Rooker Posts Team’s Top Score on Tuesday
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Rooker Posts Team’s Top Score on Tuesday
Cailey Rooker led the team in Tuesday's round.

The Valparaiso University women’s golf team closed out its first tournament of the spring season on Tuesday at the par-71, 6021-yard Jacksonville Beach Golf Course in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The Beacons were led by Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) in Tuesday’s round, while Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) held the team’s top overall score for the tournament.

How It Happened

  • Rooker carded an 80 (+9) to pace the team in Tuesday’s second and final round. She finished the two days with a 36-hole score of 164, tying for 50th.
  • Behind a strong opening round on Monday, Hodson topped the team with a 156 over the two days. She registered a top-20 finish, tying for 17th.
  • Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) finished second on the team with a 36-hole score of 163. She also had the second-best round of any Beacon on Tuesday, carding an 81.
  • As a team, Valpo finished 10th of 13 by stroking an identical team score of 325 in each round for a total of 650. The Beacons finished ahead of Western Illinois, Evansville and Eastern Illinois on the team leaderboard.
  • Host Butler won the event with a team score of 609, edging IUPUI by one stroke. Ally Ross of the Bulldogs earned medalist honors at 140 (70-70).

Inside the Round

  • As a team, Valpo produced 13 birdies for the tournament.
  • Rooker paced the team with five birdies, tied for the second-most in the tournament behind only IUPUI’s Blair.
  • Rooker had four birdies in Tuesday’s round alone, achieving birdies on the third, sixth, 15th and 17th holes, all par 4s.
  • Hodson led the team and finished in the top 10 in the tournament in terms of par-3 scoring average at 3.13.

Up Next

The team’s next tournament will begin on Monday, March 28 at the SIU Diane Daugherty Invitational at Bogey Hills CC in Saint Charles, Mo.