The Illinois State University men’s golf team opened its season at the Badger Invitational Sunday, Sept. 7 in Madison, Wis. with a fourth-place finish in the 16 team, three-round tournament.

The Redbirds, shooting a team total 861, finished behind first-place Notre Dame (842), second place Kansas (856) and third place Mississippi (858).

Senior David Perkins lead the Redbirds as the top individual finisher, shooting under par in all three rounds of the tournament to finish tied for sixth place out of 96 golfers. Perkins started the first round strong, shooting a two-under-par (70). Perkins followed up his impressive start with his best round of golf coming in round two, shooting four-under-par (68).

The second round proved to be the best round of the tournament for the Redbirds. Freshman Parker Wisdom (70) and senior Joel Durnford (71) each shot under par to contribute to the team total 282.

In the last round of play, Perkins remained consistent, shooting two birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to finish the round one-under-par (71), once again leading the Redbirds to a third-round team total of 290.

Nevada’s Sam Harned was the tournament’s individual medalist, shooting a three-round total twelve-under par (204).

The Redbirds will next tee off on Sunday, Sept. 15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to compete in the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

The Illinois State women’s golf team battled back from a slow start to finish its home Redbird Invitational in eighth place on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Weibring golf club. The Redbirds shot a three-round total of 899 (292, 301, 306).

The two-day invitational saw 17 teams and 11 individuals compete in a three-round, 54-hole, tournament. Xavier claimed the team title with a three-round total score of 885. They were followed by Bradley (888), Ball State (891), Eastern Kentucky (892) and IUPUI (895) to round out the top five team places. Each of these top five teams now stands in the 10 lowest team scores in the invite’s history.

The Redbirds got off to a rough start early in day one of the invite, with only Sophomore Emma Sutton at or below par for the first nine holes. Sutton led the charge for the redbirds in the first round by opening the day off with a birdie on her first hole, a par 5, finishing the round shooting two bogeys and two more birdies and par for the rest of the course, ending the first round with a one-under 71.

The rest of the Redbirds battled back on the final nine holes, shooting six strokes under par to finish the opening-round 292.

In the second-round freshman, Emma Rouger led the Birds shooting a two-over 74. The freshman’s effort helped the team finish the round with a total of 301 and end day one of the invite with the Redbirds tied for sixth.

In the third and final round, the Redbirds were led by senior Becca Black who shot 74. The final day of the invite saw ISU have their worst round of the invite, shooting a team total of 306 and finishing them eighth in the 17 team invite.

Northern Illinois’ junior Caroline Klemp was the individual medalist shooting a three-round total of 215 is tied for the fifth-lowest individual score in the event’s history. k Conference Challenge.

KEVIN KOSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @_Koski_

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