Senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) received an honor never before bestowed upon a member of the Valparaiso University men’s golf team on Saturday evening at the Horizon League Banquet preceding the Horizon League Championships, which begin on Sunday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Webb was named the league’s co-Player of the Year alongside Wright State’s Ryan Wenzler, becoming the first Valpo golfer to receive Player of the Year honors. Webb was also a member of the all-league first team, while teammate and fellow senior Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio / Carroll) earned a place on the all-league second team. Both Webb and Seitz receive all-league recognition for the third consecutive year. The Valpo men have been represented on the all-league team five straight seasons.
The Crusaders were also represented on the all-league second-team on the women’s side, as senior Angie Kim (Schaumberg, Ill. / Fremd) achieved that feat. Kim became the first member of the Valpo women’s team to capture all-league honors since Michelle Kleckner in 2014.
Webb bookended a successful Crusader career with prestigious league accolades, bursting onto the scene as the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2014 before finishing strong as the co-Player of the Year this season. He leads the team in scoring average at 73.00 in 34 rounds.
"When you look at the body of work that Pete and Nick have accomplished all four years with our program and namely this past year, it is quite exemplary," Valpo head men's golf coach Dave Gring said. "The fact that the both of these guys currently hold all 15 of our team and individual records is amazing. The team and I are very proud of our two captains and the leadership that they show both on the golf course and in the classroom."
Webb has won two Horizon League Golfer of the Week awards this season and six in his collegiate career. His most recent honor came this week after he placed third of 85 at Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational in Muncie after carding a 209. The highlight of his season came at Indiana University, when he took medalist honors by tying an 18-hole school record with a career-low 65. Since the Valpo men’s golf program resumed in 2009, there have been 23 rounds of 68 or lower. Webb owns over half (12) of those rounds.
Seitz ranks second on the team in scoring average at 74.61 in 18 rounds. He injured his lower back in spring 2016 and did not play in any events in the fall. His return to the course this spring has been a successful one.
Kim finished the Fort Wayne Classic in eighth at 232 this year, helping Valpo to a program-record 54-hole team score of 319. She leads the team in scoring average at 79.55 in 20 rounds. Kim, admired by coaches and teammates for her leadership ability, posted her best individual round of the season on April 2 at the Fort Wayne Classic with a 74.
The 2017 Horizon League Championships tee off on Sunday morning in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Links to live scoring for both the men and women are available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Women’s Golf Co-Players of the Year
Sarah Thompson, Detroit Mercy
Morgan Smith, Oakland
Women’s Golf Freshman of the Year
Reva Morris, Youngstown State
Women’s Golf Co-Coaches of the Year
Alyssa Gaudio, Oakland
Nate Miklos, Youngstown State
Women’s Golf First Team All-Conference
Kaylee Neumeister, Freshman, Cleveland State
Sarah Thompson, Senior, Detroit Mercy
Fiona Schmidt, Junior, Oakland
Morgan Smith, Senior, Oakland
Reva Morris, Freshman, Youngstown State
Women’s Golf Second Team All-Conference
Sophie Kelner, Junior, Cleveland State
Avery Steen, Senior, Green Bay
Sarah Kellam, Senior, Northern Kentucky
Ryleigh Waltz, Senior, Northern Kentucky
Angie Kim, Senior, Valparaiso
Men’s Golf Co-Players of the Year
Peter Webb, Valparaiso
Ryan Wenzler, Wright State
Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
Scott Sparks, Detroit Mercy
Men’s Golf Coach of the Year
Steve Weir, Cleveland State
Men’s Golf First Team All-Conference
Patrick Luth, Senior, Cleveland State
Kyle Gaines, Senior, Detroit Mercy
Jacob Poore, Sophomore, Northern Kentucky
Peter Webb, Senior, Valparaiso
Ryan Wenzler, Senior, Wright State
Men’s Golf Second Team All-Conference
Anton Krecic, Sophomore, Cleveland State
Joe DuChateau, Senior, Green Bay
Jake Kneen, Junior, Oakland
Nick Seitz, Senior, Valparaiso
Austin Sipe, Senior, Wright State