Sophomores Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) and Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) both claimed All-Tournament accolades as the Horizon League Championship came to a close Sunday. Seitz and Webb led the way for the Valparaiso University men’s golf team en route to a fourth-place finish.
“It was an exciting day to make a run at it in the final round,” said Crusader head coach David Gring. “Through our first 12 holes, the team was +2, and the guys were playing great. They were playing with great determination and passion – it was fun to watch. We had some doubles and a triple in our last six holes, along with some three-putts – we simply didn’t have enough in the tank to get it done. Those big hole scores and three-putt greens hurt us this entire tournament.”
The Crusaders posted a team score of 310 Sunday in the final round of the 54-hole tournament, giving Valpo a 54-hole total of 920. Valpo finished just three shots back of Wright State for third place and just four strokes behind Oakland for second position. Cleveland State took the team title with a score of 906, while Oakland’s Evan Bowser won a playoff to earn individual top honors.
Seitz and Webb posted matching rounds of 76 on Sunday to finish off the tournament strong. Seitz posted 11 pars in the final round to close the 54-hole tournament with a tournament-high 38 pars, recording a final score of 223, good for third place – just three shots out of a tie for first place. Webb finished off the championship event with three birdies in his round of 76 on Sunday, giving him 11 birdies over the 54 holes – tied for the tournament high. Webb shot a 227 over the 54 holes to finish in sixth position. The pair are just the third and fourth Crusaders to earn Horizon League All-Tournament accolades since the program’s resumption.
“Nick and Pete both played very solid throughout the tournament,” said Gring. “While both guys had some shots they wish they could have back, there were many more good swings and course management decisions. This course is a real test for all of the players and our two sophomores played very well.”
Senior Eric Winters (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) finished out his career with a round of 78 on Sunday, giving him a three-round score of 233, good for a share of 14th place. Fellow senior Joe Harris (Washington, Iowa/Washington) shot an 80 in his final round as a Crusader and finished the Horizon League Championship with a 54-hole score of 237 to tie for 21st place. Redshirt junior Jared Magoline (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac [Marquette]) was disqualified from the final round for a rules violation, erasing a score of 74 over the final 18 holes.
“The disqualification with Jared was unfortunate, especially with the terrific round that he posted,” said Gring. “Every round and every tournament is a learning experience, and we had to learn one of the rules the hard way. Jared handled all of that experience very professionally.”
Seitz closed out the 2014-15 campaign having set a new program record for single-season scoring average, posting a mark of 73.74 over 27 rounds this season. Webb registered a 74.25 average to move into second on Valpo’s single-season chart as well, while Winters made it a clean sweep of the top three spots on the single-season chart with a 74.48 average in his final year. As a team, the Crusaders set a new single-season record as well, slicing three shots off the previous record with a new mark of 296.2.
“I’m proud of our entire team and the work ethic they displayed all year,” said Gring. “The leadership of our two seniors and captains – Eric Winters and Joe Harris – was exemplary. It’s always tough to close the competitive season, but this team accomplished a lot this year.”