Redbirds Split Day One at The Match Play
Feb. 13, 2012
ORLANDO – The Illinois State men’s golf team split its first two matches at The Match Play Monday at the Watson Course at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Redbirds fell to USC Upstate in the morning 3.5 - 2.5, before rebounding to defeat Marquette 4.5 - 1.5.
Head men’s golf coach Ray Kralis enjoyed the competitiveness his squad showed, and is pleased with how they have played in the tournament thus far.
“Overall, I thought we had a pretty solid day,” said Kralis. “You have to give USC Upstate credit, as they played well. It was a tight match with great competition, and at the end they played just a little better than us. In the afternoon, I was pleased to see how our guys responded. Obviously we wanted to be on the winner’s side of the bracket, but we continued to play well. We received nice performances from all of our players, and it was great to see Ryan Murphy come out strong. To see him, along with Matt Solis, put points up on the board in both matches was great. We’re looking forward to competing again tomorrow against a solid team in DePaul.”
Under excellent weather and course conditions, Illinois State lost their first matchup against USC Upstate by a narrow margin of 3.5 – 2.5. In the first pairing, junior Ricky Hearden lost to the Spartans’ Adam Goins 3-and-2. In the second group, sophomore Wils Hawn finished halfed with Matthew Hopper. The Redbirds gained a victory in the third group, with Solis defeating Brad Sill 2-up. The Spartans’, however, gained two 4-and-3 victories with Tyler Comer and Brian Horton defeating senior Eric Meier and freshman Jordan Fahel, respectively. Rounding out the first match, Murphy added another win for Illinois State, as he closed out Danny Brock 3-and-2.
In the afternoon, the Redbirds vanquished Marquette by a tally of 4.5 -1.5. Hearden finished off Michael Motz 6-and-5, while Hawn once again halfed against Adam Chester. Posting his second victory of the day, Solis defeated Corey Konieczki 5-and-3 as Meier upended Matt Haase 2-and-1. Fahel fell to C.J. Swift 3-and-1, but Murphy added another victory by winning 7-and-6 over Will Joiner.
Illinois State will resume action Tuesday morning as they face in-state foe DePaul. If victorious, the Redbirds will play the winner of Connecticut and Loyola Chicago for the The Match Play’s consolation bracket final.
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