The Viking golfers capped an impressive week with a 175-198 victory over Cornerstone Christian at Briardale Greens on Wednesday, August 13th. The win lifted VASJ’s record to 4-1 on the year.
The Vikings were led by Medalist Patrick Dunmire who finished with a 40 on the back nine at Briardale. His third sandy in a row over consecutive matches on #11 for par gave him a needed lift after a bogey on 10. His back nine included five pars, three bogeys and a double. “Overall his game has been pretty consistent, his driver is pretty straight, but not long, and his chipping and putting have been excellent,” said Coach Dunmire. “It was another solid round. We need that out of our two man.”
Paul Wise was just behind Dunmire firing a 41. Wise opened with two bogeys before a birdie on #12 after he stuck a wedge to a few feet on his third shot on the Par 5. He had chances to go lower but his putter did not cooperate down the stretch. Shooting a 41 without making a putt all day is still some good golf.
Sammy Turk had her best round of her Viking career with an impressive 43. Once again, Sammy is playing from the men’s tees. She has added some length to her drives and she usually keeps in it play. We talked about improvement needed in her putting game, that happened last night as she made several clutch 4-6 footers and a 30-foot bomb on her last hole of the day, Briardale’s #10 for par. “That was fun to watch, that putt on the last was awesome, I was really proud of Sammy. She needs that confidence. She can play.”, said Coach Dunmire.
Liam Brown posted the final score for the Vikings with a 51. He struggled with his swing all day after some range sessions with assistant coach Blackburn. It looked as if he was between the old swing and the new swing and it showed. However, Brown fought through to post a 51. The highlight of his round was a walk in 15-footer on #15 a la Kevin Na of the PGA Tour. “Now that was funny,” said Coach Dunmire, I just won’t say what that putt was for on the hole.”
The Vikings get a needed few days off before another busy upcoming week.
Monday August 17th at Blackbrook – Tri vs. Lake Catholic and Benedictine
Tuesday August 18th at Skyland Pines – Dual vs St. Thomas Aquinas