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Crusader Men Finish Third at Dayton
Eric Winters led the way for the Crusaders at Dayton. (Ryan Wronkowicz)
Eric Winters led the way for the Crusaders at Dayton. (Ryan Wronkowicz)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s golf team closed out the 2012 fall season on Tuesday afternoon at the Dayton Fall Invitational, finishing in a tie for third place.

The Crusaders improved by two strokes on Tuesday from their first-round performance Monday, shooting a final-round 297 to close the tournament at 596, matching Detroit and Western Kentucky.  Oakland took the team title with a 578, while the Golden Grizzlies’ Nick Cunningham earned individual medalist honors with a two-under-par 140.

“While we didn't have the closing round that we were looking for today, we were very pleased with another top-three finish,” said Crusader head coach David Gring.  “It was a great way to end a terrific fall season, with our fifth top-three finish in seven tournaments.  We have gained a lot of tournament experience this all, and that will bode well for the spring 2013 season.”

Sophomore Eric Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward) shot the Crusaders’ top round on Tuesday, posting a one-over 72 to finish the 36-hole tournament at 147, good for a tie for 12th place.  Junior Thomas Wettstein (Neenah, Wis./Xavier) shot a 77 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 19th position with a score of 149.  Junior Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East) finished one shot behind Wettstein in a tie for 27th, closing the event with a 74 for a total of 150.

“Eric Winters played very consistent for us this entire fall season,” said Gring.  “He had two solid and steady rounds over the last two days on a very challenging course.  I'm proud of his efforts.”

Senior Austin Gaugert (Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger) also finished the tournament with a round of 74 on Tuesday, giving him a 36-hole total of 152 to finish in a tie for 35th place.  Fifth-year senior Brad Winters (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward [Dayton]) rounded out the Crusaders’ lineup with a 153 following his Tuesday 77, good for a tie for 41st position.  Playing as an individual, freshman Matt Ward (Plainfield, Ill./South) closed with an 81 for a total of 157 to finish in a tie for 65th place.