The Valparaiso University women’s golf team shattered a program record for 54-hole tournament overall score this week, finishing with a team total of 928 at the 16-team, 100-player Butler Fall Invitational, hosted by the Bulldogs at the par-70, 6040-yard Highland Country Club in Indianapolis. The team edged the previous program watermark by three strokes.
How It Happened
- Junior Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit) finished out the best tournament of her collegiate career with a 75 on Tuesday. She achieved a top-20 finish with a 223 (+13).
- The next-best 54-hole score by a Beacon in the tournament was 236, shared by Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) and Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland). Fay had a 77 on Tuesday while Keil enjoyed her best round of the event with a 76.
- The team’s best final-round showing came courtesy of Roslyn Leitner (Dundee, Ill. / Harry Jacobs), who improved by 10 strokes from Round 2 with a 73 to round out the event. She finished the week at 237.
- Valpo climbed to 13th on the team leaderboard, outdoing Chicago State by 23 strokes on Tuesday to usurp the Cougars. The Brown & Gold also finished ahead of Eastern Illinois and Southern Indiana. The Beacons combined for a 301 on Tuesday, a significant stride after going 313-314 on Monday. Valpo finished the event at 928.
- Morehead State (868) edged UIC by a single stroke for the team title, while Dasa Urbankova of the Flames was the individual medalist at 206.
Inside the Round
- Valpo’s team score of 928 was the lowest 54-hole tournament score by the team since the program launched in 2009. This outdid the previous record of 931 that was achieved at the Redbird Invitational in September 2021.
- In relation to par, the team’s score of +88 ranks eighth in program history. Two of the top eight 54-hole team scores in program history have come in the first three tournaments of this season.
- The squad’s single-round score of 301 on Tuesday tied for the third best in program history. It was the team’s best round in terms of overall score since a decade ago, October 2013.
- In relation to par, Tuesday’s team score of +21 is tied for ninth in program history and represents a season best.
- In 31 career rounds entering this tournament, Schreiner owned a personal best of 77. She went 75 or better in all three rounds this week.
- Schreiner’s 54-hole tournament overall score of 223 ranks second in program history, behind only Madison Keil’s 220 at the 2022 Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State.
- Schreiner’s tournament score in relation to par of +13 ranks tied for eighth in program history.
- Leitner’s 73 in Round 3 represented a career low.
Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy
“It was a great start to the week on the golf course. Katie not only played some really good golf, but she also did a great job maintaining a cool head through some ups and downs. Roslyn played well today with a lot of pars and no big numbers. It was a lot of fun to watch.”
Valpo will face a quick turnaround for its next tournament as the Loyola Parkinson Invitational will begin on Monday, Oct. 9 at Merit Club in Libertyville.