Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East H.S.) carded a collegiate best round of 69 on Tuesday as Valparaiso wrapped up play in the Butler Fall Invitational with a sixth place finish in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Crusaders shot 299 on the final day of play to finish the tournament at 889, the best 54-hole tournament in program history. Valpo finished just three shots out of fourth place in the event while Evansville was crowned team champion shooting 842, 10-under par.
Henning’s 69 on the 6,646-yard, par-71 layout at Eagle Creek Golf Course marked the third under par round of the tournament for the Brown and Gold. He concluded play as Valpo’s top finisher for the tournament in 22nd place at nine-over par 222.
“Kyle played well today with his 69,” head coach Mike Hidgon said. “He is the third different player for us already this year to record a round under par and we have only played four events.”
Thomas Wettstein (Neenah, Wis./Xavier H.S.) added a 74 on day two while Austin Gaugert (Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger H.S.) shot 75 for the Crusaders. Gaugert finished the tournament at 224 while Wettstein trailed him by one shot.
Brad Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward H.S.) added an 81 to finish with Wettstein at 225 while Josh Kalita (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) carded an 84 to finish at 236.
“Overall it was a pretty disappointing day for us,” Higdon added. “Any day that we have to count a round in the 80s is bad for us.”
Evansville’s Michael Sainz cruised to the individual title with a 12-under par total of 201 (66-66-69).
Valparaiso will return to the links next Monday and Tuesday for the Tennessee-Martin Invitational in Martin, Tenn.