Hodson Leads Valpo on First Day of Diane Daugherty Invite
Monday, March 29, 2021
Hodson Leads Valpo on First Day of Diane Daugherty Invite
Payton Hodson owned Valpo's top score on the first day of the Diane Daugherty Invite.

The Valparaiso University women’s golf team opened up the Diane Daugherty Invite on Monday in Kirkwood, Mo. The teams played the first 36 holes of the 54-hole event, hosted by Southern Illinois University at the par-71, 6042-yard Greenbriar Hills CC. Junior Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) turned in Valpo’s top score of the day.

How It Happened

  • Hodson led Valpo with a 163 over the first 36 holes, posting an 82 in Round 1 before leading the team with an 81 in Round 2.
  • Sophomore Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) paced the squad in Round 1 with an 81 before finishing the day second on the team with a 169.
  • Missouri Valley Conference members Illinois State, Bradley, Missouri State, Loyola, Drake, Southern Illinois, UNI and Indiana State are all competing in the event as well.
  • Arkansas State leads the field with a score of 605, with Illinois State second at 614. Bradley’s Taylor Ledwein is at 145 (+3), putting her atop the individual leaderboard entering the final round.
  • Valpo’s best performance came on Par-5 holes, where the team averaged 5.47

Up Next

Valpo will play the final 18 holes of the event on Tuesday, which features a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start. The link to live scoring via GolfStat can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.