Despite competing without the services of two of the squad’s top three golfers, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team holds the top spot with one round remaining at the Valpo Fall Invitational, which began on Monday with the first two rounds at the par-72, 7054-yard Sand Creek Country Club course in Chesterton, Ind. Fifth-year senior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) pulled away from the rest of the tournament field on the first day of the event, leading a Valpo lineup that played without junior Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) due to illness and senior Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) due to an injury.
How It Happened
Inside the Rounds
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“Over the past few years we have been fortunate not to compete in very many rainy conditions. That wasn't the case today. Throughout the majority of the first round, we had to deal with some pretty wet conditions, keeping the clubs and ourselves dry and working through the adversity of rain starting and stopping. The guys really kept their composure well and they dealt with the wet, muddy conditions well. We made a lot of steady pars, along with some quality birdies. We only had a couple double bogeys in the morning round and the team did a nice job of saving pars around the greens. Grant Norman was playing in the fifth spot and Owen Sander was playing in the third spot for us. Both of the guys gave us solid first-round scores and their ball-striking was excellent.”
“The birdie production during our second round matched the first round. We had a slower start to our second round, but we finished the round with seven birdies in the last four holes. It was a long day on the golf course with 36 holes, but the guys kept their focus very well and finished the round very strong. Adam Melleire was playing in the fourth spot for us and he had his best round of the season, with four birdies and only two bogeys. Owen gave us another solid round at +2 and our team scoring improved three shots in the second round.”
“It's been a lot of fun to watch Caleb VanArragon play golf this fall! His decision making on the golf course is exemplary, his course management is well thought out and his scoring is palpable. He still left a number of birdie putts out on the course and his ball-striking wasn’t his best, but he's playing with a lot of confidence and poise. During the middle of his two rounds, he played even par for 13 holes. His start to the first round and the back nine of the final round were extremely admirable.”
The tournament will wrap up with the third and final round on Tuesday. Tee times will be off the first and 10th tees beginning at 7:30 a.m. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.