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Valpo Fires School Record 323 in Opening Round at Lost Marsh
Michelle Kleckner lines up her birdie putt on the 11th hole on Monday.  She led Valpo with a 77 in round one. (Ray Acevedo)
Michelle Kleckner lines up her birdie putt on the 11th hole on Monday. She led Valpo with a 77 in round one. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Valparaiso’s women’s golf team continued its strong showing to start the season, setting a new team record after shooting 323 in the opening round of the CSU Cougar Classic held at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind. on Monday.

The Crusaders 323 total puts the Brown and Gold in a tie for sixth place heading into Tuesday’s final round, and betters the old mark of 324 set last week in the Green Bay Invitational.

“We did not play up to our ability today but I definitely think we are in position to catch some teams tomorrow,” head coach Mike Higdon said.  “We gave a lot of shots away with too many doubles and triples.  Where we have positioned ourselves in the field, it is critical not to have that happen.”

Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Mich./Irondale H.S.) led the way for the Crusaders, carding a 77 on the 5,900-yard, par-72 layout.  The freshman is tied for ninth individually after matching her opening round from the first tournament of the season, which marks the best 18-hole score in program history.

“Michelle played well today,” Higdon added.  “She was under par with a 35 on the front side, which is the tougher of the two nines out here.”

Annie Nolan (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) and Kelly Voigt (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.) both shot 81 in the opening round and are tied for 24th place in the 86 player field.  For Voigt, the 81 marks her lowest collegiate round to date.

Brianna Davy (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) carded an 84, also a season’s best, to round out the scoring for the Brown and Gold.  Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) shot 85 while Alyssa Cameron (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw H.S.) posted a 91 in her collegiate debut.  Jessica O’Brien (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) shot a 92 in her first action of the season as well.

IUPUI leads the way at 308 while Butler is second two shots behind the Jaguars.  SIU Edwardsville is in fifth place, four shots ahead of Valpo.  The Crusaders are tied with Dayton and five strokes ahead of Eastern Illinois.

Individually, Michele Nash of Butler leads the tournament at the midway point with a one-under par 71.

Valparaiso will return to the links on Tuesday morning for an 8 a.m. shotgun start to conclude the tournament action.

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