Illinois State Hosts 14th Annual D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate
Jeff Kellen
Jeff Kellen

Oct. 10, 2008

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's golf team will host the 14th annual D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 12-13. There will be 15 teams participating and will feature a 54-hole format, with 36-holes scheduled for Sunday followed by 18-holes Monday.

The original par-71 at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University will be changed to a par-70 for this weekend's tournament. The yardage for the tournament has not been finalized.

The Redbirds are coming off a second-place finish in the ORU Shoot-Out, shooting an 894 (292-306-296), while three Redbirds placed in the top-10. Tommy Bliefnick and Jeff Kellen both tied for sixth-place, shooting 4-over-par 220's, while Joe Emerich clinched 10th-place, shooting 223.

Head coach Ray Kralis thinks this tournament will be a good measuring stick to see where his team stands.

"There are a lot of good teams playing this week, including No. 1 Illinois, so it's going to take low numbers to win," said Kralis. "If we play our game and keep the momentum rolling from the last few weeks, we will do fine."

The Illinois State lineup will consist of Bliefnick, Emerich, Kellen, Kyle Bragg and Ben Murphy. Competing individually for the Redbirds will be Will Cullen, Eric Meier, Matt Ryba and Drew North.

The field will include Eastern Illinois, top-ranked Illinois, Illinois Central College, Lewis, Lindenwood, Loyola College, Oakland, SIU-Edwardsville and Western Illinois. Fellow Missouri Valley Conference teams participating will be Bradley, Creighton, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois.



The Redbirds took third-place in the 2007 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate behind two course records set by juniors Bliefnick and Emerich. Emerich scorched the course by setting the tone early for the `Birds, firing a 7-under-par 63 on the opening round. Bliefnick matched his fellow teammate on the final-round, firing a 63 of his own, propelling Illinois State into third-place. Chris DeForest of Illinois also carded a 7-under-par 63 on the final round.

Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with a shotgun and will resume Monday at 9:30 a.m. for the conclusion of the tournament.