ST. JOHN | The past week’s weather was more suitable for ducks than shooting for birdies, but it didn’t stop Valparaiso from putting together a solid round of golf Saturday at the Palmira Golf Club.
The Times No. 1 Vikings repeated as Briar Cup Invitational champions with a 308, outdistancing host Lake Central’s 329. Penn was third with 336. Each team had eight golfers and the top four counted in the scoring.
“The course handled the rain really well,” said Valpo’s Kyle Meihofer, who took medalist honors with a 3-under 69. “It all drained extremely well, and it was dry for the most part out there.”
Meihofer had two birdies, and eagle and a double-eagle on hole No. 15.
“This course suits our team well,” he said.
Senior Bobby Jacobs, who fired a 71, said it was a great team win.
“It’s awesome. The team did great,” he said. “Everybody is having a good time, and nobody is putting so much pressure on themselves.
“We all just kind of just have fun and rely on each other.”
Jacobs said his short game was working for him. After bogeying the first hole, he completed the round with two birdies and 15 pars.
“I putted a lot better than I have been recently,” he said. “That’s how you bring your score down -- the short game.”
The rain kept most teams indoors this week, so Valpo coach Wayne Lichtenberger was more than pleased with his team’s play considering the low 40-degree weather.
“I don’t know how they did it,” he said. “I really don’t. Those are pretty tough conditions. To have one 3-under par and one one-under par, anything just close to par today was just amazing with these conditions.
“The kids played their hearts out today. It was great to watch.”
Kyle Thiel, Matt Meneghetti and Rhett Barker each carded a 79 to pace the No. 7 Indians.
Lichtenberger said he’s happy where his team is at a few weeks into the season.
“We’re right where I’d expect and when it warms up, we’ll figure out four and five (positions),” he said. “I think our scores can drop a little bit. The problem is everybody else’s will too, so we’ve got to keep up with the competition in the area.”