Men's Golf

Chris DeForest
Chris DeForest


Cottekill, N.Y.

High School:
Rondout Valley High


Holds Illinois' all-time single 18-hole score with a 63 in the final round of the 2007 D.A. Weibring Invitational • Claimed his first collegiate victory at that event. • Ranks fifth on Illinois' all-time single-season victory list • Ranks fifth in career stroke average in school history.

2010-11: Qualified for the U.S. Open after winning a playoff in the Sectional Qualifier • Placed 13th at NCAA Championship • Finished in the top 10 at the Big Ten Championship for the fourth straight year, tying for fifth • Named Second Team All-Big Ten • Earned All-Big Ten Tournament for placing in the top five • Won the D.A. Weibring Invitational, his fifth career tournament title • Ranked second on the team with a 72.79 stroke average, including a 72.43 average for the spring • Named Academic All-Big Ten • Earned his fifth career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor after winning all four of his matches at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship.

2009-10: Named First-Team All-Big Ten • Won three tournaments in the spring • Has finished in the top 10 at all three Big Ten Championships of his career after tying for 10th in 2010 • His eagle on 13 in the final round helped ignite a late-round charge in Illinois' Big Ten title run • Has scored a team-leading 13 rounds under par • Won the Les Bolstad award given to the top regular-season stroke average among the Big Ten teams (71.54), edging out teammate Scott Langley by .05 strokes. Led the Illini with a 71.45 scoring average in the spring • His 72.00 season stroke average is the fourth best in school history • Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week four times, following leading the Illini to a victory in the Tinervin Cup (March 3) and after each of his three wins (FAU Spring Invite, Crooked Stick Invite and Boilermaker Invite) • Named Academic All-Big Ten.

First Team All-Big Ten performer • Named Academic All-Big Ten • Placed in the top 10 at the Big Ten Championship for the second straight year, tying for third at +2 • Posted five top-four finishes, including four straight from March 27-May 3 • Was Illinois' top finisher in three tournaments • His 73.08 stroke average is 11th best in school history for a single season • Ranked second on the Illini with a 73.09 stroke average for the spring • Had nine rounds under par for the year • Placed second at the 68th Monroe Invitational over the summer.

Participated for Illinois at the final five events, tying for fourth at the Fighting Illini Spring Invitational • Participated for Illinois at the NCAA Championships • Won U.S. Amateur qualifier by nine shots • Placed second at the Monroe Invitational over the summer • Set Illinois' all-time single 18-hole score with a 63 in the final round of the D.A. Weibring Invitational. • Won the individual title at the D.A. Weibring with a 209 (-1) • Tied teammate Matt Hoffman for 10th at the Big Ten Championship • Finished second at the Hochster Invitational over the summer.

High School
Won six varsity letters in golf and three in basketball • Named Conference Player of the Year five times • Won the 2007 Westfield Junior PGA Championship • Two-time U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier • Qualified for the New York state golf tournament five times • Tied for 17th at the 2006 Junior Amateur...Won the 2006 Carter Cup title.

Born Oct. 12, 1988 • Majoring in sport management • Son of John and Joann DeForest • Has four brothers -- John, Andrew, Ben and Ethan • Father played golf at Florida and is a club professional.

Getting to know Chris DeForest
Favorite athlete: Ben Hogan • Favorite professional sports team: Dallas Cowboys • Favorite restaurant in Champaign-Urbana: Za's • Nickname: DeFo • Career Plans: Playing on the PGA Tour • Favorite TV Show: The Colbert Report • Favorite musical group: O.A.R. • Favorite movie: 300 • What I like most about being a Fighting Illini: The overall support for Illini athletics • My dream job would be: Playing Golf Professionally

What's in the Bag?
Driver- Titleist 905
Irons- Titleist 695CB5
Putter- Titleist Scotty Cameron
Ball- Titleist Pro V1X

DeForest's Career Statistics

Year      Rounds    Shots     Avg.      Low 18     Low 54
2007-08	   27	   2,031      75.22	   63	     209
2008-09	   37	   2,704      73.08	   64	     208
2009-10	   34      2,452      72.12	   67	     205
2010-11	   33      2,402      72.79	   66	     210
Totals	   143	   10,470     73.22	   63	     205