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Feel at home: Kylie Shoemake, Valparaiso is pleased to host conference tournaments in women's golf

Kylie Shoemake finishes her golfing career at Valparaiso University in front of a local population.

Shoemake, a senior from Lake Central, will lead the Crusaders at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. On Monday and Tuesday, only two rounds were held at Sand Creek Country Club. The scheduled opening round on Sunday was postponed due to bad weather.

This is the first time that Valparaiso has hosted a conference tournament in any sport in the Missouri Valley, and it was the first time that the women's golf program ever hosted a conference tournament, said sports information deputy director Brandon Vickrey.

Shoemake, golfer no. 1 of the Crusaders, plays in their last event.

"I'm really excited to be hosting the conference," she said. "I am sad that it has an end for me."

Tiffany Curtis, a junior from Crown Point, likes to play in a place she knows.

"I'm really excited that we can play in the area," Curtis said. "It should be fun."

Valparaiso coach Jill McCoy is also excited about hosting the tournament.

She may be more excited that the program can finally practice on her home course after the tournament.

The Crusaders moved from this school year their home school from The Course in Aberdeen to Sand Creek.

However, the crusaders were banned from playing the course for a year before a tournament because the conference did not want to give them an unfair advantage.

Sand Creek has the best practice facilities in the area as well as three 9-hole courses. McCoy said the game should have a long term impact on the program.

"We just have so much more space," McCoy said.

Valparaiso played at Sand Creek in the three-day MVC Fall Preview Tournament and finished ninth of nine teams. The winner of the conference tournament goes to the NCAA Regional.

The state of Missouri is the favorite to win. The Bears won the Preview Tournament with two strokes over the state of Illinois.

McCoy said that being close to home should help her team.

"You will not be afraid to travel," McCoy said.

McCoy has had her team practice putting and chipping in preparation for the tournament.

She said the Crusaders are not in a realistic position to win, but they would like to move up from their last place in the preview.

The forecast is for windy and cold weather.

"We worked a lot on our short game," McCoy said. "We know that we will not hit all the greens. We have to take our hits when they come. We will do bogeys. We just do not want to post big numbers. "

mhutton@post-trib.com

Twitter @MikeHuttonPT

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