Senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) enjoyed the most memorable weekend of his collegiate career at the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, becoming the first Crusader to win medalist honors since September 2014. Webb had a five-stroke lead entering Sunday’s final round, and posted a 73 in the final 18 holes to finish the event with a first-place 54-hole score of 206 (-7), three strokes ahead of Charlotte’s Matty Lamb, who finished second.
How It Happened
- Webb’s 73 on Sunday followed a glowing performance on Saturday’s first day of competition. He established a career high and equaled a program watermark with a 65 in Round 1, then followed with a 68 in Round 2. That put him in position to hold on for the first-place finish in a 78-player field.
- As a team, the Crusaders climbed from 12th to ninth on Sunday. They posted their best round of the tournament with a team score of 292 to finish at 881 over three rounds.
- Senior Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio / Carroll) had the best Round 3 performance of any Crusader, stroking a 71 to finish at 222, tied for 46th.
- Michael Doherty (Lisle, Ill. / Naperville North) and Adam Baracani (Normal, Ill. / University) both had their best rounds of the event on Sunday as they each posted 74s. Doherty finished at 227, good enough for 60th, while Baracani was at 229, tied for 62nd.
- Jeremy Wu (Medford, Ore. / St. Mary’s) finished in a deadlock for 70th at 232 after posting a 78 on the event’s final day.
- Matthew McCarthy (O’Fallon, Ill. / Althoff Catholic) golfed as an individual and placed 77th at 235 after carding an 80 in Round 3.
Inside the Rounds
- Webb became the first Crusader to take medalist honors since Zach Cutler won the CSU Cougar Classic on Sept, 23, 2014. That event had a field of 42 golfers, while Webb came out on top among 78 participants this weekend in Bloomington. Before Cutler, Valpo hadn’t had an individual event winner since 2012.
- Webb’s 206 marked a career watermark and matched the 54-hole program record set by Seitz at the Golfweek Program Challenge in September 2014. The record book began when the program resumed in 2009.
- The seven strokes under par ranked third in program history for a 54-hole event. He was one stroke away from his personal best set in October 2014 at the Firestone Invitational, when Webb went eight under to rank second in program history.
- Webb led the event in Par 4 scoring at 3.79 and in birdies with 17.
- Baracani posted an eagle for the Crusaders, one of six eagles in the event.
- As a team, the Crusaders moved ahead of IUPUI, which finished two strokes behind Valpo, in 12th. They also leapfrogged Evansville and Oakland, who tied for 10th, one stroke in back of Valpo.
- The Crusaders finished ahead of all three fellow Horizon League schools who participated in the event.
- Charlotte won the team title at 841, 14 strokes ahead of second-place Indiana.
Thoughts From Head Coach Dave Gring
"It's important to our team to have improvement in scoring as we progress through each of the three-round tournaments. We closed with our best 18-hole total of the tournament, along with 15 birdies and one eagle. The balance in scoring was improved today and this still needs to improve for us as we progress through these spring tournaments."
"Nick, Michael and Adam all finished the tournament with their best round today. It was good to have four scores at and under 74 and we need to have this type of production during all three rounds."
"It was a special day for Pete and for his parents and brother to be able to watch and enjoy the individual victory was tremendous! Peter drove the ball well all weekend, hit a lot of greens in regulation and got the ball close to the hole. When you combine that type of ball-striking and making a number of putts from 10-15 feet, it was the right combination for scoring low. Peter has worked on his game very diligently this spring and it is really paying off for him at this time."
The Crusaders face a quick turnaround as they make their way to Dayton, Ohio for the Wright State Invitational, which begins on Monday at Miami Valley G.C.