KELLER, Texas - The Fighting Leathernecks 2013 spring season concluded with a fourth-place finish at The Summit League Championships Wednesday (April 24) afternoon in Texas. Western Illinois finished with a three-round score of 917 (298-308-311) and was led by sophomore Nate Davis who finished fourth individually with a 221 (71-74-76).
"We really gained a lot of confidence over the final weeks of our spring season," said head coach Mel Blasi. "We return everyone except senior Ben Kilborn next year, so hopefully this year's league championship finish will be a stepping stone for better things next year."
Western's , a Winchester, Ill. native, kicked-off the meet with a 71 in the opening round before carding a 74 and 76 in rounds two and three, giving him a fourth-place score of 211 (+5). The sophomore had three eagles, six birdies and 31 pars throughout the championship.
"It was great to see Nate (Davis) finish strong today, finishing in the top five and earning a spot on the all-tournament team," continued coach Blasi. "This will give Nate a big boost heading into next season."
Davis' three eagles led all participants, and his -9 on par five holes was a tournament-best. He was named to the Summit League's All-Tournament team for his fourth-place finish. Last season fellow Leatherneck Ben Kilborn was the lone Leatherneck on the all-tournament team after finishing tied for fourth-place.
Junior Matt Calder finished 19th overall with a three-round score of 231. The Crystal Lake, Ill. native finished round one with a 79 before firing a 75 in the second round and a 77 in the final 18 holes. Calder had six birdies and 30 pars throughout the tournament.
"Matt (Calder) became a solid contributor to our team this spring, and Dan Bidle and Peter McKinzie were two of our steadiest players," said Blasi. "We will certainly miss Ben (Kilborn) next year. He has been rock solid for us all spring."
One stroke behind Calder and finishing in a tie for 20th-place was Dan Bidle. The Junior finished with a 232 after carding scores of 77, 78 and 77. The Virginia, Minn. native recorded four birdies and 31 pars throughout the meet.
Senior Peter McKinzie finished tied for 36th-place after each tallied a 238. Kilborn's score was made up of a 76, 81 and 81, while McKinzie's was a 74, 81 and an 83. Kilborn led Western with nine birdies and had 22 pars. McKinzie had two eagles, five birdies and 14 pars.
UMKC earned the team title with an 880 (295-298-287) and had the top three individual golfers in Korbin Kuehn who finished first (69-78-69--216), Antoine Rozner (69-75-73--217) finished second, and Nathan Hughes took third (76-73-71--220).
South Dakota (899) and South Dakota State (912) finished second and third, respectively.
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