Valpo Plays Second Round of Golfweek Program Challenge
Monday, September 10, 2018
Valpo Plays Second Round of Golfweek Program Challenge
Drew Alexander made a two-stroke improvement from Round 1 to Round 2 at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

The Valparaiso University men’s golf team was led by freshman Charlie Toman (Chardon, Ohio / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) for the second consecutive day on Monday in the middle round of the Golfweek Program Challenge in South Carolina. The rookie carded a 74 to lead a young Valpo team in Round 2.

How It Happened

  • Toman’s 74 puts him in a tie for 24th entering the final day of competition. His 36-hole score of 143 leads the team.
  • Senior Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis. / Kaukauna) is second on the squad at 146 going into the final day of competition, while sophomore Drew Alexander (McCordsville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) ranked second on the team in Round 2 by posting a 75.
  • Sophomore Brett Seward (Aurora, Ill. / Aurora Christian) made a two-stroke improvement from Round 1 to Round 2, carding a 77 on Monday.

Inside the Round

  • Valpo stroked a 303 as a team on Monday and enters the final day of competition with a team score of 585, tied for 11th in the 14-team field. Campbell holds the team lead by a wide margin at 33 strokes under par (543) entering the third round.
  • Valpo has 29 birdies for the tournament, led by Toman and Wittmann with eight apiece. Seward owns Valpo’s lone eagle in the event as he needed just two strokes on a Par 4 17th hole in Round 2 on Monday.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“Our shot execution was simply not nearly as sharp as it was with yesterday's round. Our ball-striking was pretty poor and that put more pressure on the chipping and putting. With the bermuda grass, it's already an adjustment playing on the different turf conditions. We seemed to be leaning on our short game making the difference all day, and that wasn't working.”

“Every competitive round is another quality experience for us and there was some character building taking place in this morning's round. We had a good start to the round, playing the first six holes at three under par. We struggled through the middle of the round and we did not have the birdie production that we needed on the back nine.”

Up Next

Valpo will conclude the event with the third and final round on Tuesday. Live scoring is available via GolfStat.