Men's Golf Sits in Second Place at NYX Hoosier Invitational
April 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Illinois men's golf team ended day one in second place, firing a team score of 571 (284-287) at the NYX Hoosier Invitational Saturday.
The Redbirds received huge performances by freshman Tyler Gentillella, who led the team with a two-round score of 137 (65-72) and senior Matt Solis, who carded a 69 in round two, to sustain a day one second-place finish for the team.
"The guys did a good job managing themselves and hung in there on a day when it was critical to stay patient and confident, because of the winds and early season conditions," head coach Ray Kralis explained. "Tyler's 65 in the opening round gave us a huge boost, and Matt's 69 in round two was big as well."
While being consistent hindered the Redbirds in competing at their highest level in the first half of the year, Kralis has seen major improvement amongst the team and is confident going into the final round of play.
"I like the growth I am seeing in this group." Kralis said. "Our consistency is much improved, and everyone has given us solid contributions in recent weeks. Sunday will be a great test for us, but this group is ready to meet that challenge."
Junior Ricky Hearden and Solis both finished with a two-round score of 143 (72-71) (74-69) to end day one.
Rounding out the lineup for the Redbirds is junior Parker Freiburg, who fired a day one score of 148 (73-75), one stroke better than junior Wils Hawn, who tallied a two-round score of 149 (74-75) to end day one.
Indiana leads the field with a team score of 561, followed by Illinois State (571) and Michigan (575).
The Redbirds will complete the final round of play Sunday at 9 a.m.
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