Valparaiso’s women’s golf team is tied with Horizon League foe Cleveland State for 12th place after day one of the Butler Fall Invitational held Monday at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Crusaders turned in a first round total of 332, and trail 11th place Loyola (Chicago) by 12 shots heading into the final round. Bradley leads the way at 301 after day one on the 6,303-yard, par-72 layout.
"On the Women's side it was a disapointing day all the way around," head coach Mike Higdon said. "With a team as young as we are, we are going to have our ups and downs. We must come back tomorrow and play like we know we are capable of and turn this into a positive experience."
Individually, Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) led the way for the Brown and Gold with an 80, carding 40 on both nines. For the freshman, it was her lowest collegiate round to date.
Kelly Voigt (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.) added an 82 and Annie Nolan (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) shot 83 for the Crusaders in round one. Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale H.S.) and Brianna Davy (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) both carded 87s.
Bradley’s Kelly Amundrud and Breanne Neufeld share the individual lead at one-over par 73 at the midway point of the tournament.
Valparaiso will tee it up on Tuesday morning in the final round, looking to move up in the team standings. The shotgun start begins at 7:30 a.m. CDT.