The Valparaiso University men’s golf team placed a pair of golfers on the All-Horizon League teams as the league announced its postseason awards Thursday evening, prior to the start of the Horizon League Championship on Friday. Junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) was named a First Team All-League honoree, while classmate Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) picked up Second Team All-League accolades.
"Pete and Nick have played steady for us throughout this entire season and I'm really happy for the two of them and the recognition that they received this year," said Crusader head coach David Gring. "These awards are voted on by all of the head coaches within our league, and it says a lot about the way that they compete on the golf course and carry themselves outside of our tournaments."
Webb earns postseason honors from the Horizon League for the third time in as many years, as he was the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2013-14 and an All-League choice last season. The junior enters the league championship meet on pace to set the program record for single-season scoring average, currently sitting at 73.39. Over his 10 tournaments this year, Webb owns five top-10 finishes – including a pair of runner-up showings at The Firestone Invitational and the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate. He has shot seven rounds of par or better, highlighted by a final-round 66 at The Firestone Invitational.
"Pete has had his best year yet, and he continues to elevate his game every year and in every tournament," said Gring. "His work ethic is tremendous, putting in a lot of practice time everyday. He sincerely enjoys playing golf and I still feel that he has his best golf yet to come. To be voted as one of the top five players in our league is a tremendous honor."
Seitz earned postseason hardware from the league for a second time, as he was also an All-League selection for the 2014-15 campaign. Seitz enters the Horizon League Championship with a 74.45 stroke average, which would rank fourth in a single season in Crusader history. The junior finished tied for fourth place during the fall at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate, and shot a three-round total of 213 at the Bash at the Beach in March to finish the tournament at level par.
"Nick has been very quiet and steady for us all year," said Gring. "He has played at the #2 or #3 position for us most of the year, and he gives us a solid performance in every tournament. Despite his back injury that took him out of our lineup this spring for three tournaments, I'm very happy for Nick and the recognition that he deserves for his performance this year."
"What impresses me the most about these two young men is that they not only play at a high level and with great confidence for our team in basically every event, but they possess real character and they achieve excellent grades in the classroom," said Gring. "Our team is very happy for the two of them and their accomplishments!"
Webb, Seitz and the rest of the Crusaders take to the course at the Horizon League Championship starting on Friday. The three-day, three-round event begins Friday morning from Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. at 7:20 a.m. CT.