The Valparaiso University men’s golf team got off to a strong start at the Horizon League Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Sunday. The Crusaders posted a 297 in Round 1 and currently stand in second place in the eight-team event, only three strokes off the pace set by first-place Cleveland State.
How It Happened
Inside the Rounds
Standings – Through Round 1
1 Cleveland State 294 +6
2 Valparaiso 297 +9
3 Oakland 301 +13
4 Detroit Mercy 302 +14
5 Wright State 303 +15
6 Northern Kentucky 307 +19
7 Green Bay 310 +22
8 Youngstown State 319 +31
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
"The championship has three rounds, so we were pleased with a good start in the first round and we won't make any more of it. The guys are playing with a lot of confidence and we will need to work hard again tomorrow."
"We felt good with our plan coming in to the tournament and how to approach each hole on the course. The guys executed shots well today. We still didn't play the Par 3s to our standards and we need to take more advantage of scoring on the Par 5s."
"Mitch and Michael were very steady for us with 14 pars by each of the guys. Both of them putted very well and their chipping around the greens were terrific. With a little more familiarity on the greens from today's round, we will hopefully get some more birdie putts to drop tomorrow."
The Crusaders will continue the Horizon League Championships with Round 2 on Monday at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. A link to live scoring is available on ValpoAthletics.com.