Redbirds sit in Sixth Place at Firestone Invitational

Oct. 7, 2013

AKRON, Ohio -

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With colder weather throughout the day and an extremely competitive field, the Illinois State men's golf team sits in sixth place with a team score of 592 (200-292), after two rounds at the Firestone Invitational. Wils Hawn led the Redbirds by shooting two-consecutive par rounds for a score of 144 (72-72) and is currently tied for eighth place.

Head coach Ray Kralis was pleased with the team's ability to progress throughout the day and believes that the team will finish the fall season on a strong note.

"I was very pleased with our mental toughness Monday in challenging conditions," Kralis said. "Cold temperatures and steady winds tested everyone's patience, and yet we got better as the day went on. Wils played two strong rounds for us, and Parker (Freiburg) and Jordan (Fahel) posted good numbers in round two to keep us in the mix. We'll need a strong team effort Tuesday with so many teams bunched near the top, but I am confident this group will deliver."

Parker Freiburg carded a 147 (76-71) and is tied for 15th, while Jordan Fahel is tied for 20th place, after finishing the second round with a 148 (75-73). Tyler Gentilella shot a 153 (77-76) and Kyle Meihofer finished the day with a 161 (78-83).

Washington State currently leads the field with a team score of 580 (289-291), while Kansas State is in second, after finishing the second round with a total of 588 (294-294). Matt Green of Kansas State finished the day with a score of 140 (71-61) and is tied for first with Eastern Michigan golfer Stuart Grehan, after he carded a 67 in the second round to end with a score of 140 (73-67).

Illinois State is currently ahead of Georgetown, Miami (Ohio), and Big Ten school, Nebraska. The Redbirds will return to competition Tuesday for an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start to complete the tournament as well as wrap up the fall season.

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