GLENVIEW, Ill. - The Western Illinois men's golf team turned in its best score of the 2013 Kemper Sports Intercollegiate at The Glen Club Tuesday (April 16) in the final round (293), and concluded the invite in ninth-place with a three-round score of 906.
The Fighting Leathernecks' 293 in the final round marks their best outing away from home this spring. The only better round recorded by Western in 2013 came a couple weeks ago in the team's 41st Annual Beu Mussatto Invitational when they carded a 292 in the second round.
"It was a great tournament for us," said head coach Mel Blasi. "All five guys contributed and we did the little things very well today which resulted in five good scores. We have gotten better each tournament this spring and we're playing our best golf at the right time as we head into The Summit League Championships next week."
Junior Dan Bidle, junior Matt Calder and senior Ben Kilborn each fired a 73 in the final round of the invite. Bidle's final round of 73 was a spring-best for the Virginia, Minn. native, and he finished in a tie for 30th with a three-round score of 225 (77-75-73).
Calder was only a stroke behind Bidle with a 226 (76-77-73), finishing tied for 33rd, while Kilborn ended the invite tied for 45th, only two strokes behind Calder with a 228 (80-75-73).
Kilborn led all Leathernecks playing 36 holes at an even par, while Bidle pared 25.
Not far behind Western's top three were sophomore Nate Davis who finished in a tie for 51st with a score of 231 (75-81-75), and junior Peter McKinzie who carded a 232 (79-79-74) and finished in 54th-place.
After birding seven holes in the first two rounds, more than any other Western golfer, McKinzie had three birdies in round three for a team-best 10 throughout the invite.
Invitational host Northwestern remained on top after finishing their home invite with a 844 (277-290-277). Ohio State finished in second-place (856) and Illinois State took third (881).
Individually, Northwestern's Jack Perry held onto first-place with a 200 (67-67-66).
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Western will send its top five golfers to participate in The Summit League Championships next week, April 22-23, in Keller Texas at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club.