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Crusaders Third Midway through Inaugural Valpo Invitational
Kelly Voigt chips to save par at number one on Monday.  She matched a school record with a four-over par 76.
Kelly Voigt chips to save par at number one on Monday. She matched a school record with a four-over par 76.
Brianna Davy tees off on eight on her way to a 79.
Brianna Davy tees off on eight on her way to a 79.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hosting a women’s golf tournament for the first time in program history, Valparaiso turned in a stellar opening round of 320 on Monday to finish the opening 18 holes of the Valpo Invitational in third place out of a field of 13 teams at the Course at Aberdeen.

The Crusaders round of 320 ties the third best 18-hole score in program history and is tied for second in relation to par (+32) all-time.  Butler holds the lead at the midway point after shooting 312 while Bethel (Ind.) is just two strokes ahead of Valpo at 318.  IUPUI and Loyola are two shots behind the Brown and Gold at 322.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” head coach Mat Blair said after the round.  “We’re definitely headed in the right direction.  We hope to play one shot at a time again tomorrow and see where we end up.”

Kelly Voigt (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.) led the way for the Crusaders matching a school record after carding a four-over par 76.  The sophomore opened her round with nine straight pars on the front nine after starting on hole number one, and added a late birdie on 17 to cap her round.

Voigt shares the school record with teammate Brianna Davy (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.), who posted a 76 last October at the Butler Fall Invitational.  Today, Davy turned in the team’s second best score, firing a 79 on the 6,151-yard, par-72 layout and is tied for 10th place heading into the final round. 

A pair of birdies, including one on number one, her final hole of the day, helped Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale H.S.) finish with an 81 and is tied for 20thErika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) added an 84 to round out the Crusader scorers on the first day of play in the 36-hole event, and enters Tuesday tied for 36th.

Jessica O’Brien (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) matched her collegiate best with an 85 on Valpo’s home course.

Three Crusaders also are playing in the as individuals.  Freshman A.J. Selig (Hortonville, Wis./Appleton West H.S.) carded an opening round 85 while Alyssa Cameron (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw H.S.) added a 97 for the Brown and Gold.  Kathleen Cooper (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) shot 105 in round one.

Butler’s Michele Nash shot even par 72 and holds a three stroke lead over IUPUI’s Jordan Woods for the individual crown.  Voigt is tied with Melanie Day of Bethel (Ind.) for third heading into the final round.

Play will resume on Tuesday morning at the Course of Aberdeen for the final round of play.  The shotgun start will begin at 9:30 a.m.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay