Valparaiso’s men’s golf team is currently in 10th place in a 17-team field through Saturday’s opening round of the Wolfpack Spring Open held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.
The Crusaders fired an opening round 309 on day one of the 36-hole event, two shots ahead of Louisiana-Monroe. Valpo trails eighth place Troy and Francis Marion by just two strokes and are five shots out of sixth place. Lamar leads the field after shooting an opening 292, two strokes ahead of host North Carolina State and East Carolina.
Josh Kalita (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) and Brad Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward H.S.) paced the Brown and Gold in the opening round, each firing four-over par rounds of 76 on the 7,358-yard, par-72 layout. Thomas Wettstein (Neenah, Wis./Xavier H.S.) added a 78 in the first round while Andy Webb (Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence H.S.) and Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East H.S.) each carded 79s on Saturday.
Lamar’s Luke Jerling, Loyola’s (Md.) Jay Mullen, and North Carolina State’s James Chapman lead the individual standings, each firing an opening round of one-under par 71.
Sunday’s final 18-hole round will begin at 7 a.m. CDT with the Crusaders teeing off on hole number 10 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:06 a.m. CDT in Raleigh.