Men’s golf finishes last at ISU invite

Bob Reynolds, Sports Editor

The Eastern men’s golf team finished in last place out of 18 teams in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate at the par-71 Illinois State University Golf Course in Normal Sunday and Monday.

The Panthers finished with a team score of 959 in three rounds with their best score coming in round two with score of 312.

Eastern finished with 40 strokes behind 17th place Evansville, who finished with a 919.

Senior Austin Sproles was the top finisher for Eastern. He shot a three-round total of 234 with his low round coming at 3-over, 74.

Sproles shot a 5-over, 76 in round two and then struggled in round three, shooting 13-over-par.

Eastern freshman Alvaro Hernandez shot an individual total of 241 along with junior Daniel Hughes.

The duo tied for 90th place. Hernandez and Hughes both finished with scores of 84,77 and 80 for the three rounds.

Freshman Charlie Adare finished in 95th place with a total score of a 29-over, 252.

Junior Ryan Hughes rounded out the Panthers with a total score of 31, 254 and finished in 96 place.

Host Illinois State took the team title with a team score of a 12-over 862 in the three rounds.

The Redbirds shot team totals of 288, 287 and 287 in the three rounds of the tournament and never trailed.

Redbird freshman Trent Wallace paced Illinois State with a 2-under 211. His rounds of even-par, 71, 70 and 70 also won him the individual title.

Sophomore Zach Burry, junior Christian Crabill and senior Tyler Gentilella tied for seventh place with a 6-over 219.

Burry and Crabill shot a 73 for all three rounds and Gentilella shot 71 for the first two rounds and struggled with a 6-over 77 in round three.

Central Arkansas finished in second place in the tournament after shooting a team total of 878 for the tournament.

Freshman Lewis George and Luis Obiols tied for fourth place after shooting a 5-over, 218.

Obiols and George both shot rounds of even-par in the three rounds of the tournament.

Junior Ryan Shuttleworth shot a shot a 7-over 220 in the tournament with his best round coming in round two when he shot a 1-over, 71.

Western Illinois, Missouri State and Bradley University rounded out the top five teams in the tournament.

Bradley freshman Drake Bushong finished in second place as an individual with a score of 3-over, 214.

Bushong also had the best round out of any individual with 2-under 69.

Eastern will next travel to Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray, Ky. for the Murray State Fall Invitational.


Bob Reynolds can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].