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.
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