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Valpo Women Finish Fifth to Open Season
Erika Pfaender led the way for Valpo shooting an 82. (Ray Acevedo)
Erika Pfaender led the way for Valpo shooting an 82. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

After rain forced the of the opening round MSU NewWave Communications Classic, Valparaiso’s women’s golf team finally took to the links for the first time this spring on Tuesday, finishing fifth in the rain-shortened event at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray, Ky.

The Crusaders finished at 340, just four strokes behind fourth place Belmont (336).  Tournament host Murray State won the team title at 317 followed by Western Illinois (323) and Austin Peay (326).  Tennessee State was a distant sixth shooting 376.

Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) led the way for Valpo, carding a 10-over par 82 on the 6,017-yard, par 72 layout.  The freshman finished in a tie for 14th overall, six shots off of the pace.

Brianna Davy (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) finished one stroke behind Pfaender with an 83, sharing 18th place with teammate Kelly Voigt (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.).

Jessica O’Brien (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) rounded out the scoring for the Brown and Gold, shooting 92 while Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Mich./Irondale H.S.) carded a 101 in her first round of the spring.

Valparaiso will now have a month off from competition before returning to action March 28 and 29 at the Butler Spring Invitational held in Avon, Ind.

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Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
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Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler