2019-20 MVC Newcomer of the Year
2019-20 MVC All-Conference Team
2019-20: Led the team and shattered the modern program record for single-season scoring average with a 72.57 in 21 rounds over seven tournaments during his freshman campaign… Paced the team in five out of seven tournaments and enjoyed 12 rounds of par or better… Led the team with a 54-hole score of 222 (+6) at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate over Labor Day Weekend, earning MVC Golfer of the Week honors following his first collegiate event… Golfed a season-low 69 (-3) in the third round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite on Sept. 8, on his way to leading the team with a 212 (-4), his first career Top-10 finish at t-sixth/104. That mark tied for seventh in program history for 54-hole tournament low… Was the tournament runner-up at the Zach Johnson Invitational (216, +3) on Sept. 30- Oct. 1, coupling with teammate Garrett Willis for a sweep of the top two individual spots in a 75-player field… Equaled his 54-hole tournament season low with a 212 (-4), stringing together three straight rounds of par or better (70-71-71) at the Invitation at Savannah Harbor in February. He placed third of 99 to help Valpo to the team title in the 19-team event… Was named the MVC Golfer of the Week on Feb. 19 for the second time during his freshman season following his showing at Savannah Harbor, which joined his Gene Miranda Falcon Invite performance in a tie for seventh in program history in 54-hole tournament low… Once again led the team while compiling another Top-10 finish in what turned out to be the final event of the year on March 9-10 at the Orlando Invitational. He finished tied for sixth of 69, his fourth Top-10 finish in seven tournaments in 2019-20... Became the first Valpo golfer to earn All-MVC honors... Became the first Valpo golfer to earn a major award after his freshman season since Peter Webb was named Horizon League Freshman of the Year in 2014.
Prep (Athletic): Qualified for the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship… Three-time Northwest Suburban Conference champion… Was a Top 10 finisher in the Class 3A state tournament… Won five varsity letters… Was a two-time Section 5AAA champion… 2017 Minnesota Junior PGA Champion… 2018 Minnesota State Junior Boys Championship winner… 2018 Minnesota State Open 10th place… 2018 Minnesota Public Links Championship runner-up… 2018 Minnesota Golf Champions fourth place (low amateur)… Ranked as high as the No. 1 high school golfer in Minnesota at the end of the 2018 season… 2018 Minnesota Golf Association Junior Player of the Year… Lowest 18-hole round was a 63, first shot at the TPC Invitational in 2017, setting the Minnesota state high school 18-hole scoring record... Stroked a 63 for the second time at the 2017 AJGA Otter Creek Junior Championship.
Prep (Academic): Finished second in his graduating class with a GPA of 4.26… Was a three-year member of National Honor Society… Competed on the Blaine High School math team… Wrote for the Blaine High School newspaper, the BHS Blueprint… Was a member of the Blaine High School Knowledge Bowl Team.
Personal: Son of Raymond and Janel VanArragon… Sister Kathryn also plays golf and won the 2018 High School state tournament as a seventh grader… Hobbies include reading and participating in church youth group… Majoring in statistics and biology.