Illinois state university Men's Golf Team

Ready to Tee It Up

February Events

  • Mobile Bay Intercollegiate hosted by the University of South Alabama
  • Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by Florida State University

We are looking forward to getting back into team competition after a long break. The guys took advantage of the time between semesters and competed in warm weather climates, and the trip to the Tinervin Cup recently was big for our preparation. I am encouraged by where their games are considering the long break between the fall and spring segments of our season. Both the golf courses and the fields will be very competitive, so we’ll have to be sharp mentally and emotionally if we expect to pick up where we left off in October. In this game, the execution is never perfect, but I will be pleased if we compete with confidence, stay in the present, minimize our unforced pre-swing errors, and keep our post-shot emotions in check.

Tinervin Cup

We were again fortunate to kick off our spring season in late January as guests of Jeff Tinervin at the Coral Creek Club in Placida, Florida and at Gator Creek Golf Club in Sarasota, FL. Mr. Tinervin has hosted the golf teams from both Illinois State and Illinois annually for more than 15 years, and the squads have played a Ryder Cup style match to mix in some competition along with much needed repetitions as we prepared for our upcoming spring events. The “Tinervin Cup” is a highlight on our schedule as we benefit from competing, playing two great golf courses, and interacting with successful club members and program supporters who join in on the fun. The past two years both squads have played alumni matches because of limits on our permissible dates of competition. Not only did this allow us to accomplish our mission of combining quality reps and competition, but it was a great way to connect current Redbirds with some of the greats who have walked in their shoes. In the morning singles, David Perkins was one of two players of the 26 competitors to set the pace with a 2 under par 69. David Rauer and Trent Wallace fired 70 and 71, respectively. While the young guns took it to the vets, it was a win-win all the way around.

Host Mr. Jeff Tinervin, middle, joined by our Redbirds and Alums
Dave Perkins teeing off the 14th hole at the Coral Creek Club
Trent Wallace on the 18th tee at the Coral Creek Club

Tinervin Cup Results

Singles Matches (Young Guns 4–Vets 2)

  1. Jeff Kellen, Alum '11 def. Zach Burry, Sr.
  2. Jason Marrs, Sr. def. Jeff Niepagen, Alum '97
  3. Trent Wallace, Jr. def. Matt Miller, Alum '07
  4. Ron Grotjan, Alum '90 def. Andrew O'Brien, Fr.
  5. Dave Perkins, So. def. Christian Crabill, Alum '17
  6. David Rauer, Jr. def. Nic Baker, Alum '02


  1. Burry & Marrs def. Kellen & Niepagen, 2.5 - .5
  2. Wallace & O'Brien def. Miller & Grotjan, 2.5 - .5
  3. Perkins & Rauer def. Crabill & Baker, 3 – 0

Total – Young Guns def. Veterans, 12 - 3


Jason Marrs honored as the PNC Student-Athlete Achiever of the Game at a recent ISU men's basketball game.
Well deserved recognition for Jason Marrs for excelling in the classroom!

We had a very successful fall semester with over half of the team achieving a honor roll worthy GPA. Jason Marrs led the team with a 3.81 GPA and has a cumulative 3.9 going into his final semester. Andrew O' Brien had the next highest GPA at 3.7, followed by David Perkins with a 3.5. The team finished the semester with a 3.18 GPA.

Selfless Service at the Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank is one of the largest providers of donated food in the United States. The men's golf team spent an afternoon in early February helping to process and organize 100's of pounds of food for the local and national community. The magnitude of our simple gesture of volunteering was felt when standing in the massive warehouse filled with donated food. It is rewarding to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves. We started this relationship with the Food Bank last year and are excited about growing it. We'll be back in March!

What did you do over Christmas break?

Our guys have high goals and took advantage of the month-long break between semesters to keep the competitive juices flowing. The bulk of the squad spent part of their vacation in warmer climates working on their games and playing against great competition. The Redbirds represented us well and spread the red over the scoreboard. Our top scores are listed below with links to the final results.

Saguaro Amateur Series

  • David Perkins tied for 6th/-6
  • Zach Burry tied for 9th/ -5
  • David Rauer tied for 22nd/ -1

Orlando International Am

  • Trent Wallace 8th/ -3

Of the 12 rounds posted by the guys listed above, 8 were under par and 11 of the 12 were at par or better! This is a strong showing early in the year that makes it very easy to get excited about the upcoming spring season.

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