Men's Golf Returns to Action at Tinervin Cup
Jan. 27, 2012
Normal, Ill. -
The Illinois State men’s golf team will kick off their spring season Saturday, as they take part in the Illinois-hosted Tinervin Cup at the 7,038-yard, par-71 Coral Creek Club in Placida, Fla. The Redbirds are seeking to win their first Tinervin Cup since the head-to-head competition began in 2004.
Head men’s golf coach Ray Kralis is excited to begin the season, and sees the first event as a challenge against quality competition.
“Going against Illinois is always a treat,” said Kralis. “They’ve got two great players in Luke Guthrie and Thomas Pieters, who are both in the top-20 individually in the nation. I’ve got high expectations for us, because we’ve got a great group of talented players who are hungry to prove themselves.”
The Tinervin Cup is played in a format comparable to the Ryder Cup, beginning with three two-on-two, head-to-head, better ball matches in a morning session. Each match is worth one point, for a total of three possible points. The morning session is followed by six individual head-to-head, stroke-play matches in the afternoon. Each match in the afternoon is worth one point, for a total of six possible points.
Taking the course for the Redbirds in the first pair will be junior Ricky Hearden and sophomore Wils Hawn. Senior Eric Meier and junior Matt Solis will represent Illinois State in the second pair. Sophomore Parker Freiburg and freshman Jordan Fahel will round out the third pair.
Kralis is encouraged that his squad will have a strong spring season.
“I think collectively we’re going to step up as a group,” said Kralis. “We’ve all got room to step up, some more than others, but I feel we all need to move forward together.”
GoRedbirds.com: Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.