Men's Golf Takes Second at Valley Championship

April 30, 2013

Final Stats

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Illinois State men's golf team finished second at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, carding a team score of 890 (297-296-297) Tuesday. The Redbirds ended the first day of play in second place behind Wichita State, but couldn't pass the Shockers in the final round.

Although the second-place finish is not what the team was looking for, head coach Ray Kralis is proud of the strong team effort that his players exerted throughout the year.

"I feel real good about a second-place finish," Kralis said. "It's a little emotional with the season coming to an end, but at the same time, the way this team grew throughout the year, the accountability they displayed and the challenges they faced collectively gelled them as a group, and we got better as the year went on. Our players should really hold their heads up high."

Senior Matt Solis led the Redbirds with a three-round score of 221 (73-76-72) to finish tied for seventh in the tournament. Junior Wils Hawn finished tied for 10th, carding a tournament score of 224 (79-71-74). Hawn struggled in the first round, but regrouped in the final two rounds to claim All-Valley honors. Three strokes behind Hawn was junior Parker Freiburg, who tallied a three-round score of 227 (77-74-76).

Both senior Ricky Hearden and freshman Tyler Gentilella rounded out the lineup, firing a score of 228 (74-75-79) (73-80-75), respectively, to end the tournament tied in 17th place.

Wichita State led the nine-team field, carding a team score of 858 (288-281-289) followed by Illinois State (890) and Southern Illinois (896) in third. It was the sixth-consecutive conference championship for the Shockers.

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