Men's Golf Finishes Tied for Eighth at Firestone Invitational
Oct. 8, 2013
AKRON, Ohio -
The Illinois State men's golf team finished the Firestone Invitational with a team score of 883 (300-292-291) and tied with Davidson College for eighth place. Parker Freiburg fired off an impressive and personal best 4-under-par third round to tie his previous personal-best overall score of 215 (76-71-68), which put him tied for sixth place overall on the individual leaderboard.
Head coach Ray Kralis was disappointed in the overall outcome, but knows that it was a good overall learning experience.
"We saw glimpses of our potential, as we picked up six shots on par on the opening nine and moved up the leaderboard and into contention," Kralis said. "Unfortunately, a few bad shots at inopportune times on the back nine turned what could have been a special day into a disappointing outcome. While painful in some ways, this will be a valuable learning experience going forward, and I look forward to contending again and achieving our desired outcome. Individually, Parker played a great round when we needed it to cap off a very solid tournament."
Rounding out the Redbird lineup was Wils Hawn, who shot a 219 (72-72-75) and tied for 21st, while Jordan Fahel finished tied for 32nd, after carding a 222 (75-73-74). Tyler Gentilella finished the invitational with a score of 227 (77-76-74), and Kyle Meihofer scored a 237 (78-83-76).
South Carolina- Aiken claimed first place with a team score of 871 (295-294-282), while Washington State took second with a score of 873 (298-291-293). Eastern Michigan golfer, Stuart Grehan took first place overall, after carding two-consecutive 5-under-par rounds to finish with a score of 207 (73-67-67). Carr Vernon from Akron took second place with a score of 210 (71-71-68).
Though the 17-team field was extremely competitive, Illinois State was able to defeat Nebraska, as well as Georgetown and Francis Marion.
"From a team standpoint, we have made big steps forward this fall in part because of and despite some bumps in the road," Kralis said. "We are much stronger now than at the start of the season, and we are nowhere near done yet."
The Redbirds have a three month break before returning to competition January 25, in Placida, Fla., in-state rival, Illinois.
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