ST. JOHN | Valparaiso is playing its best golf of the season at the right time.
The Times No. 1 Vikings are separating themselves from the pack as conference and sectional nears, and they added another trophy to their coffers Saturday at the Lake Central Invitational.
“You just want to keep on a roll and keep getting better every week,” Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger said.
Valparaiso had three players score in the 70s to take the title for the second straight year with a 307, while No. 4 Crown Point scored a 315 for second. No. 7 Chesterton edged No. 3 Lake Central 318 to 319 for third.
Bobby Jacobs fired a one-over 73 to pace the Vikings, and he won a one-hole playoff with Andrean’s Jack Musgrave to take medalist honors.
“Bobby has caught on fire here,” Lichtenberger said. “He really picked up his game here this second half of the season. He’s playing very well.
“Not that he was playing bad the first half, he’s just elevated his game.”
Jacobs said everybody played well.
“I really like my team’s confidence right now,” he said. “I know our team with confidence is going to play better than a team without confidence. When you come out and expect to win, you’re going to shoot better scores.”
Kyle Meihofer and Andrew Gariup each carded a 75, while Patrick Andrie shot an 84.
Jacobs said the team’s goal is to win state.
“I think that’s a lot of teams goal,” he said. “We’ve got five seniors, we might as well try to make it happen.”
Lichtenberger said they’re taking it one step at a time.
“It’s a great group to watch, very close knit,” he said. “They know that we have a tough road to travel, going through Lafayette.”
Mike Lee shot a 76 to pace Crown Point, while Pat Mudd and Grant Miller each carded a 78.
“We’re at a point of the season where we’re trying to get better,” C.P. coach John Haas said. “Today was to come out here and get smarter.
“This is where the sectional is going to be, so if we can find a place where we can shave four or five strokes off as a team, then mission accomplished.”