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Valpo Men Finish Seventh at John Piper Intercollegiate
Austin Gaugert earned his third top-five finish of the year. (Ryan Wronkowicz)
Austin Gaugert earned his third top-five finish of the year. (Ryan Wronkowicz)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Valparaiso men's golf team moved up one spot in the final round of the John Piper Intercollegiate in Bowling Green, Ohio on Tuesday, closing the 54-hole event in seventh place.

The Crusaders shot a round of 309 on Tuesday to finish the two-day, three-round tournament in seventh position with a score of 907, just five shots shy of a top-five finish. Cleveland State took the team title with an 866, while Wes Gates shot -10 (206) to capture individual medalist honors by 12 shots.

Senior Austin Gaugert (Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger) posted his third top-finish in as many events this season, closing the tournament with a round of 73 to finish at +4 (220). Junior Thomas Wettstein (Neenah, Wis./Xavier) shot a 77 on Tuesday and was the second-highest placed Crusader, finishing in a tie for 15th at +10 (226). Playing as an individual, senior Andy Webb (Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence) shot a second consecutive round of 76 to close at +14 (230), finishing in a tie for 31st.

Fifth-year senior Brad Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward [Dayton]) shot a 78 on Tuesday to end the event at +15 (231), good for a tie for 37th. Sophomore Joe Harris (Washington, Iowa/Washington) tied for 44th place after shooting 81 on Tuesday to end the tournament at +18 (234), while fellow second-year player Eric Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward) rounded out the Crusader lineup with an 82 in his final round, ending with a 54-hole score of 235 (+19) to tie for 49th place.

Valparaiso returns to action on Monday, October 1 at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, a two-day event hosted by Kansas State.