Photos from the final round of the 2014 OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.
2014-15: Recorded a 72.45 stroke average in four fall tournaments, posting four top-20 finishes ... Posted two rounds under par and one even-par round in the fall ... Tied for eighth at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate with a 7-over-par 220 ... Tied for 12th at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational (218, +8) ... Tied for 12th at the rain-shortened Sagamore Fall Preview, finishing with a 3-over 147 ... Tied for 20th at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational with a career-best 4-under 212.
2014 Summer: Reached the semifinals of the Western Amateur before losing to eventual champion Beau Hossler ... Defeated top Australian amateur Geoff Drakeford in the round of 16 and incoming Texas freshman Scottie Scheffler in the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur ... Finished runner-up at the Illinois State Amateur after losing a four-hole playoff to Iowa's Raymond Knoll ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur by winning the qualifier in Lake Forest, Ill. ... Finished second at the Western Junior Championship ... Tied for third at the AJGA Footjoy Invitational.
Ranked No. 2 player in the state of Illinois by the AJGA ... Ranked No. 14 nationally in the class of 2014 by the AJGA ... Ranked No. 12 nationally in the class of 2014 according to Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings ... Led the 2013 U.S. Amateur after firing an opening-round 65 and finished seventh in stroke play to advance to the round of 64 ... Won the 2013 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open with rounds of 69-70-63 ... Tied for second at the 2012 Jones Cup Junior Invitational with rounds of 69-71 ... Finished second at the 2013 Illinois State Junior Amateur Championship ... Placed third at the 2013 Illinois High School Boys 3A State Championship ... Tied for fourth at the 2012 AJGA Exide Technologies Junior Open ... Tied for ninth at the 2012 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open.
Born Jan. 26, 1996 ... Parents are John and Kim Hardy ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies ... Has three sisters: Megan, Kristen and Shannon.
Getting to Know Nick Hardy
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan ... Favorite Professional Sports Teams: Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls ... What Attracted Me to Illinois: Coach Small, the recent success of former Illini on the PGA Tour and the team's recent success ... Favorite TV Show: Family Guy ... Favorite Movie: Caddyshack ... Dream Job: Playing on the PGA Tour ... How I Started Playing Golf: My dad introduced me to the game ... Favorite Course: Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Michigan.
What's In the Bag?
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x