Photos from day two of the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
Photos from day three of the 2013 Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
Photos from day one of the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational on Friday, September 13, 2013.
Justin Fetcho enters his second year on the Illinois men's golf staff after joining the program as an assistant coach in February 2013. Prior to that, he served as assistant women's golf coach at the University of Oregon.
Fetcho hit the ground running with the Fighting Illini, helping Mike Small lead the squad to its fifth-straight Big Ten championship, its first-ever NCAA regional title and a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Illinois finished fifth in the stroke-play portion at NCAAs before defeating defending champion Texas and pulling the biggest upset of the tournament with a 3-2 win over No. 1 California.
Back in his home state, Fetcho rekindled his playing career by finishing 13th at the 83rd Illinois State Amateur Championship with a four-round total of 294 (+6), earning an exemption into the 2014 Illinois State Amateur.
At Oregon, Fetcho helped guide the women's team to the lowest scoring average in school history (298.7), coaching 2012 second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 player Cassy Isagawa. She posted the lowest scoring average and best national ranking in school history (72.57 and 10th, respectively), and posted 19 rounds of par or better, which also was an Oregon record.
The Ducks blew away the previous 54-hole school record by 21 shots in posting a 4-under-par 848 at the Stanford Intercollegiate in 2012. Fetcho also served as the team's interim head coach for much of the 2012 spring season while head coach Ria Scott was on maternity leave, and managed the team's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Prior to his time in Eugene, Fetcho was the assistant men's golf coach at South Florida from 2009-11. He served as the tournament director of the USF Invitational and assisted with fundraising, which helped build a new practice facility during his tenure in Tampa.
Fetcho helped guide the Bulls to their best finish at the Big East tournament since 2005 when they placed fourth in 2011. He also helped sign the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history in 2011 and helped the Bulls to the biggest grade-point average improvement among all USF men's sports in fall 2010 before guiding them to the highest men's team GPA honor in spring 2011. USF had All-Big East selections in 2010 and 2011, and recorded four Academic All-Big East honors in 2010.
A native of Eldorado, Ill., Fetcho finished second in the 2008 Illinois Open and played events on the Nationwide, Hooters, E-Golf and Moonlight Tours from 2007-09. He holds three course records: Saline County Country Club (57, -13), Helfrich Hills Golf Course (64, -7) and Fairfield Country Club (63, -7).
Fetcho was a two-time Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar at USF in 2006 and 2007, and was an NJCAA All-American in 2005 at John A. Logan College, finishing third at the 2005 NJCAA Division II national championships. He graduated from USF in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
THE FETCHO FILE
Education: University of South Florida, bachelor's degree in elementary education, 2007
|2013-||University of Illinois||Assistant men's golf coach|
|2011-13||University of Oregon||Assistant women's golf coach|
|2009-11||University of South Florida||Assistant men's golf coach|
Professional Playing Experience
|2007-09||Played events on Nationwide, Hooters, E-Golf and Moonlight Tours|
College Playing Career
|2006-07||University of South Florida|
|2004-05||John A. Logan College|
Playing Career Highlights
Two-time GCAA All-American Scholar
2005 NJCAA All-American
Finalist for 2007 Big East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Two-time Academic All-Big East selection
Holds three course records (Saline County Country Club, 57 (-13); Helfrich Hills Golf Course, 64 (-7), Fairfield Country Club, 63 (-7)