Former Illini Great Credits Small, Illinois for His Accomplishments
Small, Stricker, Points, Guthrie Ready for Season's Final Major
Duo Join Stricker, Points in Field at Merion Golf Club June 10-16
Illini Great Makes Field for First Major Tournament
Illinois Takes Young Lineup to Big Ten Championships
Photos from Day 3 of the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Riviera CC. Illini Thomas Pieters won the national title.
Named PING first-team All-American ... Tied for the 13th at the NCAA Championship ... Lost in a playoff in his U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier ... Ranked 13th according to the Golfweek computer and seventh in Golfstat ... Became the first Illinois player to win the Big Ten title since 1999 ... Tied for first at the NCAA Regional, his third title in a row and fourth during the 2010-11 season ... Ranked ninth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings ... Named First Team All-Big Ten ... Set the school record for stroke average with a 71.36 ... Placed second at the Illinois Open, finishing just ahead of coach Mike Small ... Tied for 12th at the Illinois Amateur ... Defeated national field at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, posting his first career collegiate tournament victory ... Nailed a 30-footer for birdie, earning him co-medalist with Kent State's John Hahn at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate ... Earned three Big Ten Player of the Week honors, on March 2, after shooting a 69 in winning his match with Illinois State's Eric Meir and teaming with Scott Langley to win the better match at the Tinervin Cup; on March 9 after tying for second at the Louisiana Classics Invite in leading the Illini to the title; and on April 27 after his victory at the Kepler ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Named first-team All-Big Ten ... Earned All-Tournament honors after placing fourth at the Big Ten Championship ... Finished fifth in the Windon Memorial in October ... Finished in the top 10 in four tournaments and had 11 top-25 finishes ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship over the summer ... Won the Illinois State Amateur after firing a final-round 65 ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur with consecutive rounds of 64 ... Was in the line-up in every event during the spring ... Posted four top-10 finishes more than either Scott Langley or Chris DeForest did as freshman in 2007-08 (those two were both First Team All-Big Ten performers in `08-'09) ... Ranked among the top 10 Junior golfers in the nation through much of 2008 ... His round of 64 at the D.A. Weibring tied for the best in 2008-09 and second best in Illinois school history ... He sunk a 60-foot birdie putt early in his round for his 64 ... Got up and down for par late in the final round of the Boilermaker Invitational, helping the Illini to a one-stroke victory.
Ranked as high as seventh in the Polo American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) national rankings, including fifth in the Class of 2008 ... The National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked Guthrie 21st overall and 15th in the `08 class while Golfweek listed him 13th overall and 11th in the class ... Named the Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series Player of the Year in 2005, `06 and `07 and earned AJGA First Team All-America honors in 2007 ... Placed third at the 32nd Westfield Junior PGA and third at the 33rd Junior PGA and seventh in the Western Junior in 2008 ... Took third at the tour's stop at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana ... Won the 2007 Class 3A state tournament, his second state title, by five strokes after firing a 5-under-par 67 in the second round ... Quincy finished second as a team ... Had a 69.8 scoring average during the high school season as a senior and a 68.6 stroke average as a junior ... Coached by Doug Bruner, Quincy won the regional title three times and Western Big Six Conference twice when Guthrie competed, placing third as a team at the state finals in 2006 and second in 2007 ... Placed third in the Class AA state finals as a sophomore before winning the AA title in `06 and the 3A crown in `07 ... Earned a spot on the Junior Ryder Cup Team member prior to his freshman year in 2004.
Born Jan. 31, 1990 ... Son of Dennis and Cindy Guthrie ... Brother, Zach, is an assistant coach at Illinois and played golf at Western Illinois University ... Majoring in management ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Society for Academic Achievement ... Won the IHSA Scholastic Achievement award and the Western Big Six All-Conference Scholastic Award ... Enjoys playing ping-pong and racquetball.
Getting to know Luke Guthrie
Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods ... Favorite professional sports team: Cubs ... Favorite restaurant in Champaign-Urbana: Dos Reales ... Nickname: Guth ... Favorite food: Mexican ... Favorite TV show: Sportscenter ... Favorite musical group: OAR ... Favorite movie: Tin Cup ... How I started playing the game of golf: Playing in the backyard with my dad and brother ... My dream job would be: playing golf ... If weren't playing golf. which sport would you want to play? Tennis ... What I've learned from Coach Small: Course Management Tactics Secret Talent: Ping Pong
What's in the Bag?
Driver: Ping G15 9°
Wood: Ping G15 15.5°
Irons: Ping S57 (PW-3)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Design
Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
Guthrie's Career Statistics
Year Rds. Shots Avg. Low Rd. Low 54 2008-09 28 2,044 73.00 64 (-6) 208 (-2) 2009-10 40 2,914 72.85 69 (-2) 214 (-2) 2010-11 33 2,355 71.36 65 (-6) 205 (-8) 2011-12 37 2,634 71.19 66 (-6) 203 (-10) Totals 138 9,947 72.08 64 (-6) 203 (-10)
Updated June 2012