Men’s golf enjoyed many successes at the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. over the weekend.
Senior Peter Webb won the 54-hole tournament, coming in at seven strokes under par and three strokes ahead of second place Matty Lamb from University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Webb held on to a five stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round, where he continued to hold onto the lead.
Webb is the first Crusader to medal in a tournament since junior Zach Cutler medaled at the CSU Cougar Classic in 2014.
Webb shot a combined 206 for 54 holes, a career watermark and a match for 54-hole program record set by senior Nick Seitz. In program history, Webb’s seven-under score ranked third in program history for a 54-hole tournament. He was a stroke away from beating his personal best score of eight under par.
Contributing to his success as lead golfer, Webb led the tournament in Par 4 shooting, averaging 3.79 strokes per hole and ended the tournament with 17 birdies.
Valpo placed 9th overall, making a jump from the 12th place position they held for most of the tournament.
Other notable players of the tournament included Seitz, juniors Michael Doherty and Adam Baracani, and freshmen Matthew McCarthy and Jeremy Wu, each posting solid scores throughout the weekend tournament.
These key golfers then looked to make a quick turnaround in order to keep good scores coming. The Crusaders headed to Dayton, Ohio for the Wright State tournament at Miami Valley Golf Course on April 4-5, where Webb sought to make a repeat performance and other team members were eager to increase their rankings.
Webb ended the Wright State tournament by posting a score two over par in the first round, then shaving off those additional strokes and shooting par for the course in the second round. Webb came in sixth overall, helping to earn the team a fourth-place finish in the tournament.
Coach Dave Gring attributes the score to putting errors and misjudged putting speed throughout the tournament.
“The speed on our putts is still not where it needs to be, and we need to do a better job leaving our long putts and downhill putts closer to the hole,” Gring said. “The greens were fast (during the tournament) and our team scoring will continue to improve when we reduce the 3-putts and make more birdie putts."