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January 16, 2020
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Western Illinois men’s golf student-athlete
Kyle Irlbacker was named a Summit League Golfer to Watch, the league announced
Thursday (Jan. 16).
“Kyle had a fantastic first semester,” Director of Golf Lia
Biehl Lukkarinen said. “He has the birdie making potential to be one of
the top players in our league. I anticipate he will finish his senior year
A total of nine student-athletes were selected
to the list based on nominations by each team’s head coach.
Irlbacker, a senior from Cary, Ill., played 14
rounds in the fall of 2019 with a team-best 72.79 average. His lowest round
this season was a 66 in the second round of the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational (Sept.
23-24). He notched two top-10 finishes this past fall, including one top-5
The Leathernecks were picked to finish eighth in
the Summit League with a total of 16 points. Western Illinois opens the 2020
spring slate in St. George, Utah at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Thunderbird
Invitational hosted by Southern Utah, Feb. 10-11.
2020 Summit League Golfers to Watch
North Dakota State
Purdue Fort Wayne
South Dakota State