Valpo Jumps Six Spots on Final Day in Centennial State
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Valpo Jumps Six Spots on Final Day in Centennial State

The Valparaiso University men’s golf team climbed six places on the team leaderboard on Tuesday while competing in the third and final round of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite, a 17-team, 100-player gathering held at the par-72, 7787-yard Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. The Beacons were led by Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine), who put together another solid showing and was just outside of the top 10.

How It Happened

  • VanArragon finished the tournament with the team’s best Round-3 score at 70 (-2), bringing his 54-hole total to 212 (-4). He was one stroke away from a top-10 finish, instead concluding the week at t-11.
  • Junior Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) closed out a consistent tournament with a 73 (+1) to finish at 219 (+3). He tied for 41st.
  • The second-best 18-hole score by a Beacon on Tuesday came from freshman Adam Melliere (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville), who recorded an even-par round at 72 to finish the event at 226. Owen Sander (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) had a 75 on Tuesday to complete the tournament one stroke ahead of Melliere.
  • Valpo’s team score of 290 (+2) helped the squad move past six competitors and into a tie for 10th on Tuesday. The Beacons finished the week at 879 (+15) over 54 holes.
  • San Francisco won the event at 845 (-19), while Mercer’s Tobias Jonsson stroked a 207 (-9) to attain medalist honors. A loaded field was comprised of nine postseason teams from a year ago including five NCAA Regional squads and three that moved on to the NCAA Championships.

Inside the Round

  • Valpo finished with a tournament-most three eagles, the third of which came on Tuesday when Sander recorded his second of the tournament on the par-5 12th hole.
  • The Beacons produced 36 birdies this week, led by Delisanti with 10.
  • VanArragon had 47 holes of par or better.

Up Next

Valpo’s next tournament action will take place on Oct. 27-28 at Club Campestre Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The Monterrey International Invitational will represent the first trip outside of the United States in program history.