The Valparaiso University women’s golf team broke the program record for team score in a 54-hole tournament as the Crusaders closed out the Golfweek Program Challenge from Caledonia G.C. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 15th place on Tuesday.
How It Happened
- The Crusaders continued their consistent team play on the final day of the three-day tournament, shooting a 315 in the final round to best each of their first two rounds by one stroke apiece. Valpo’s three-round total of 947 broke the program’s previous 54-hole scoring record of 950.
- Leading the way Tuesday and overall for the Crusaders was junior Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn). Willenbrink carded a 74 in the final round, just one stroke off of her career best and the Crusaders’ best round of the tournament. The junior finished the tournament with a three-round total of 230, good for a tie for 34th
- Freshman Kayla Krueger (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) closed out the tournament with a round of 81, with her total of 236 good for a tie for 48th Senior Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) recorded her best round of the event on Tuesday, shooting a 79 to finish in a tie for 59th with a 241 total.
- Rounding out Valpo’s five-player team were sophomore Kylie Shoemake (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) - who shot a final-round 83 to close out the tournament at 242, tied for 65th place – and freshman Tiffany Curtis (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) – who shot her best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a final-round 81, finishing at 261.
Inside the Round
- The program’s previous best 54-hole tournament score came back at the 2013 Horizon League Championship, where the Crusaders posted a three-round total of 950.
- While the team set the scoring record by stroke count, their total in relation to par (+95) was only third-best in a three-round tournament, as Valpo set that mark at +81 at the 2014 Horizon League Championship.
- Willenbrink’s three-round score of 230 is fifth-best in a 54-hole event individually in program history. In relation to par, she carded a +17, good for seventh on that chart.
- The Crusaders broke their 54-hole tournament record despite not posting a single-round total among the top-10 in program history.
The Crusaders head to the West Coast early next week, as they travel to Pullman, Wash. to compete at the Cougar Cup, hosted by Washington State at Palouse Ridge G.C. The three-round tournament kicks off with 36 holes next Monday, Sept. 19.