The Valparaiso University women’s golf team participated in the Crusader-Jaguar Challenge this weekend and went 1-2 in the match play event. The Crusaders started the event with a victory over Horizon League foe Detroit Mercy and also put together a strong performance in a loss to Big East rival Butler. On Monday, senior Sydney Shrum (Cloverdale, Ind. / Cloverdale) earned a win in her final collegiate tournament.
How It Happened
- The Crusaders topped the Titans in the first round thanks to wins by Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) at No. 2, Madison McCreary (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville) at No. 4 and Sydney Shrum (Cloverdale / Cloverdale) at No. 5. The Crusaders prevailed 3.5-1.5 over the Titans.
- Angie Kim (Schaumberg, Ill. / Fremd) drained a 15-feet birdie on the last hole against the Titans to win the hole and halve her match.
- Midway through the match against Butler, the Crusaders were up in two matches, even in one and down in two. However, they ended up falling the Bulldogs 4-1.
- The lone Crusader to come away victorious in Sunday’s match with Butler was McCreary, who upstaged Rachel Gathof at No. 4.
- The Crusaders rounded out the two-day event with a 4-1 loss to Western Illinois on Monday. Shrum provided the lone win for Valpo, getting the better of Ashley Dumler at No. 5. This allowed Shrum to go out in style, as this marked the final tournament of her college career. She went to the last hole and won.
The Crusaders will host match play against Green Bay on Tuesday at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso.