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Crusader Women's Golf Finishes Sixth in Jacksonville
Michelle Kleckner paced the Crusaders in Jacksonville.
Michelle Kleckner paced the Crusaders in Jacksonville.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Three seniors on the Valparaiso women's golf team posted top-15 finishes as the Crusaders finished in sixth place at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. on Tuesday.

The Crusaders shot a team round of 327 on Tuesday, 18 strokes improved from Monday's round, to close out the tournament in sixth place in the 11-team field with a score of 672, just five shots out of fifth position. Newberry College took the team title with a score of 649.

Senior Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale) led the way for Valpo, shooting rounds of 83 and 81 for a score of 164, good for a tie for 11th place in the 64-golfer field. Fellow senior Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead) posted the Crusaders' best 18-hole score of the tournament, shooting a round of 76 on Tuesday to finish in 14th place with a 36-hole score of 165, while senior Kelly Voigt (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) was one shot further back at 166 (84-82), tied for 15th place.

Sophomore Sibil Gill (Kokomo, Ind./Western) improved by four strokes on Tuesday, shooting rounds of 92 and 188 to finish in a tie for 45th place at 180, while freshman Sydney Shrum (Cloverdale, Ind./Cloverdale) finished one stroke back of Gill, placing 47th with a score of 181. Competing as an individual, freshman Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) recorded rounds of 86 and 88 to finish at 174, good for 33rd place.

Valparaiso returns to action in just under a month, when it makes the short trip to Fort Wayne to compete in the IPFW Spring Invitational.