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Junior Dan Bidle.
Courtesy: WIU Visual Productions Center
Junior Dan Bidle.
Leathernecks Finish 12th in The Farms Collegiate Invitational
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 02/12/2013
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RANCHO SANTA FE
, Calif. -
Fighting Leatherneck men's golf concluded its first action of the 2013 spring season with a 12th-place finish in
The Farms Collegiate Invitational with a three-round team score of 973 (322, 334, 317).

Head coach Mel Blasi discussed the Leathernecks first invite of the season, and how dificult the course was.

"It's always good to get that first competitive round out of the way," said Blasi. "Obviously we didn't play as well as we would have liked. The Farms Golf Course is an extremely challenging course with a lot of trouble. Playing on a course like this early in the year is always difficult and we took a lot of penalty shots from a few errant shots."

Pacific earned the team title with a score of 872, while Saint Mary's (875) and Missouri (894) rounded out the top-three. Missouri's Emilio Cuartero carded an invite-low 215 to earn the individual crown.

Senior Ben Kilborn and Junior Dan Bidle led the way for Western. Kilborn finished tied for 36th-place with a three-round score of 232 (74, 80, 78) and Bidle carded a 244 (79, 80, 85) to finish 58th, individually.

"Ben Kilborn had a solid tournament, continued Blasi. "His play was very consistent from tee to green."

Sophomore Nate Davis, junior Peter McKenzie and freshman Tyler Thorman rounded out Western's lineup.

Davis tallied a 251 (87, 87, 77) and finished 65th, right ahead of McKenzie who finished  in 66th -place with a score of 252 (84, 87, 81). Thorman carded a 264 (85, 98, 81) and finished in 67th-place.

Freshman Nick Steffens golfed as an individual, and finished in 68th-place with a three-round total of 273 (87, 98, 88).

The Leathernecks take a month off before continuing their spring schedule March 11-12 in Jacksonville, Fla. for the Benbow Invitational hosted by Butler.

To view the Leathernecks' remaining schedule, click HERE.

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