A pair of Valparaiso University women’s golfers turned in sub-80 scores on Tuesday as the Beacons closed out the 2021-2022 season with the final day of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, hosted at the par-71, 5830-yard Greenbriar Country Club in Kirkwood, Mo. Kelsey Eichenauer (North Manchester, Ind. / Manchester) turned in the team’s top score, followed closely by freshman Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills).
How It Happened
- Eichenauer picked a good time for the best round of her collegiate career, carding a career-low 78 on the final day of the MVC Championship.
- Fay also went sub-80 on the final day of the season, turning in a 79. She was the top Beacon on the player leaderboard as a rookie, carding a 54-hole score of 244 to finish at t-32.
- Senior Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) closed out her collegiate career with an 84 on Tuesday, finishing the event at 250. She finished 41st in the field.
- Tuesday marked Valpo’s best day of the three-round event, as the team trimmed 10 strokes off its Round 2 score with a 327 in Round 3 to finish at 1,005 for the tournament, 10th in the team standings.
Inside the Round
- The team finished the season with a scoring average of 323.77, the fourth-best in program history. This was a significant improvement from last season’s team scoring average of 337.88.
- Fay boasted the best scoring average on the team during her freshman season at 80.96.
- Fay was incredibly close to cracking the top 10 in program history in single-season scoring average, but finished just outside of that list. She carded a season scoring average of 80.96, while Kelly Voigt (2013-2014) ranks 10th in the Valpo record book at 80.95.
- Hodson closed out her collegiate career with a career average of 81.96. That represents the fifth-best career scoring average in program history as she bumped Erika Pfaender (2010-2014, 81.97) out of the top five.
- At the end of her junior season, Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) holds a career scoring average of 82.96 that ranks 10th in program history.
Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy
“Kelsey played great today. I’m very proud of the whole team. They have worked really hard this year.”