The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished in a tie for sixth place with a three-round score of 1108 in a six-count-five format at Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational in Muncie on Saturday. Senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) had another strong performance, stroking a 69 on the final day of competition to finish with a three-round total of 209, placing third in an 85-player field.
How It Happened
Inside the Rounds
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
"We came out of the gates pretty slow and we didn't get the start that we were looking for - too many bogeys to start the round. We also had our challenges with the second half of the front nine, but the guys played much better on the back nine, even with the wind picking up."
"While the birdie production was spread fairly evenly across the team today, we still need to convert more of those opportunities on the greens. We had a lot of putts today that we simply couldn't get to fall. I feel the guys are reading the greens well and hitting their marks, but we need to improve more on our speed, getting the ball closer to the hole."
"Pete has played very well for us, namely over the past four tournaments. A T7th, 1st, T3rd and 3rd place finish over those tournaments is a real testament to his ball-striking and his short game. He has been driving the ball straight and long and his short game has been very sharp, with great chipping around the greens and making some good putts. He is playing with a tremendous amount of confidence and that is exciting heading into the conference championship next week."
The Crusaders will next be in action when they participate in the Horizon League Championships beginning on Sunday, April 23 at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.