring rounds each day that go towards the overall accumulation."

Despite being 12 shots behind Camosun heading into the tournament, Oates says that gap is not as large as it seems and can easily be overturned.

"If you think 12 shots divided by four guys over two days, that's one-and-a-half shots per player. It's not unattainable. We've got a really good chance."

Oates does prefer to take the optimistic approach but does understand it is all or nothing for his team.

"We'll talk as a team in the lead up to the weekend. This is as good a chance as a VIU team has had to qualify for nationals in about four years," he said.

"It really is all or nothing and we will add up all the scores at the end of the weekend and see where it takes us. We have a great opportunity in front of us and we have to go out and grab it now."

 

 

The Vancouver Island University men's golf team heads to Kelowna this weekend in an "all or nothing" round to get them to the national championships.

The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association title tourney is in Quebec City next month and the Mariners need to make it into the top two in the PACWEST division in order to book a ticket.

The team currently sits third, 12 shots behind the Camosun Chargers of Victoria.

"This weekend we'll head to Kelowna's Okanagan Golf Club in the final of the four league tournaments," said team coach Kevin Oates. "We'll pay Saturday and Sunday and have to be 12 shots better than Camosun to get to nationals."

Oates and his troops will travel to Kelowna Friday and are ready to give it everything.

"We've been training really hard and will practise everyday this week at Nanaimo Golf Club," said the coach. "We'll take five guys who will all play their individual rounds each day. It is the four lowest-scoring rounds each day that go towards the overall accumulation."

Despite being 12 shots behind Camosun heading into the tournament, Oates says that gap is not as large as it seems and can easily be overturned.

"If you think 12 shots divided by four guys over two days, that's one-and-a-half shots per player. It's not unattainable. We've got a really good chance."

Oates does prefer to take the optimistic approach but does understand it is all or nothing for his team.

"We'll talk as a team in the lead up to the weekend. This is as good a chance as a VIU team has had to qualify for nationals in about four years," he said.

"It really is all or nothing and we will add up all the scores at the end of the weekend and see where it takes us. We have a great opportunity in front of us and we have to go out and grab it now."

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