Sophomore Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) led the way for the Valparaiso University women’s golf team on Monday, the first day of the Butler Fall Invitational. She leads the team through two rounds at the 54-hole event, held at the par-70, 6069-yard Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis.
How It Happened
- Fay delivered the day’s best round by a Beacon with a 77 in Round 2. That trimmed three strokes off her opening-round score and helped her finish the day at t-22 in a 93-player field at 157.
- Sophomore Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland) sits at t-28 with one round remaining after carding a 158 over the first 36 holes, a single stroke behind Fay for the team lead. Her day was highlighted by a 78 in Round 2.
- Valpo’s other sub-80 score came courtesy of freshman Emily Krzyzanowski (Scottsdale, Ariz. / BASIS Phoenix) in Round 2. She carded a 78, one of three Beacons to finish the second round at 78 or better. For the day, Krzyzanowski posted a score of 163, third on the squad.
- As a team, Valpo made an eight-stroke improvement in Round 2 compared to Round 1, finishing the day at 644 (326-318). The Beacons are 13th in a 15-team field, ahead of Evansville and Tennessee State. They trailed the Purple Aces by five strokes entering the second round but usurped their Missouri Valley Conference mates on the team leaderboard by day’s end.
Inside the Rounds
- Valpo’s best performance came on par-3 holes, averaging a 3.45 (+18).
- The Beacons boasted six birdies for the day, half of which came from Krzyzanowski.
- Keil had the best par-3 scoring average in the entire tournament field at 2.75 (-2).
Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy
“The greens were very difficult today. We started to figure a few things out. Hopefully we can continue to build more momentum tomorrow.”
The final 18 holes of the Butler Fall Invitational will take place on Tuesday at Highland CC in Indianapolis.