The Valparaiso University men’s golf team kicked off the 2016-17 season Saturday at the Notre Dame Kick Off Classic, finishing in second place over 36 holes at Warren G.C. The Crusaders’ performance was highlighted by the play of junior Zach Cutler (O’Fallon, Mo./Timberland), who easily set a new program record for scoring in a 36-hole event.
How It Happened
Inside the Tournament
Thoughts From Head Coach David Gring
“The team was excited for the start of the season and today's event was an excellent way to get the competitive season underway. The Warren Course is a terrific golf course and I thought the team played well, with most of our players seeing the course for only the second and third time.”
"While the ball-striking was decent, our chipping and sand shots around the green were sharp and that helped us stay in a number of holes. Overall, I was pleased with the course management and I felt we did a nice job selecting high-percentage shots. We need to hit more greens in regulation and get the ball closer to the hole for more birdie opportunities.”
“Zach Cutler played 36 holes for us today with one bogey and six birdies. He was very sharp from tee to green and his short game was terrific all day. He still left a number of good putts out there, but Zach is playing at a high level of confidence and really visualizing what he wants to do with the ball. Zach had a terrific summer of play and I'm not surprised at all in his performance today.”
“We are looking forward to hosting our first home tournament since 2009. The entire team will play in our event and we are looking forward to some quality golf at Sand Creek Country Club.”
Valparaiso comes home to host the Crusader Collegiate next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6-7. The two-day event will take place at Sand Creek C.C. in Chesterton.