Two Valpo Players Turn in Top 10 Finishes at Butler
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Two Valpo Players Turn in Top 10 Finishes at Butler
Garrett Willis closed out his first career Top 10 finish on Tuesday.

One Valparaiso University men’s golfer turned in a career low, while two others closed out Top 10 finishes on Tuesday morning at the Butler Spring Invitational hosted at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis.

How It Happened

  • Sophomore Jack Juskow (Greenville, S.C. / Hamilton Southeastern) Juskow carded a 69 (-1) in the second and final round of the tournament, moving into a tie with four others for the best round by a Valpo player this season. It surpassed his previous low round of 70, which occurred on Sept. 9 at the Golfweek Program Challenge. For the tournament, Juskow carded a 145 (+5) to finish at t-17.
  • Freshman Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) had started the event with a 69 on Monday before finishing at 142 to tie for eighth after his round of 73 on Tuesday.
  • Fellow freshman Charlie Toman (Chardon, Ohio / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) was also involved in the eighth-place tie as he improved his score by two strokes from Round 1 to Round 2 to finish the second day with a 70 and the tournament with a 142.
  • Toman had his second Top 10 finish of the year, while Willis enjoyed his first.
  • Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis. / Kaukauna) made a one-stroke improvement from Monday to Tuesday, while Lance Picton (Oro Valley, Ariz. / Canyon del Oro) golfed as an individual and finished with a 74 on Tuesday, bettering his Monday round by two strokes.
  • As a team, Valpo completed the tournament deadlocked with Ohio as both squads turned in 580s to tie for fifth. Valpo was six strokes behind Butler and Oakland as those two teams tied for third.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“Our scoring improved well in the final round of the two-day tournament. Our team talks about finishing the tournaments strong and improving our scoring with each round, and the guys came back with a better performance today. We wanted to move up more in the final standings, but the guys played determined all day.”

“Jack had another solid round for us today, hitting over 60 percent of his greens and 70 percent of his fairways. He had one of his best rounds on the putting green, with 28 putts and getting up and down almost every time. Charlie was the opposite of Jack, hitting 72 percent of his greens and just over half of his fairways. While he got up and down 75 percent of the time, he still missed a number of short birdie putts and left some strokes on the course.”

“Garrett also played well for us in both of the rounds. His putting was his best all spring, and he was over 60 percent in fairways and greens hit in the two rounds. He missed more shots than usual off the tee today, but his iron play was solid and he chipped well around the greens.”

Up Next

Valpo will next hit the links on Sunday, April 14 for the first day of the two-day Wright State Invitational in Springboro, Ohio. That will mark the final tournament prior to the MVC Championship.