Men's Golf

Zach Barlow
Zach Barlow


Percy, Ill.

High School:
Trico H.S.



Finished career No. 8 on Illinois' all-time career stroke average list.

Named Second Team All-Big Ten • Second-round leader at the Big Ten Championship after rounds of 70 and 66 • Placed 7th at Big Ten Championship • Has posted nine rounds under par • Finished in the top 20 in eight of the 12 tournaments, including four top 10s • Finshed fifth at the FAU Spring Break Invitational in March • Posted the lowest scoring average of his career at 72.90.

Placed second at the Western Amateur • Qualified for the U.S. Amateur • Won two collegiate tournaments, including the prestigious Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational • Paired with two of the top four finishers from 2008 NCAA Championship in that event -- Jorge Campillo of Indiana and Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State • Claimed his second career title at the Marshall Invitational, which included a 66 on the tournament's first day • Tied the tournament low with a 68 on the final day of the Big Ten Championship, Illinois' top scorer that day • Birdie late in the final round helped Illini to one-stroke victory at Boilermaker Invitational • Won the 2008 Illinois Amateur by three shots at seven-under par, becoming the first University of Illinois player to do so since 1999 and one of the few player from downstate with the title.

Made the five-man Illinois team that competed at the NCAA?Championships • Won the Illinois State Amateur by three shots at seven-under par, becoming the first Illinois player to do so since 1999 • Posted two top-ten finishes, a tie for fourth at the D.A. Weibring Invitational and sixth at the Wolverine @ Mission Inn • Was third on the team with a 73.58 average during the fall and was fourth with a 74.17 average overall • Posted six rounds under par, including a 68 at the D.A. Weibring Invitational • One of four Illinois players in the top 20 at NCAA Regionals.

Competed in three tournaments, all during the fall, and had a stroke average of 77.89 on the season • Had a season-high finish of 33rd at the Windon Memorial Classic • Shot a career-low score of 74 during the final round of the Windon • Earned first Varsity "I" award.

Sat out the year as a redshirt.

High School
Earned four varsity letters in golf at Trico High School • IHSA Class A State Champion his junior year • Finished sixth in the state his senior year • Participated in the U.S. Junior Amateur • Member of the National Honor Society.

Born Dec. 30, 1986 • Son of Kevin and Gina Barlow • Majoring in sport management • Biggest thrill in sports is making the pressure shot • Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods because he changed the game of golf • Credits his aunt, Dana, and Steve Spray for influencing his athletic career.

Getting to Know Barlow
Why I chose Illinois: Because of the great academics and the strength of the golf program
What I've learned from Coach Small: Mental toughness and what I need to do to play at the next level
Favorite golf course: St. Louis Country Club
Favorite place to eat in Champaign-Urbana: Biaggi's
Favorite movie: Top Gun and The Pursuit of Happiness
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals
What age I started playing golf: 2
Excluding teammates, favorite Illini athlete: Chester Frazier

What's in the Bag?
Driver- Titleist 905
Woods- 3-wood-Ping G5 and 5-wood-Titleist 904
Irons- Titleist 735's
Putter- Scotty Cameron
Ball- Titleist Pro V1

Barlow's Career Statistics

Year      Rounds    Shots     Avg.      Low 18     Low 54
2006-07     9        701      77.89        74        231
2007-08     35       2,596    74.17        67        211
2008-09     37       2,738    74.00        66        211
2009-10     40       2,926    73.15        66        210
Totals      121      8,961    74.06        66        210