Boys golf: Valparaiso wins with 2nd straight strong round
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 22, 2013 11:14PM
Valparaiso senior Bobby Jacobs watches his tee shot to the par-3 8th hole during the DAC tournament at the Brassie in Chesterton Wednesday May 22, 2013. Jacob took medalist honors with a 1-under-par 71. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:23PM
CHESTERTON — Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger was worried about the dreaded letdown.
The Vikings had played a marvelous round of golf on Tuesday, shooting a school-record 140 for nine holes at Forest Park in a Duneland Conference match against Lake Central and Merrillville.
It’s hard to be really good two days in a row. It’s also hard for the Vikings to be good at the DAC tournament. Last year, Valparaiso imploded and finished in fifth place in the conference meet.
Wednesday, the Vikings followed up with a round that was just as impressive as their Tuesday score, shooting a 295. Unofficially, that appears to be a record, according to Fred Mitchell, the assistant athletic director at Chesterton who doubles as the tournament director. Mitchell couldn’t remember a score under 300.
Lichtenberger couldn’t have been happier about how the day went. His team is made up of five seniors (six really) and the Vikings could cruise into the tournament.
They have done just the opposite, basically crushing the competition all year in local 18-hole tournaments, in which they are undefeated. The win also sealed up the DAC title for Valparaiso.
“These guys have showed a lot of maturity,” Lichtenberger said.
The maturity starts at the top of the lineup, where Bobby Jacobs and Kyle Meihofer, who have played Nos. 1 and 2 or 2 and 1 for four seasons, carded 71 and 72, respectively.
Jacobs has been the anchor lately, winning the Lake Central Invitational last week in a playoff and doing the same thing again. He beat Michigan City’s Aaron Skibinski, a freshman, in a two hole playoff.
Meihofer and Jacobs sport contrasting styles of play.
Meihofer likes to bomb it off the tee and go for pins. Jacobs plays like a metronome when things are going well.
Meihofer finished with six birdies and six bogeys — one on No. 18, an easy par five that really hurt him — while Jacobs had an eagle, a birdie and two bogeys.
The different approaches work well for the Vikings, who just want to win in the end.
“I don’t really care what my score is as long as the team is doing well,” Meihofer said.
Said Jacobs: “The team is playing so well, it doesn’t feel like you have to do anything special to win.”
They really don’t — as long as they hit their numbers. Andrew Gariup carded a 75 and Patrick Andrie rounded out the scoring with a 77.
The round by Skibinski was very impressive.
Skibinski started his day with a bogey and a double bogey.
Then a rain storm hit and the players were called off the course for 35 minutes.
Skibinski wasn’t happy.
“I was ready to go home,” he said.
He regrouped and made five birdies in his last 16 holes. None of his putts were longer than 10 feet.
“I was just feeling it,” he said.
Skibinski lost the playoff on No. 17 when he lipped out a putt for par from six feet.