Boys Golf: Kyle Meihofer follows familiar script, leads Valpo to Palmira Cup win
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent April 20, 2013 10:46PM
Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer putts on the 18th taking 2 shots to make it in giving him a final score of 69 at Palmira in St. John, IN on Saturday April 20, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 7:19AM
ST JOHN — Despite the cold weather conditions at Palmira Golf Course, Valparaiso continued to play impressive golf as the Vikings came out victorious, defeating Lake Central and Penn to repeat as Palmira Cup champs.
Valparaiso was led by Kyle Meihofer, who shot medalist honors with an impressive 69. Meihofer came into the 17th hole with a 5-under, but once again the 18th hole got the best of him as he shot a bogey to end the day minus-3.
“I had the same score here last year coming into the final hole and ended with a five as I did this year,” Meihofer said. “But despite the five, I am very happy with the rest of my round and feel I am swinging well at this time of the season.”
Conditions were tough with cold winds howling throughout the course, and that made Valparaiso coach Wayne Lictenberger uncertain what to expect out of his team.
“I am extremely impressed with the performance of our team as well as the other teams under these very cold conditions,” he said. “I didn’t know how they would play, but to have under-par performances under these conditions is very pleasing to me.”
Meihofer had help from teammate Bobby Jacobs, who was under par with a 71. Jacobs attributed his success to his improved short game and didn’t seem phased by the weather at all.
“This is spring golf weather, we are used to playing in the cold, wind, and rain. We just came out and played, and as for my game, I have improved in my short game and that is what is leading to lower scores for me,” Jacobs said.
Lake Central got a solid performance, especially the consistent scoring from Matt Meneghetti, Kyle Theil and Rhett Barker, who all posted rounds of 79.
Valparaiso has started the season well but knows it will need to continue to improve as it moves toward warmer weather.
“We are pleased with our play at this time and know we will see some scores lower as the weather gets better,” Lictenberger said. “But we also know that will be the case with all the other teams in the area, so we need to continue to work toward improving as we have so far.”