VanArragon Wins Gene Miranda Invitational in Playoff
September 12, 2023 | 4 min.
By Michael R Fermoyle
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Caleb VanArragon broke just about every scoring record there was to be broken this summer while sweeping the championships of the Minnesota State Open and State Amateur. On Wednesday, he tied the Valparaiso school record for lowest score in relation to par while winning the Gene Miranda Invite.
Having shot 67 in each of the first two rounds at the Eisenhower GC, the Valpo fifth-year senior closed with a 3-under-par 69, for a 54-hole total of 203 (minus 13). With that, he tied Colorado State junior Christoph Bleier, who closed with a 67, and VanArragon then won a playoff for the individual title with a birdie on the first extra hole. Jakob Hrinda of George Washington University was the only other player within seven strokes of VanArraton and Blieir. He shot 70 and finished third at 206. It was another four back to Northern Iowa's Griffin Parker, who was fourth at 210. He moved up three places with a valedictory 69.
VanArragon started slowly in the second round on Tuesday, with bogeys on each of the first two holes, and then played the last 16 holes in 7 under. He was 1 over after a bogey at the par-3 third hole on Wednesday, but birdied each of the front-nine par 5s, the 610-yard fifth and the 587-yard ninth. He ran off three consecutive birdies on the back nine, at the par-5 11th, the par-4 12th and the par-3 13th, before surrendering a shot to par with a bogey at the 505-yard, par-4 15th. Blieir racked up six birdies and made his only bogey of the tournament at the 13th hole (181 yards).
Two of his teammates, Connor Jones and Jake Rodgers ended up in an eight-way tie for ninth place at 215, which helped Colorado State claim the team title at this tournament for the second year in a row -- and it wasn't close. The Rams put together a three-day total of 851, and Wyoming was 11 behind in second with an 862. Valparaiso tied UC Davis for third at 864.
There was one other Valpo player in the top 10 this week, and that was junior Anthony Delisantii, who tied for seventh at 213. It was Delisanti whose school record for most strokes under par in a tournament VanArragon tied. Delisanti set the record in the MVC (Missouri Valley Conference) Championships this spring at Oakwood CC in Coal Valley, Ill., (near Quad Cities), where he won the individual title for the second year in a row by shooting rounds of 66, 64 and 70, for a 54-hole aggregate of 200 (minus 13).
Gene Miranda Falcon Invite
At Eisenhower Golf Course
Par 72, 7,541 yards
Colorado Springs, Colo.
1. Colorado State 292-279-280--851
2. Wyoming 300-280-282--862
T3. Valparaiso 285-289-290--864
T3. UC Davis 293-279-292--864
T5. New Mexico State. 288-280-299--867
T5. SIU Edwardsville 295-289-283--867
7. Cal Poly 290-285-293--868
T8. CSU-Northridge 297-286-291--874
T8. Weber State 299-289-286--874
10. Utah State 304-290-282--876
11. UC San Diego 302-287-289--878
12. Missouri State 306-291-284--884
T13. Idaho 302-293-291--886
T13. South Dakota 297-295-294--886
15. Gonzaga 292-295-300--887
1. Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso 67-67-69--203 (won playoff with birdie on first extra hole)
2. Christoph Bleier, Colorado State 65-71-67--203 (-13)
3. Jacob Hrinda, Geo. Washington 70-66-70--206
4. Griffin Parker, Northern Iowa 70-71-69--210
5. Brendan Thomas, Weber State 69-70-72--211
6. Jackson Parrish, Cal Poly 71-70-71--212
T7. T.J Baker, SIU Edwardsville 71-70-72--213
T7. Anthony Delisanti, Valparaiso 70-71-72--213
T40. Cole Witherow, South Dakota 73-74-73--220
T40. Logan Hamak, South Dakota 73-72-75--220
T98. Aaron Kuznik, Air Force 77-76-79--232
NE Joe Rohlwing, South Dakota DNP-74-76--150