VanArragon Wins Medalist Honors in Dramatic Fashion at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
VanArragon Wins Medalist Honors in Dramatic Fashion at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate

Valparaiso University men’s golf fifth-year senior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) added another feat to his ever-growing legacy on Tuesday, winning medalist honors in the 80-player Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, hosted by South Alabama this week at RTJ Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Ala. VanArragon drained a 12-foot birdie on the last hole to edge Oral Roberts’ Rocco Repetto Taylor by one stroke for the tournament title.  

How It Happened

  • VanArragon closed out Round 3 with an 18-hole score of 68 (-3), matching his performance from Monday’s second round. He finished with a 54-hole score of 205 (-8), one ahead of Repetto Taylor, who made a run with a 66 in Round 3 to close the tournament at 206 (-7).
  • Also enjoying a top-10 finish was Anthony Delisanti, who carded a 212 (-1) to tie for seventh. He went par or better in all three rounds including a 71 (E) over the final 18.
  • The third-best Valpo score in Round 3 came from Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) at 76, while freshman Adam Melliere (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville) was third on the team for the tournament at 220 (+7).
  • As a team, Valpo finished fifth of 14 at 865 (+13) including a Round-3 score of 292 (+8). Texas State took the team title at 843 (-9).

Inside the Rounds

  • VanArragon’s win represented his 15th career top-2 finish and his 23rd career top-5 finish. This was his 33rd career top-10 finish.
  • This marked VanArragon’s third medalist trophy in 2023-24 and first this spring. He won each of the first two tournaments of the fall docket. He won medalist honors for the fifth time in his collegiate career.
  • VanArragon posted his fourth tournament score of eight under or better out of six 54-hole tournaments this season and the team’s sixth such showing (two from Delisanti). Prior to this season, there had only been six 54-hole tournaments in modern program history (since 2009) of eight under or better.
  • Delisanti turned in his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
  • VanArragon drained 14 birdies, the second most in the tournament field.
  • Delisanti had the best par-4 scoring in the tournament at 3.91, while VanArragon led all players in par-5 scoring at 4.22 and tied for the best par-3 average at 2.83.

Up Next

The Beacons will participate in the Golfweek/AGT Intercollegiate beginning on Monday, April 1 at True Blue Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C.