The Valparaiso University men’s golf team once again took on the harsh cold conditions at the Miami Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Ohio, closing out the Wright State Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.
The Crusaders, split into two teams for scoring purposes, finished in sixth and eighth place. The Brown team finished the day exactly where it started in sixth place, shooting a team score of 924 through the two-day, three-round tournament after a team round of 302 on Tuesday – seven strokes better than its top round on Monday. The Gold team finished the day where they started as well, also closing with its best round of the tournament – 319 – to finish in eighth place with a team score of 961. Dayton led the field throughout and closed out Tuesday with a team score of 859.
Pacing the Brown team, and placing inside the top-10 overall, was junior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial). Webb finished in ninth place with a three-round score of 222 (+9) after shooting a final-round 76. Senior Jared Magoline (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac [Marquette]) found himself tied for 18th overall, posting a 54-hole score of 227 after matching Webb with a third-round score of 76.
Placing third for the Brown team was sophomore Zach Cutler (O'Fallon, Mo./Timberland), who shot a 240, while just one stroke behind Cutler was senior Matt Ward (Plainfield, Ill./South), who ended the tournament at 241. Cutler and Ward both posted third-round scores of 75. Sophomore Michael Doherty (Lisle, Ill./Naperville North) rounded out the pack for the Crusaders’ Brown squad, closing the event with a score of 246.
Leading the Gold squad was freshman Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna), who matched Webb for the Crusaders’ lowest round of the tournament, shooting a 72 on Tuesday to finish tied for 14th place at 226. Senior Michael Holevas (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) placed second for the Gold team, shooting a 245. Just one stroke behind was redshirt sophomore Adam Baracani (Normal, Ill./University), who finished the day with a three-round score of 246.
Junior Ryan Heck (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls) found himself only two strokes off of Baracani with a score of 248, and rounding out the Gold team’s score was Michael Kinsella (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North), who finished at 257.
Valparaiso will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Columbus, Ind. to compete in the Hoosier Collegiate at Otter Creek.