During Tuesday’s final day of competition, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team will look to close out a team title as the Beacons are atop a 17-team field at the program’s annual home tournament, the Valpo Fall Invitational. A pair of Valpo players are tied for the top spot in a 99-player field as Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) and Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) are battling for individual medalist honors at the event, which is hosted at the par-72, 7082-yard Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Ind.
The teams played the first round and the majority of the second round on Monday before play was halted due to darkness. The remainder of the second round will be finished on Tuesday morning before the final 18 holes commence.
How It Happened
- As a team, Valpo sits at three under, owning a 12-stroke lead on second-place DePaul at +9.
- VanArragon finished with a Round-1 score of 69 (-3) before concluding the day at four strokes under par with Round 2 in progress.
- Delisanti posted a 70 (-2) in Round 1 before finishing the day at four strokes under par. He and VanArragon are trying to hold off four players who are tied for third at two under for the top two spots on the player leaderboard.
- The third-best Beacon on the first day of competition was Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel), who turned in a +2 out of the No. 5 spot in the lineup. The sophomore posted a 72 (E) in the opening round and finished the day tied for 13th.
- All five members of the Valpo lineup are in the top 20 as Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) and Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) round out that group at t-18 (+4). Kostouros used 73 strokes in Round 1, while Bonn checked in at 74.
Inside the Round
- The team’s Round-1 score of 284 is a mark that would have cracked the top-10 in modern program history at the start of the season, but that mark is now tied for 11th after a 282 in Round 2 of the Island Resort Intercollegiate, a mark that ranks tied for fourth in modern program history.
- The 18-hole team score of four under in Round 1is tied for ninth in program history in 18-hole team score in relation to par.
- Valpo leads the tournament in par-4 scoring at 4.13 and finished the day second in the field on both par-3 (3.11) and par-5 (4.62) holes.
- The Beacons racked up 32 birdies, the second most among competing teams. VanArragon (8) and Delisanti (7) combined for 15 of the 32.
Valpo and the other teams that still need to finish the second round will begin play at 8 a.m. CT on Tuesday at Sand Creek CC in Chesterton. That will be followed by the third and final round of the event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.