The Valparaiso University men’s golf team put together a solid opening round on Sunday at the MVC Championship, hosted at the par-71, 6760-yard Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, Ill. The Beacons finished the day in second of 10 on the team leaderboard with sophomore Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) sitting in second place on the player leaderboard after putting together one of the best rounds in MVC Championship history. The quality scores came despite playing through cold temperatures as the “real feel” was in the upper 30s throughout Sunday’s action.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“We had some tough conditions for the first round today. The ‘feels like’ temp was at 31 degrees when we started the day, and it barely got up over 40 degrees by the end of the round. Winds were out of the northwest at over 10 miles per hour for most of the day, so the guys had to work through the adversity of the playing conditions. I’m really proud of their efforts in dealing with the weather and maintaining a good level of poise all day.”
“We only had five birdies on the front nine. The main reason for that was simply dealing with the weather conditions and trying to keep the hands warm. The guys played steady, hitting a good amount of greens in regulation and giving themselves some birdie opportunities. We were able to play the front nine at even par and we were only one shot off the lead, making the turn to the back nine.”
“The team played the back nine very solid, with 15 total birdies and seven of those in the last four holes. We finished the round really well and the guys played very focused down the final stretch. We played the Par 3s at even par on the day, and we knew that’s an area that we have to play well in this tournament. Our Par-5 scoring needs to improve over the next couple of days for some more critical scoring opportunities.”
“While we had a good team effort today, Anthony played incredibly steady for us. His scorecard was super clean with the five birdies, 13 pars and no bogeys. He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and he’s making a lot of good decisions on the golf course. The entire team is looking forward to tomorrow’s second round.”
The second round of the 54-hole tournament will take place on Monday. A link to live scoring via GolfStat will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.