Valparaiso’s men’s golf team moved up two places in the team standings on Sunday to finish in a tie for eighth place at the Wolfpack Spring Open with a 607 total at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C. The Crusaders fired a second round 298, an 11-shot improvement over the opening round.
Valpo finished in a tie with Troy, seven strokes in back of sixth place. Tournament host North Carolina State won the team title at 577 by four shots over Lamar.
Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East H.S.) led the way for Valpo on Sunday with an even-par round of 72 on the 7,358-yard layout. He turned in 16 pars to go along with one birdie and one bogey. Henning finished in a tie for 31st overall with a 36-hole total of 151.
Brad Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward H.S.) led the Crusaders for the tournament, tying for 28th place with a total of 150 after firing a final round 74. Andy Webb (Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence H.S.) matched Winters for the team’s second low round of the day, also carding a 74 to finish at 153.
Josh Kalita (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) finished one stroke behind Webb at 154 after posting a 78 over the final 18 holes. Thomas Wettstein (Neenah, Wis./Xavier H.S.) rounded out the Valpo lineup with an 81 to turn in a 36-hole total of 159.
Lamar’s Luke Juling won the individual title at five-under par 139.
Valparaiso will play in its final event prior to the Horizon League Championships next weekend, competing at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational hosted by Ball State. The 54-hole event will take place Saturday and Sunday in Muncie, Ind.