Valparaiso University men’s golf freshman Charlie Toman (Chardon, Ohio / Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) turned in the team’s top score in the third and final round of the Zach Johnson Invitational hosted by Drake in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, moving into a tie with fellow freshman Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) for the 54-hole team lead at 224 (+11).
How It Happened
- Toman finished with the team’s lowest score in two of the three rounds including Round 3 on Tuesday. He carded a 71 to lead the team, three strokes ahead of Willis. The two rookies finished in a tie for 23rd on the overall leaderboard.
- Golfing as an individual, Matthew McCarthy (O’Fallon, Ill. / Althoff Catholic) trimmed 10 strokes off his score from each of the first two rounds to compile a 73 on Tuesday. He was one stroke away from his season best.
- Brett Seward (Aurora, Ill. / Aurora Christian) had his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, posting a 76 to finish at 347, tied for 52nd.
- Sophomore Drew Alexander (McCordsville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) finished in the Top 50 individually with a 234 that placed him in a tie for 46th.
Inside the Round
- Valpo finished 10th in the 12-team field, edging conference foe UNI by four strokes while also placing ahead of Eastern Illinois.
- Bradley won the team portion of the event with an 879, while Loyola’s Tyler Anderson finished at one stroke over par to take medalist honors.
- Valpo finished the tournament at two under par on Par 5 holes, sixth in the event in Par 5 scoring. The team had 51 pars in Round 3, tied for fifth among the 12 teams.
- Willis, Toman and McCarthy had three birdies apiece in the final round. Toman led the team with nine birdies over the three rounds.
Valpo will have next week off from outside competition before rounding out the fall season with the Titans Motown Classic on Oct. 15-16, hosted by Detroit Mercy in Highland, Mich.