Valparaiso University Sports Update, October 18, 2016

VU-Valpo-Bowling-to-Host-Crusader-Challenge-This-Weekend-10-18-16Valpo Bowling to Host Crusader Challenge This Weekend
Ranked #21 nationally in the NTCA preseason coaches poll, the Valparaiso University bowling team will open up the 2016-17 campaign this weekend by hosting the Crusader Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, at Inman’s in Valparaiso.

The Crusaders welcome five visiting teams to Inman’s this weekend, highlighted by a pair of preseason top-10 squads in #5 McKendree and #9 UW-Whitewater. Also competing in this weekend’s tournament are #25 Elmhurst, Aurora, and Maryville.

The two-day event begins on Saturday at 9:45 a.m., with five sets of five-game baker matches. Sunday’s action begins at 8:15 a.m. and will consist of five traditional team games. At the tournament’s conclusion, a team champion, All-Tournament Team and tournament MVP will be crowned.

The remainder of the Crusaders’ 2016-17 schedule will be released in the coming days.

Webb, Baracani Pace Valpo on Day 1 at Dayton
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team competed in the first round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Kettering, Ohio at NCR Country Club on Monday. Redshirt junior Adam Baracani (Normal, Ill. / University) and senior Peter Webb (Madison, Wis. / James Madison Memorial) tied for the team lead on the first day of the two-round event.

How It Happened

  • After 18 holes, the Crusaders have a team score of 315, 18th in the 18-team field. However, they are just five strokes back of 13th and one stroke behind 17th. As a team, the Crusaders were 31 strokes over par.
  • Webb and Baracani each stroked a 75 during the round, four strokes above par. They are tied for 24th individually.
  • Freshman Matthew McCarthy (O’Fallon, Ill. / Althoff Catholic), competing as an individual, went six strokes over par with a 77. He is tied for 39th overall and third on the team.
  • Freshman Ross Lazar (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) finished at 80 (+9), fourth on the team and tied for 76th overall.
  • Zach Cutler (O’Fallon, Mo. / Timberland) carded an 85 (+14), while Mitchell Wittmann (Kaukauna, Wis. / Kaukauna) turned in an 86 (+15).

Inside the Rounds

  • Baracani’s 75 is his lowest round of the season. His previous low was 77.
  • Webb had a strong front nine, reaching the midway point at one stroke under par.
  • McCarthy also started his day on a high note, meeting par on the front nine.
  • The Crusaders had five birdies as a team, three of them by Webb.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
"NCR is a challenging golf course and it beat us up today. The course was in terrific shape and the greens were fast and firm. It is imperative to hit to certain areas/targets on the putting surface and certain sides of the green and we simply left ourselves in some difficult places to score from."

"Unfortunately, the shot execution simply wasn't there, today. We had a good game plan and the guys knew how to play each hole, but we struggled with accuracy both off the tee and to the greens."