Photos from day three of the Big Ten men's golf championships
At Illinois 2013-14: Recorded a 75.07 season stroke average ... Competed in three events as part of the team and four more as an individual ... Had two top-25 finishes ... Posted one round under par and one even-par round in 2013-14 ... Played in NCAA Championships, the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional and Big Ten Match Play Championships as part of the team ... Notched a career-best 67 in the final round of the USF Invitational on March 4 ... Contributed a counting 72 in the first round of the NCAA Championships ... Tied for 25th with a 4-over-par 220 at the Louisiana Classics ... Tied for 49th at the Boilermaker Invitational with a 10-over 226 ... Finished tied for 55th at the USF Invitational with a 3-over-par 219 ... Tied for 22nd with an 11-over-par 224 at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in the fall ... Participated in the New Year's Invitational in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 9-12.
2012-13: Posted a season stroke average of 74.85 ... Shot a career-best final-round 69 to clinch a career-best 54-hole score of 215 at the NCAA Championships ... Followed that by beating Texas' Cody Gribble 3 & 2 in the NCAA quarterfinal match on May 31 ... Tied for 17th at the Big Ten Championships with a 72-hole score of 300 (+12) ... Advanced to U.S. Open sectional qualifying by tying for medalist honors at the local qualifier at Illini Country Club in Springfield, Ill., on May 13 ... Had five rounds under par and two at par on the season ... Earned a spot in the lineup prior to the Desert Shootout on March 21-23 and remained there through the end of the season ... Finished 19th at the Boilermaker Invitational and 33rd at the Augusta State Invitational ... Played as an individual at the Louisiana Classics, tying for 13th, and took seventh at the USA Individual Tournament on Feb. 18-19 in Mobile, Ala. ... Fired a 218 at the Louisiana Classics ... Carded a 70 four times on the season ... Competed in three fall tournaments: the Wolf Run Invitational, the D.A. Weibring Invitational and the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational ... Shot a 1-under-par 70 at the D.A. Weibring Invitational ... Carded a 54-hole score of 221 (+8) at the Wolf Run Invitational ... Qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur.
2011-12: Competed at the final six spring tournaments for Illinois, including the NCAA Championships, and at the Louisiana Classics as an individual ... Posted a stroke average of 77.91 ... Counted his third round score at the Big Ten Championships, helping Illinois capture a fourth-consecutive conference title ... Contributed both his second and third round scores to the team total at the NCAA Norman Regional ... Carded a career-best tournament total of 225 (+9) at the Augusta State Invitational ... Twice tallied a season-low round of even-par 72.
Finished second in the IHSA Class 2A State Tournament in 2008 and followed that with a third-place finish in 2009 ... In 2010, won six in-season tournaments ... Led the Raiders to both the Big 12 Conference and Intercity Championships ... Medalist at the Big 12 meet ... Won the 2008 IJGA Bettinardi Classic ... Four top-15 finishes in AJGA Tournaments ... 2008-09 Male Athlete of The Year for Bloomington High School ... 2008 State Farm Student-Athlete of the Year finalist ... Four-time All Conference ... Two-time IHSA All-State ... Holds records for lowest season stroke average and lowest career stroke average at Bloomington High School.
Born June 18, 1992 ... Son of Wilson and Susan Burge ... Has one sister, Jennifer ... Majoring in business management ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Illinois State Scholar ... Enjoys bike riding, basketball, and cars.
Getting to Know Alex Burge
Favorite place on campus: Ikenberry Dining Hall ... Favorite course: Sherwood Country Club ... Favorite club: Bloomington Country Club ... Favorite athlete: Derrick Rose ... Favorite sports team: Chicago Bulls ... Favorite TV show: Tosh.O ... Favorite book: Captain Underpants are great books ... Favorite restaurant: Original House of Pancakes ... Favorite band: Obsure ... Longest drive: 415 (downhill, downwind) ... My dream foursome: Tiger Woods, Stevie Williams and Adam Scott ... Best part about Demirjian: No matter the weather, you can work on any part of your game ... What I've learned from Coach Small: Course Management and how to prepare for competition ... Actor I would want to play me in a movie about my life: Zach Galifianakis starring in a portrayal of Scarface ... Cartoon character that best describes me: Papa Smurf ... Super power I would most like to have: Ability to fly ... Best thing I cook in the kitchen: Frozen Pizza ... If I was on a reality show it would be: Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory ... Something most people don't know about me: In basketball, I had my first dunk in eighth grade ... Secret talent: Foosball ... One thing I've always dreamed about doing: Putting on that green jacket.
What's in the Bag?
Driver: Titleist 909 D3 8.5°
Wood: Titleist 906 F2 13'
Irons: TItleist AP2
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x