In Bloomington, Ind., the Redbirds took part in the NYX Hoosier Invitational this past weekend, which hosted 14 teams at the IU Golf Course. After day one, ISU sat in ninth place with a team score of 593 (300-293).
They would not be content with a ninth place finish, however, coming back in the final round to shoot a top-three team score for the round with a 289. This landed the ‘Birds with a score of 882 (300-293-289) for the tournament, which was good for sixth place, including finishing ahead of Missouri Valley Conference’s Evansville.
After the first two rounds, head coach Ray Kralis was confident that his team would come back with low numbers in the third.
“We talk about managing our mind and emotions when on the course, but it is just as important between rounds, as well,” Kralis said after day one concluded. “Today was just one day, and we need to flush and forget most of it. It doesn’t change who we are or what we are capable of. Parker’s opening round 70 was a bright spot, and it was great to see Josh come through with a 70 in round two. I am confident we’ll give our low numbers more support tomorrow.”
The first two rounds were led by senior Parker Freiburg, who was tied for 11th individually after his eagle and sixth birdies earned him a 144 (70-74). Josh Edison ended the first day tied for 18th place after shooting 1-under-par in the second round, with a two-round score of 145 (75-70). Sophomore Tyler Gentilella shot a 152 (77-75), which was good for 55th place individually, while Wils Hawn ended the day with a score of 155 (81-74). Jordan Fahel rounded out the Redbird scorecard with a 156 (78-78).
Kralis was pleased to see his team’s improvement in the final round of the tournament as well as the leadership displayed by junior Edison.
“I couldn’t be happier for Josh, it is great to see his work and effort rewarded with a 14th-place finish in a solid field of over 70 players,” Kralis said. “We played solid today with one of the low three team scores. We can take some positives going forward, but we need to tighten some things up over the next couple weeks leading in Missouri Valley Conference Championships.”
Edison’s third round score was a 72, which landed him at a 217 (75-70-72). Freiburg’s 78 in the third round earned him a 31st-place finish individually at 222 (70-74-78). Hawn shot a par-71 in the final round, which would put him at a 226 (81-74-71) along with Gentilella (77-75-74), both tying for 46th place. Fahel ended tied for 55th place with a score of 228 (78-78-72).
The Redbirds now prepare for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Monday, April 28 in Silvis, Ill. ISU has been strong against conference teams all year and hopes to make a statement in their last tournament of the season.