WIU’s Irlbacker Tabbed as Summit League Golfer to Watch


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 strong.”

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 placing.  

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


Cal McCoy

North Dakota

Ryan Riihinen

North Dakota State

Andrew Israelson


Witchayapat Sinsrang

Oral Roberts
Dustin Hasley

Purdue Fort Wayne
Callahan Elzey

South Dakota
Matt Tolan

South Dakota State
Jack Tanner

Western Illinois

Kyle Irlbacker

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