Recent work in practice paid off for Valparaiso University men’s golf senior Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis. / Kaukauna) on Monday, the first day of the Titans Motown Classic in Detroit. Golfing as an individual for the first time this season, Wittmann responded by finishing the first two rounds of action with the best score on the team and the fifth-best in the 60-player field. Even without Wittmann’s score, Valpo is in the top half of the standings, tied for fourth in a 10-team field.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“This was the first day of our fall season that we had to persevere through some challenging weather. The day started with rain over the first 4-5 holes and then we had to battle the steady 15-20 mph wind. Overall, I was pleased with how the entire team played both rounds today, especially with the wind making the course more challenging. The guys stayed focused all day, thinking through their shots well and displaying good course management."
“We started the morning round well despite the rain and some gusty winds. We couldn't get the birdie production in the middle of the first round, but we finished the round well, playing the last four holes very solid. In the second round, we did not have a good start to the round, but we played steadier in the middle of the round and finished extremely well again. We need to play the back nine better tomorrow, taking advantage of the Par 5s and hitting more of those greens in regulation.”
“Mitch played very steady for us today with five birdies, seven bogeys, no double bogeys and a lot of pars. His tempo was terrific all day and he hit a lot of fairways and greens. He has been working on his swing and ball striking a lot over the past two weeks and I was happy to see that hard work paying off for him today.”
The third and final round of the Titans Motown Classic will take place in Highland, Mich. on Tuesday. This will mark the last day of the fall season for Valpo.