CHESTERTON — Sometimes, golf's not about putting up low numbers, it's about not putting up high numbers.
Valparaiso prevailed in a battle of attrition in Monday afternoon's Duneland Athletic Conference tournament at The Brassie, edging Lake Central, 346-349.
"It was one of those matches where it was who gave who the match," Valpo coach Bill Miller said. "We really thought heading in that we were going to lose by a couple. We fell apart for a stretch of four holes, then the next four or five, it was a total turnaround and Lake Central fell apart. Lake Central's one of the top teams in the state. We're always right there, a few shots off, so it's really nice to finally get them."
Balanced scoring made the difference, with four Vikings shooting between 84 and 89 with Grace Cusson leading the team.
"I'll always take four scores in the 80s," Miller said. "Most of them were well over their averages. Grace was probably the most consistent. We won the Pat Ford (Invitational on Friday), so we came in with some good momentum. For whatever reason, we don't play very well here, but the last three, four weeks, we played several practice rounds and were headed in the right direction, so I thought we had a good shot."