After a strong fall season, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team teed off the spring slate on Sunday by competing in the first round of the three-day, 54-hole Advance Golf Partners Collegiate at the par-72, 7169-yard Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. The top score by a Beacon came from Owen Sander (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel), who is competing as an individual.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“Today’s rounds had three primary areas that we will be working on and improving for our next two rounds on Monday and Tuesday. First, our putting was very poor. We struggled with the speed of our putts, along with making our four to six-foot putts. Second, our Par-3 scoring was terrible. We played the Par 3s at +16, which is where we lost the majority of our shots to the field. Lastly, we still had too many double and triple bogeys that we need to eliminate to score better.”
“This was our first round of a long spring season and we were rusty coming off four months of no competition – it showed today. The guys have worked hard with our practices this winter, so I’m not concerned and I’m confident that we can bounce back with better rounds over the next two days.”
“Owen Sander played very solid for us today. He hit 16 greens in regulation, which is a terrific accomplishment in the 20-25 mph winds that we dealt with all day. His course management was excellent and the round was really good for his confidence.”
The tournament will continue on Monday with Round 2 of the three-round event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.