Men's Golf Sits in 10th After Day One in N.M.
Oct. 25, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Illinois State men's golf finished the first day of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in 10th place after the Redbirds shot a 26-over-par 594 (290-304), just one stroke behind Texas State's 593 (285-308).
Leading the `Birds is senior Will Cullen after carding a three-over-par 145 and tying for 14th. Cullen fired a three-under-par 68 in the first round Monday, and followed in the second round with a 77. Junior Eric Meier ended the day tied for 20th place with a five-over-par 147 (72-75), and senior Jeff Kellen finished with a seven-over-par 149 (76-73).
"Cullen's 68 was big for us in the first round and kept us right in the mix," head coach Ray Kralis said. "Unfortunately, we struggled as a team in the afternoon and didn't keep pace. We did have some positive things going throughout the day, but we let some shots slip away near the end of the rounds. We'll take those positives with us and look for a stronger team effort tomorrow."
Host school, New Mexico State leads the 14 visiting teams with a six-over-par 574 (276-298), as Timothy Madigan is in first place with a six-under-par 136 (63-73). Idaho's Matt Rawitzer sits two strokes behind Madigan, after carding a four-under-par 138 (68-70).
The third and final round will tee off at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.
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