The Valparaiso University men’s golf team returned to action on Friday for the first 18 holes of the Air Force Falcon Invitational, held at Eisenhower Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. Freshman Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) led the way with a first-round score of 72, shooting even par.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“Our ball-striking was very solid today, with the guys hitting a lot of fairways and greens in regulation. When we missed the greens in regulation, the chipping around the greens was pretty decent. Our struggles today were with the speed of the greens and simply getting the putts to drop. The greens were really running fast and true, so we need to improve on our reads and be better with the speed of our putts tomorrow.”
“Playing at a completely different elevation here in the mountains of Colorado Springs has been an adjustment for us with our distances in approaches to the greens. I feel the guys have done a great job of selecting the correct clubs in their approach shots along with taking into consideration the wind direction. The guys are playing smart and their course management today was really good.”
“Caleb, Garrett and Jack were all steady and solid for us today. They never put themselves in poor situations and their course management with all of the elevation numbers to consider and wind was excellent.”
The 18-team, 54-hole event will continue on Saturday. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.