The Valparaiso University men’s golf team opened up its first event of the spring semester at a location that brings back fond memories, The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga. The defending Invitation at Savannah Harbor champions were led by Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) in the opening round of this year’s event on Saturday.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“I was very pleased with our ball-striking today. I felt the guys managed the course extremely well and hit a lot of irons close to the pins. Coming off the winter months, you always wonder how the indoor practice is going to translate to the outdoor play. The team did very well hitting fairways off the tee and hitting greens in regulation despite a saturated golf course.”
“We had a lot of looks at birdie and unfortunately, we didn’t putt well at all. Our putting speeds were average at best and there were a lot of birdies that we missed from 5-10 feet. On our last hole of the day, we had two really good looks at birdie from five feet and we didn’t make either putt. The positive to take away is that we know we have a lot left in the tank and we have the ability to make a lot of birdies tomorrow.
“While we still have a handful of holes to complete in our second round, we have a great opportunity to narrow the gap and finish the tournament strong in our final round. The format of this tournament is pretty unique in that all five of our guys are playing together as a 5-some, so they can really encourage each other and get some excellent momentum going. Alex was playing right behind our group, so I could keep a close eye on all six of our players.”
Valpo will complete the second round and play the third round as The Invitation at Savannah Harbor concludes on Sunday in Savannah, Ga. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.