After competing for two days in Zionsville, Ind., the Illinois State men’s golf team finished 11th at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate.
Prior to last weekend’s tournament, Coach Ray Kralis had strong feelings regarding how to get his team through the challenging course ahead of them.
“It’s you against the course,” Kralis said. “We need that workman mentality, and to be strong emotionally and mentally in order for us to be at our best right away.”
Coming off of a third-place performance at the first competition of the season, the Weibring Intercollegiate, it was important to the team to keep its momentum moving forward in order to do well at Wolf Run.
“We don’t have time to slow down, we’re right back at it and addressing things from last weekend we need to fix,” Kralis said.
At the end of the Redbirds’ first day in Zionsville, they had a team score of 631, putting them in 12th place. Illinois State players Wils Hawn and Jordan Fahel were tied with individual scores of 157 after the first two rounds of the tournament.
Directly behind Hawn and Fahel was freshman Kyle Meihofer, who debuted his college golf career by taking 12th place at the Weibring Intercollegiate.
The third round of competition began Sunday at 7:30 a.m. After their second day on the challenging Zionsville course, the Redbirds moved up to their final placement of 11th with a team score of 931.
Meihofer’s score of 231 led the Redbirds to their rise in the ranks, as well as leading himself to a tie for 46th place. Two strokes behind Meihofer was Hawn with a final score of 232.
Coach Kralis was pleased with the way his team handled the course with precision and ended the tournament on a positive note.
The Redbirds look forward to the rest of their competitive season, including travels to Florida, Arizona and Arkansas.
“We need time to develop as a team and get to where we’re capable of and I don’t think we’re there quite yet,” Kralis said. “However, we have a very talented group and I think they have the potential to go down as one of the better squads we’ve had at ISU.”
The ISU men’s golf team continues their competitive season on Sept. 29 at the Badger Invitational, held in Madison, Wis.