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Crusaders Finish Seventh to Close Valpo Invitational
Play Video Jessica O'Brien lines up her birdie putt on hole number 13.
Jessica O'Brien lines up her birdie putt on hole number 13.
Michelle Kleckner shared team-low honors with an 80 on Tuesday.
Michelle Kleckner shared team-low honors with an 80 on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Valparaiso University finished in seventh place on Tuesday as the Crusaders wrapped up play in their first home golf tournament in program history, the Valpo Invitational, played at The Course at Aberdeen.  The Crusaders shot 324 in the final round to finish at 644 for the tournament, just one stroke out of fifth place and four shots out of fourth.

“It was quite an experience hosting our first event,” head coach Mat Blair said.  “It was great for the university and for exposure for our program.  I really enjoyed it and want to thank the staff at Aberdeen for helping us put on such a great event.”

Butler won the team title at 612 (312-300), a 16-shot victory over Loyola (Chicago).

On a sunny, warm day which saw the course scoring average drop by more than 2.5 shots from the opening round, four Crusaders also bettered their opening round total. 

Jessica O’Brien (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.), a junior, posted her collegiate best round of 80, and along with Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale H.S.) who also shot 80, paced the Brown and Gold over the final 18 holes.  Kleckner finished at 161 for the tournament while O’Brien shot 165.

Kelly Voigt (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.) led the way for the Crusaders overall, shooting 159 to tie for 15th place individually.  She carded a final round 83 over the 6,151-yard, par-72 layout.

Brianna Davy (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) and Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) both posted rounds of 82 on Tuesday.  Davy finished tied with Kleckner for 22nd at 161 while Pfaender improved by two strokes from Monday and finished at 166.

A.J. Selig (Hortonville, Wis./Appleton West H.S.) added her second straight 85 playing as an individual while Kathleen Cooper (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) improved by 12 shots from round one and finished with a 94.  Alyssa Cameron (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw H.S.) added a 96, one shot better than her first round.

“I’m very proud of our girls,” Blair added.  We didn’t finish where we wanted to finish, but it was a great learning experience for us.  I’m not surprised we fell back a bit, only because it was a new opportunity for us and a new situation.  We have never played with the leading groups in the final round before, but that’s a tribute to the way we played yesterday.  I’m sure we’ll learn from this and now we’ll be better prepared for the situation next time it arises.”

Butler’s Michele Nash won the individual title by four strokes over her teammate, Jenna Peter.  Nash finished at one-over par 145 (72-73) while Peter shot the tournament’s low round on Tuesday, a two-under par 70.

Valparaiso will return to action next Monday and Tuesday at the Tennessee State Fall Classic.  The event will begin at 8 a.m. CDT at Morningstar Golf Club in Indianapolis, Ind.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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