The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finished out the program’s first ever tournament held outside of the United States on Saturday, golfing the final 27 holes of the 54-hole Monterrey Collegiate Classic, hosted by George Washington at the par-72, 3483-yard Mitras Club Campestre Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico this weekend. Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) capped a top-3 finish in a quality field that featured 62 players from 10 programs. The team posted its best 54-hole tournament score in nine years, finishing the fall season on a positive note.
How It Happened
Inside the Rounds
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“I’m really proud of the efforts by the team for the final 27 holes of this tournament. We needed to have a strong final day and finish the fall season on a high note. The guys made all of the adjustments we talked about last night and played with a lot of passion and confidence. We had a balanced effort by the entire team and everyone simply played better. We weren’t able to move up much more on the leaderboard with the poor start in Round 1, but we bounced back and had our best round of the fall season.”
“We had another very fast start to the day and played the first five holes at 10 under. We really took advantage of the Par 5s and played them at 19 under for the final 27 holes. That was a significant improvement for us over the first day, and it showed us what we’re capable of doing when our execution is better on those holes. We started the final round with a lot of pars and only four bogeys on the front nine. The final nine holes was one of our best and we finished strong at seven under. We played the Par 3s very well in the final round at only two over.”
“We had another sub-par round from Elliot, who played in our fifth position. He gave us two subpar rounds for the tournament, and played with a lot of confidence. Caleb and Anthony improved their scores in each round and both of them had an exceptional final round today. Caleb had his best nine holes of the tournament, making five birdies on the back nine. Anthony’s ball striking was remarkable the entire tournament and he was right in the mix to win the tournament individually coming down the stretch. He narrowly missed a couple birdies in the final four holes and despite playing so well, couldn’t close the final gap. Today, we were able to get a little glimpse as to what our team is capable of doing and that is exciting as we look forward to the spring season.”
The spring schedule will commence on Feb. 25 at the TPC Dorado Beach Collegiate in Dorado, Puerto Rico.