The Valparaiso University women’s golf team participated in the third round of the Aggie Invitational on Tuesday in Las Cruces, N.M. Sophomore Kylie Shoemake (Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central) turned in the best round of the day by any Crusader, stroking a 79.
How It Happened
- As a team, the Crusaders placed 10th in the 10-team event with a 54-hole score of 971, one stroke behind ninth-place North Dakota. The Crusaders made up six strokes on the Fighting Hawks on Wednesday with an 18-hole score of 324.
- Shoemake finished the tournament with a total score of 245 (+29), matching Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill. / Fremdt) for second on the team and 45th overall.
- Kim carded an 82 in Round 3, dropping two strokes from her Round 2 score.
- Sophomore Madison McCreary (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville), powered by a career-best 74 on the tournament’s first day, finished the tournament at 239 (+23) to lead the Crusaders and rank 33rd overall. She posted an 82 on the event’s final day.
- Junior Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) scored an 81 on Wednesday to finish at 247 (+31), while freshman Kayla Krueger (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake) posted an 88 to finish at 250 (+34).
Inside the Rounds
- Shoemake’s 79 was one stroke above her season best.
- The Crusaders finished the tournament with 11 birdies, four of which came on Wednesday. McCreary and Krueger chipped in four birdies apiece to lead the way.
- Host New Mexico State won the team title with an 894, edging UTEP’s 896. New Mexico State’s Kenedie Montoya took medalist honors with a 217 (+1).
The Crusaders will have over two weeks away from competition, then they will return to the course for the Braun Intercollegiate beginning on Monday, Oct. 24 at Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville, Ind. The Braun Intercollegiate is the final tournament of the fall slate. A link to live stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.