The Valparaiso University women’s golf team rounded out its fall schedule with the second and final round of the Braun Intercollegiate at Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville, Ind. on Tuesday. The Crusaders turned in a two-round team score of 636 to place fifth in the 10-team event.
How It Happened
- Senior Angie Kim (Schaumberg, Ill. / Fremd) tied for fourth overall with a 152 over the two days to lead the Crusaders. She stroked a 76 on Tuesday.
- Freshman Tiffany Curtis (Crown Point / Crown Point, Ind.), competing as an individual, posted a 77 to finish the event at 160 and tie for 20th.
- Freshman Kayla Krueger (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake), competing as an individual, carded an 80 to finish in a tie for 41st.
- Junior Katie Willenbrink (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) carded an 83 on Tuesday to finish tied for eighth overall. She posted a 74 on Monday and finished with a 36-hole score of 157.
- Sophomore Kylie Shoemake finished with an 82, Valpo’s second-best round on Tuesday. She totaled 162 over the two days, tying for 26th.
- Senior Sydney Shrum (Cloverdale, Ind. / Cloverdale) carded an 83 to finish at 166, while Madison McCreary (Batesville, Ind. / Batesville) stroked an 88 to complete the event at 170.
Inside the Rounds
- Curtis enjoyed the best round of her collegiate career on Tuesday, bettering her previous career best of 78 by one stroke.
- Kim’s 76 was one stroke above her season best.
- Valpo’s fifth-place finish was the team’s best of the fall in an event that featured 10 or more teams.
- Evansville won the team title with a 617, while Butler (620) and Indiana State (622) rounded out a tight top three. Horizon League foe Northern Kentucky overtook the Crusaders on Tuesday, finishing at 625 in fourth place.
Thoughts from Coach Josh Kalita
"We knew we had a good opportunity today but didn't take advantage of it. We got off to a poor start and didn't rally back - it's really difficult to apply any pressure on the leading teams if you don't get off on the right foot.
We were able to finish the round decently over the last few holes. Angie played her last four holes in one-under, Kylie made four solid pars in her last five and Katie had a solid back-nine.
The second round performances from Tiffany and Kayla were great to see. Both players were able to work out some of the kinks from round one and had our second and third lowest rounds for the day. Getting another tournament under their belt is valuable experience as they prepare for the spring season.
The ladies know they have the potential to compete in these events, so I think this will help push them forward."
Tuesday marked the final day of the fall season. The Crusaders will return to the course on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Ball State Sunshine Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla.