The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the 2016 spring season in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders finished the two-day, 54-hole tournament in 13th place at the Bash at the Beach, held at The Surf Golf and Beach Club.
“We certainly had some positive takeaways from the tournament that we can build on right away,” said Crusader head coach David Gring. “I was pleased with our preparation and golf course strategy, coming into the 54-hole tournament. Our conditioning and strength training over the winter months had us physically fit for the two-day tournament, coming off of five months of no rounds of golf. Lastly, we had some excellent individual performances from a few of our guys.”
Junior Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) led the way for a second straight day for the Crusaders as he shot a round-three score of 74 (+3) on Tuesday, finishing with a total of 213 (E). Seitz finished in 14th place overall, just eight shots off the lead.
“Nick's short game and ball striking were very sharp the entire tournament,” said Gring. “He is playing with a lot of confidence this early in our spring season and we are excited to see a lot of good golf from him.”
Junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) also shot a 74 (+3) during the final round, giving him a three-round score of 225. Right alongside Webb was senior Jared Magoline (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac [Marquette]), who finished Tuesday with a 75 (+4) to also close the 54 holes at 225.
Senior Matt Ward (Plainfield, Ill./South) and freshman Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna) rounded out the Crusaders’ five-man team, shooting rounds of 77 and 78, respectively, on Tuesday. Playing as an individual, sophomore Michael Doherty (Lisle, Ill./Naperville North) shot a round of 72 on Tuesday and finished the three-round event at 220, good for a tie for 39th.
The Crusaders shot a team score of 300 in the third round, giving them a 54-hole score of 888 - just eleven strokes behind 10th-place George Washington.
Next up for Valparaiso in two weeks will be the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate in Springfield, Mo. Live scoring will be available at valpoathletics.com.