Ward finished in second place with a final score of 168 strokes. Head coach Mark Clouse says Ward is really hitting her stride right now.
"It was very nice to see Ward do well. She's been hitting the ball very well as of late, and it was really nice to her come through with some good scores," said Clouse.
Valdes, who grew up in Morelia, Mexico, received tied-for-fourth-place honors after finishing the golf tournament with a final score of 171.
Valdes tied for fourth place alongside Mount Mercy University "B-Team" women's golfer Mackenzie Noble. Bethany College (Kan.) golfer Aspen Bryant was the best one on the links by registering a final score of 155.
The golf tournament took place on Sept. 9-10 at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion, Iowa.
Overall, it was a very successful tournament for Waldorf. The Warriors finished in third place with a final score of 709 strokes. Mount Mercy University and Bethany College tied for first place, as each team combined to tally for 691 strokes at the golf invite.
All of the Waldorf golfers finished in the Top 25 for individual accomplishments. Nicole Misner's 184 score was good enough to tie for 13th place, while Haleigh Biernacki finished in 18th place by posting a final score of 190.
Clouse isn't surprised that Misner finished with the third-best score on the team. Even though she's just a freshman, Clouse points out that Misner is transitioning well from high school golf to the intercollegiate level.
"She's accumulating well to collegiate golf and progressing well. I like what I see from her," said Clouse.
Halle Hauer rounded out the list of five team golfers for the Warriors by finishing tied for 23rd place. Her score of 196 tied for 23rd place with Southwestern Community College women's golfer Sydney Goltl and Waldorf junior Haley Lawrence.
"Hauer had a really good front-nine and a good score overall. It was nice to see her have a good score at the event," Clouse said.
Because each university could only have five golfers be eligible participate in the team score, Lawrence chose to participate in the individual division. Peru State College's Emily Whipple also competed in the individual division. Whipple finished in 12th place with a final score of 181 strokes.
The Warriors will not travel far for their next tournament. They head to Mason City on Tuesday and will participate in the Trojan Invitational. The invitational begins at 9 a.m.
"We have some more practice ahead us as we prepare for the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Championships on Sept. 25-26," said Clouse.