Schiene Leads Valpo as Women’s Golf Opens Spring Slate
Monday, March 15, 2021
Schiene Leads Valpo as Women’s Golf Opens Spring Slate
Freshman Carly Shiene has Valpo's top score through 36 holes in the first round of the spring season.

The Valparaiso University women’s golf team teed off its spring season on Monday at the Missouri State Spring Invitational. Carly Schiene (Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln-Way Central) led the way for Valpo on the first day of the tournament, finishing the first two rounds in the Top 15 overall. Teammate Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) is one place outside of the Top 15 entering Tuesday’s third and final round. Their efforts came while battling extremely wet and windy conditions at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo.

How It Happened

  • Schiene, a freshman with only three collegiate rounds under her belt prior to Monday, carded a team-best 165 through 36 holes. She led the squad in Round 1 with an 83 before ranking second on the team with an 82 in Round 2 on the par-72, 6154-yard course. She ranks tied for 13th in a 40-player field entering the third round.
  • Hodson, a junior, finished just one stroke in back of her rookie teammate with a 166 through 36 holes. She carded an 80 in Round 2, the best 18-hole score of the day by any Valpo golfer. Hodson stands at t-16 on the overall leaderboard entering Tuesday.
  • Morgan Kier (Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg) and Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) provided the team’s third and fourth best scores on Day 1, stroking a 178 (94-84) and 179 (92-87) respectively.
  • The tournament features a 6-count-4 format with Valpo posting a team score of 351 in Round 1 before improving to 333 in Round 2 to finish Day 1 at 684, tied with Omaha for fifth. Valpo’s Round 2 score was 13 strokes better than Omaha and one stroke better than Missouri Valley Conference foe Drake.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“Between the soggy fairways and the high winds, it was a tough day in Southwest Missouri. Carly stayed calm and collected through it all to shoot two solid rounds. Payton was striking the ball well and finally started seeing results toward the end of her second round. We are looking forward to calm conditions on Tuesday and continuing to shave strokes off our team score.”

Up Next

Valpo will compete in Day 2 of the Missouri State Spring Invite on Tuesday at Highland Springs CC in Springfield, Mo.