Freshman Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) continued his recent solid play, leading the Valparaiso University men’s golf team in the opening round of the Wright State Invitational on Sunday at Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, Ohio. The participating teams were slated to play two rounds on Sunday, but the second round was canceled due to rain. The event has been shortened to a 36-hole format with the final round being played as scheduled on Monday.
How It Happened
Inside the Round
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“We had to battle through a wide variety of weather with today’s round, including two rain delays, 40 mile per hour winds and even some warm sunshine. Eight birdies are not enough and we simply couldn’t get the putts to drop. More importantly, the ball striking needed to be sharper, getting us closer to the hole for the higher percentage putts.”
“Our start to the round was pretty solid, working our way through a decent stretch of holes on the back nine. It was after the rain delay that we struggled to take advantage of an easier stretch of holes on the front nine. While it’s challenging to keep momentum flowing during a six-hour round, it was still a good learning experience for our young team.”
“We have an opportunity to gain some good ground on the teams in front of us tomorrow, playing with all three teams. The guys are excited for the second round.”
The 12 teams will round out the Wright State Invitational with Round 2 on Monday in Springboro, Ohio beginning at 8 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. ET. That will mark the final round prior to the MVC Championship. Live scoring is available via BirdieFire.