The Redbirds were able to push ahead with a great team effort, making them the top finishers of the four competing Valley schools.
After the first round, Ricky Hearden tallied a 3-under-par 69, putting him in a tie for fifth place.
Although there has been great individual play, head coach Ray Kralis is looking for a team effort to compete in this week's tournament.
Although the Redbirds fell short of meeting their expectations, highlights of improvements were seen throughout tournament play.
Although this is was one the strongest playing fields the Redbirds have faced, the team continued to put pressure on some of the top ranked teams in the country.
2012-13: Competed in 18 rounds during the 2012-13 season ... finished the season with a stroke-average of 79.1 ... had a season best three-round score of 231 (77-79-75) at the Fairway Club Invitational (September 10-11).
Prior to ISU: Attended St. Thomas of Villanova in LaSalle, ON... named male athlete of the year in 2011... won Jamieson Junior Golf Tour in 2012...finished second in the Michigan Jr. Amateur in 2010.... won Essex-Kent Golf tournament in 2009...set club scoring record in Junior club championship in 2008.
Personal: Majoring in business administration...born Dec. 29, 1993...son of Robert and Brenda Pope-Ferguson.