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Spring Golf Season Set to Open for Valpo Men
Kyle Henning led Valpo during the fall with a 73.5 stroke average.
Kyle Henning led Valpo during the fall with a 73.5 stroke average.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Valparaiso University men’s golf team is set to open the 2012 spring season looking to build upon a solid fall campaign, looking to ready itself for this year’s Horizon League Championships.

The Crusaders finished in the top half of three events during the fall and had two individuals post a top-five finishes, giving the Brown and Gold a solid foundation heading into the spring.

Sophomore Kyle Henning led the way for Valpo during the fall averaging 73.5 over 11 rounds.  He carded a team-low 68 at the Butler Fall Invitational for first year head coach Dave Gring, and finished third in the season-opening Fossum Invitational hosted by Michigan State.  Henning shaved three strokes off of his freshman year’s average this past fall.

Austin Gaugert, a junior, also saw a dramatic improvement in his scoring average from his first two seasons with the Brown and Gold.  He posted a 73.9 mark over three tournaments and remains the school’s single round record holder after firing a 67 as a freshman.

Brad Winters and Thomas Wettstein averaged 75.0 and 75.1 respectively while playing in all four fall events.  Winters has shown steady improvement in his game over each of his first three seasons at Valpo and posted a top-10 finish at the Butler Fall Invitational last year.  Wettstein, who finished tied for third at Butler at one-over par 211, has taken 1.7 strokes off of his average from his rookie season. 

Andy Webb also played in every event for the Brown and Gold during the fall campaign, averaging 76.7.  A junior, he has taken nearly three-and-a-half shots off of his game from his rookie season two years ago.

Josh Kalita hopes to return to the lineup this spring after an injury forced him to miss nearly all of the fall slate.  A junior, he played in just one event before being sidelined.

Freshmen Joe Harris and Eric Winters both got their first taste of collegiate golf this past fall and will look to make more of an impact moving into the spring season.  Harris played in three tournaments for the Crusaders, firing a low round of 71, while Winters made his debut at the Fossum Invitational.

Junior Andrew Beischel is the final member of this year’s spring roster for the Crusaders.  He did not play during the fall season.

Valpo will open the spring campaign on Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27 at the Butler Spring Invitational in Avon, Ind.  The Crusaders will follow that tournament up with a trip to Western Illinois for the Bea Mussato Invitational.  After a weekend off for Easter, Valpo heads to North Carolina State for the Wolfpack Spring Open before wrapping up the regular season at Ball State for the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. 

This year’s Horizon League Championships are slated for April 27-29, returning to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. for the second straight year.

With so many of the Crusaders dropping their stroke averages significantly during the fall, the improvement among the team has Valparaiso’s sights set on moving up the Horizon League standings this season.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo