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Crusaders Set to Tee Off in 2009
Valpo tees up the 2009 season on September 8.
Valpo tees up the 2009 season on September 8.

Friday, September 04, 2009

For the first time since 1992, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team will tee it up this fall.  Head coach Mike Higdon guides his youthful Crusaders into five tournaments during the next two months, as the six freshmen and a sophomore experience Division I golf for the first time.

“I’m excited to find out where we are and how we stack up with others at the college level,” Higdon said.  “I have been happy with everyone’s work ethic up until now.  I know they are just as eager to get started with the season as I am.”

The Crusaders will be led by the lone sophomore, Mike Hesselman, as they embark on the new campaign.  Hesselman, a transfer from Viterbo University was a First Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection as a freshman.  He posted top-10 efforts in all 11 events last year, including two victories and three runner-up finishes.

Six freshmen will join Hesselman and are anxious for their first taste at collegiate golf.  Andrew Beischel finished in the top-20 in the Wisconsin State Championship in 2008 in helping to lead Whitefish Bay High School to a 10th  Beischel joins Austin Gaugert, who also finished in the top-20 in Wisconsin this past year while leading Badger high School to a third place finish as a team. place finish overall.

A third player from Wisconsin, Clayton Jones, helped lead Arrowhead High School to three straight state championships.  Individually he has qualified for the Wisconsin State Amateur.

Higdon has also brought in three players from Indiana, including a local product in Josh Kalita.  Kalita earned a top-20 finish in the Indiana State Championship as a senior, helping lead Chesterton High School to a sixth place finish as a team.

Andy Webb, from Bedford, Ind., was the Hoosier Hills Conference champion individually in 2009 for NorthLawrence High School.  He finished in the top-10 in seven of eight invitationals during his senior season.  Adam Gray also hails from the Hoosier state and was a four-time All-Olympic Conference selection for Jay County High School.

Higdon has set up a challenging fall slate for the Crusaders, beginning September 8-9 at the Saint Joseph’s College Championships at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth, Ind.  He then plans on taking the team to tournaments hosted by Bowling Green and Ball State each of the next two weeks.  After a week off, Valpo will play in the Butler Fall Invitational on October 5-6 before wrapping up the fall campaign at the Dayton Fall Invitational October 19-20.

With the program restarting from scratch, opportunities abound for the Crusaders.  The six freshmen will have a chance to make an impact along with a transfer who had a successful start to his collegiate career.  When the sees tees off, exciting times will be ahead for Valparaiso University.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo