Valparaiso University men’s golf senior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) and sophomore Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) golfed the first 18 holes of the three-day, 54-hole NCAA Bath Regional on Monday at the par-71, 7090-yard Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath, Mich.
VanArragon turned in a 73 (+2) to finish the day tied for 51st in a 75-player field. Delisanti stroked a 74 (+3) to complete Day 1 at t-59. VanArragon drained three birdies in the opening round, while Delisanti recorded a pair.
“Both Caleb and Anthony hit a lot of good shots today,” head coach Dave Gring said. “Sometimes the scorecard doesn’t really provide the full picture, and that was certainly the case with today’s round. Both of the guys hit 14 greens in regulation and they put themselves in some good positions for birdie. The ball-striking was very solid, but missing the greens in regulation on the short side makes it really tough to get up-and-down. Anthony had a couple of 3-putts and Caleb had one; proximity to the hole is a premium on this golf course.”
No. 34 Georgia posted a team score of 266 (-18) to grab the top spot on the team leaderboard through one day of competition, while Georgia’s Ben Van Wyk is the individual leader after carding a 65 (-6).
“Caleb had an extremely rare triple-bogey on the 17th hole and simply hit his pitching wedge slightly right of his target line on the island green,” Gring said. “I was impressed by how he kept his emotions in check and he bounced back with a good birdie on his last hole. Anthony’s poise was also really good all day despite hitting some really good balls off the tee and into the greens and not getting the results he desired.”
Round 2 of the regional will occur on Tuesday. A link to live scoring via GolfStat can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.
“This tournament is played over three days with three rounds, so we still have a lot of golf left to play,” Gring said. “The wind is going to be 180 degrees different than these past two days, and it will be more gusty. The course is going to play a lot different than today, but we have a good game plan in place.”