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Season Two of Women's Golf Set to Begin
Erika Pfaender is one of five freshmen on the Crusader roster this season. (Ray Acevedo)
Erika Pfaender is one of five freshmen on the Crusader roster this season. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The second spring season of Valparaiso University women’s golf is set to commence, and after the fall season the Crusaders have already shown considerable improvement over their inaugural year.

Head coach Mike Higdon returns four sophomores from the initial team, and has added five talented freshmen as the Crusaders look move up the Horizon League ranks.  During the fall the Brown and Gold posted a runner-up finish at the Green Bay Invitational, and placed in the middle of the pack in nearly every other event.

Sophomores Annie Nolan and Jessica O’Brien lead the returnees into season two.  Nolan shaved nearly 10 strokes per round off of her freshman scoring average during the fall campaign, sharing the team’s lowest fall average at 81.6.  She carded a collegiate-low round of 77 this fall as well, and won the Green Bay Invitational individual title.  O’Brien was second on the team in scoring as a freshman.  She played in just one event during the fall season though, but averaged nearly five strokes per round less than she did as a rookie.

Sophomores Kathleen Cooper and Sarah Al-Momar also return for the Brown and Gold this year.  Neither player saw action during the fall season, but both were key to the Crusaders’ inaugural campaign.  Both competed in every round as a freshman helping to start the program.

Freshmen played an integral role in Valpo’s success during the fall schedule, and will be relied upon heavily this spring as the Crusaders look for continued improvement.  Michelle Kleckner shared the team’s lowest stroke average with Nolan at 81.6 during the five fall events, and posted a pair of top-10 finishes.  She shot a season-low 77 twice and finished with a 36-hole best of 156.

Kelly Voigt and Brianna Davy both contributed a great deal to the Valpo lineup as well.  Voigt finished the fall with an 81.9 stroke average over nine rounds, including a season-best 77 in a triangular match with Green Bay and Chicago State.  Davy posted the best 36-hole tournament in program history at 154 while also firing a school-record round of 76 at the Butler Fall Invitational. 

Erika Pfaender was the final Crusader to play in every event in the fall. She averaged 83.6 for her nine rounds, carding a season-best 79 at the Dayton Fall Invitational, the final event of the fall.  Alyssa Cameron also got her first taste of collegiate golf at the Chicago State Cougar Classic, playing a pair of rounds in the tournament as an individual.

The Crusaders will take to the links five times this fall, beginning Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Murray State Spring Invitational.  Valpo then will take a month off before competing at the Butler Spring Invitational.  Trips to the Loyola Invitational and the Falcon Invitational at Bowling Green round out the spring campaign before the Brown and Gold head to the Horizon League Championships.  This year’s event will take place April 22-24 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

A much more experienced Valparaiso roster will take to the course during the spring of 2011, looking to continue showing significant improvement in just year two of the program’s history.  With nine talented players, all freshmen and sophomores, on the roster, hopes are high for the Crusaders to continue to climb in the Horizon League over the next few years.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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