Men's Golf Ends Day One Tied for 11th, Despite Weather Conditions

Feb. 18, 2013


MOBILE, Ala. - After battling tough conditions and strong winds, the Illinois State men's golf team finished day one tied for 11th place at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate Tournament, firing a team score of 303 Monday.

"The wind was definitely a factor swirling through the trees and gusting, so you had to be mentally tough and decisive with your plan," explained head coach Ray Kralis. "While the conditions drove the scores up, I was pleased with how we carried ourselves and battled the entire day."

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.

"I saw positives across the board, and worthy of note were Tyler's opening round 74 and the way Josh battled back after a tough start in his debut," said Kralis. "Both showed they can be a major factor for us."

The Redbirds were led by freshman Tyler Gentilella, who carded a day one score of 77, tying him for 34th. Junior Wils Hawn and senior Ricky Hearden, tallied a score of 76, two strokes better than freshman Tyler Pope-Ferguson, who ended day one with a score of 74.

Rounding out the lineup for the Redbirds was sophomore Josh Edison, who fired a score of 82.

Auburn leads the field with a team score of 285, followed by Memphis (292) and Illinois (290).

The Redbirds will be back on the course Tuesday to finish the final 18-holes. Play will begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.