The Valparaiso University men’s golf team moved into the top 5 in an 18-team field during Wednesday’s third and final day of the par-72, 6989-yard Golfweek/AGT Intercollegiate at True Blue GC in Pawleys Island, S.C. The team was led by Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine), who completed another top-10 finish.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“We had another solid start to the round, playing the first three holes at one under. We didn’t take advantage of the down-wind Par-5 fourth hole, and we ended up playing it at five over. We played the three Par 5s on the front nine at five over, so we again lost some terrific scoring opportunities against the field. One bright spot on the front nine was playing the two Par-3 holes at even par.”
“As we transitioned to the back nine, we played those next six holes at four under. The guys hit a high percentage of the fairways and greens, and we made some quality birdie putts. The 16th hole is a challenging Par-3 and we stumbled through that hole, playing it at four over. We had a couple bad swings on that hole, but the guys bounced back and played the last two holes at one over. Four of our five guys played the back nine at even par, and Caleb was only one over, so that was a strong finish for us.”
“Our Par-3 scoring was great in the first Round, but just average in the second and third rounds. Our Par-4 scoring was excellent and the guys made a lot of good decisions in managing the course on those holes. Our Par-5 scoring was terrible, and we are going to need to make better decisions on the golf course, play more to our strengths and improve our course management. This is an area that I feel we can correct quickly.”
“I’m proud of our team and the effort that they are putting in with our practices and tournament play during the first quarter of the year. This has been a tough part of our schedule, but the guys have brought a great attitude and excellent preparation to every practice and competitive round. We still have a good portion of our spring season left and we are playing better in each event this spring.”
“Caleb continues to have a special spring season for us. He prepares so well for every tournament, and his finishes have improved in each tournament this spring. Six of his nine rounds this spring have been under par and his confidence continues to build in each event. His ball-striking has been exemplary and he will make even more birdies as the season progresses.”
Valpo will face off with DePaul in the Demons vs. Beacons Challenge, which will take place on Monday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at Flossmoor CC in Flossmoor, Ill. This will be a 27-hole event.