The Valparaiso University men’s golf team turned in a solid opening day at the Hoosier Collegiate, ranking tied for fourth in a competitive, 14-team field in the Easter Weekend event, which is being hosted by Indiana at the challenging par-71, 7265-yard Pfau Course in Bloomington. Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) is once again well positioned for a top-10 finish.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“The Pfau Course is the toughest course that we will play all year. The golf course demands good shots all of the time and it never lets up. It’s a challenge to find birdies, and we certainly had our hands full with the golf course today. The course played almost 7,300 yards and for a Par 71, that’s a lot of golf course. Combined with temps below 40 degrees until late morning, and similar conditions tomorrow, this has been a really good test for us and the guys have been ready for it.”
“One theme that has played itself out for us this spring is starting our tournaments strong. We were leading after the first nine holes today and we finished the first round tied for second place. We knew that one of the toughest stretches of the golf course would be Holes 2-6, and that's where we finished both of today’s rounds. We played those five holes at eight over in the first round and +11 in the second round, so we gave a lot back at the end of both rounds. We had 14 birdies in the first round and we only had nine birdies in the second round, so it was a struggle to get some shots back on the course.”
“I was very pleased with how the team grinded out some quality pars on the golf course all day. They kept playing hard and they stayed focused on each shot/task at hand. The team effort was excellent today, and hopefully we can get some more birdies tomorrow and finish the tournament strong.”
Valpo will continue the Hoosier Collegiate on Sunday with the third and final round. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.