The fickle spring weather forced the Valparaiso University women’s golf team to hit the road again this weekend, as the Crusaders competed Sunday at the Crusader/Jaguar Challenge. The tournament was originally slated to be contested at The Course at Aberdeen, but was moved to the Trophy Club in Lebanon, Ind. and shortened to an 18-hole event.
Valpo posted a team score of 340 on Sunday, as teams were allowed to play six golfers, counting their best four scores. Youngstown State took top team honors with a score of 322, while IUPUI posted a team score of 331 and Marian 382.
Junior Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) was the Crusaders’ top individual finisher Sunday, shooting a round of 81 to finish in sixth place. Sophomore Kiana Jongsma (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) earned a ninth-place finish with a round of 84 – her first top-10 finish of the season.
Sophomore Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) and freshman Madison McCreary (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) shot matching scores of 85 on Sunday to finish tied for 10th place – McCreary doing so while playing as an individual. Freshman Kylie Shoemake (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) posted a round of 90 for the Crusaders, while senior Sibil Gill (Kokomo, Ind./Western) and junior Sydney Shrum (Cloverdale, Ind./Cloverdale) rounded out Valpo’s golfers with respective rounds of 91 and 94.
Valparaiso’s final tune-up for the Horizon League Championship comes in the form of a dual competition next weekend, as the Crusaders will host league foe Green Bay at The Course at Aberdeen. The two-day tournament begins Friday, Apr. 15.