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Men’s golf concludes fall season

Men’s golf concludes fall season

Junior Trent Wallace competes at the NCAA Tournament in May 2017 (Photo Courtesy: Redbird Athletics)

NORMAL – The Illinois State men’s golf team wrapped up its fall season last week with a second-place finish at the Little Rock Invitational in Little Rock, Ark.

Redbird junior Trent Wallace placed first on the individual leaderboard as one of only three golfers to finish under par in the final round. Wallace finished the tournament with a 6-under-par 210 (71-68-71).

Redbird senior Zach Burry finished at 6-over-par 222 (73-70-79) and tied for fourteenth on the individual leaderboard.

Burry averaged a 216 throughout the six invitation’s this fall, with the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin being his best score. He finished at eight under par and a score of 208 through three rounds.

“That was a course that fit my eye and I knew if I played well there I could do well there and I really liked that course,” Burry said about Wisconsin.

While the fall season may be over, Burry still showed excitement for this team come spring and described it as the best team he has ever been a part of.

“When we play well we can beat some really good teams,” said Burry. “I think we’ve done a good job of not letting rounds get away from us when we don’t play well, so we kind of still keep ourselves in it. When we do play well, we can make that jump up and catch some teams, so it’s a lot of fun.”

ISU has had trouble in the past getting off to great starts in the spring and Burry said that the key to success in the spring season is competing better early in the season.

“The past couple years we’ve struggled at those early tournaments so if we want to continue to improve our ranking, we have to be ready to play by then,” said Burry.

He also said that the team should go out in the spring with almost no expectations, so they can free themselves up a little and play without any anxiety.

Burry talked about the culture of Redbird golf that he and fellow senior Jason Marrs have reinforced within the clubhouse. They’ve made sure that everyone does the right things and have cut out all shortcuts. They have also put a focus on doing the little things correctly.

“I think it has shown based on our play that we’ve done the right things,” said Burry. “We stick to a process when we practice and a game plan of if we do everything right, stuff will fall in place and we’re going to start doing the right things. Outcomes have started to be a lot better just based on the finishes we’ve had. I think it’ll show in the spring that we’ve done the right things.”

The 2018 spring season will kick off on Feb. 12 when South Alabama hosts the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala.

Kade Heather contributed to this story.

WZND Sports

November 1st, 2017

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