Men's Golf Tied for Eighth Place after Two Rounds at Louisiana Classics
March 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. - With three ranked teams competing in the 29th Annual Louisiana Classics, the Illinois State men's golf team is facing another tough field of opponents at the Oakbourne Country Club. The Redbirds shot a two-round score of 590 (293-297) and are tied for eighth place with Texas State in the field of 12. ISU was led by Tyler Gentilella, who shot a two-round score of 144 (72-72), and is sitting in a tie for 20th place on the individual leaderboard.
"We had a solid team effort in the opening round to put us in a good position, but we didn't get the same consistency in round two, while other teams made a move," head coach Ray Kralis said. "Without a low number or two, we need production from everyone to be competitive in a field as strong as this one. Thankfully, there is another round to play, and I am confident we will come ready to compete Tuesday."
After a fog delay to start the day, Wils Hawn fired a 74 in the first round and improved with a 72 in the second round for a combined score of 146 (74-72). The senior is sitting in a tie for 29th place. Parker Freiburg shot a two-round score of 150 (74-76) and is currently tied for 47th place on the individual leaderboard. A stroke behind Freiburg was Jordan Fahel, who carded a day one score of 151 (74-77), while Josh Edison rounded out the Redbird lineup with a 154 (73-81). Fahel and Edison are in a tie for 53rd place and 61st place, respectively, at the end of the first day of competition.
No. 9 Illinois holds a commanding lead over the field with a team score of 549 (279-270). The next closest team to the Illini is No. 33 LSU with a two-round score of 562 (280-282), while Louisiana sits five strokes behind LSU in third place with a 567 (281-286). The other ranked opponent, No. 47 New Mexico State, is ahead of ISU in seventh place with a score of 585 (296-289). The Redbirds head into the final round of play with a lead over Southeastern Louisiana (594), Southern Mississippi (598) and Kansas (601).
Due to the threat of weather in the Lafayette region Tuesday, the final round start has been changed to a shotgun format. The Redbirds will tee off at 8 a.m.
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