Men's Golf


Mike O'Neal
Mike O'Neal

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Geneva, Ill.

High School:
Geneva

Birthdate:
06/18/1983

AT ILLINOIS -
Fall 2004: Played in all five tournaments ... Fourth on the team with a 75.21 fall stroke average ... Top performance came at the Northern Intercollegiate where he tied for 12th place with a 54-hole total of 217 ... Low score of the fall was a 2-under par 69 during the first round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

2003-04: Participated in 10 tournaments, totaling a stroke average of 75.63 on the season ... Turned in a career-best performance at the Big Ten Championships, tying for runner-up at 3-under par to earn a spot on the Big Ten All-Championship Team ... Shot a career-low round of 67 during the first round of the Big Ten Championships ... Career-low 54-hole score of 210 also came at the Big Ten Championships ... Three Top-15 finishes on the season ... Illinois' top finisher in two tournaments ... Earned third Varsity "I" award.

2002-03: Played in four tournaments during the fall season ... Tied for 12th at the Badger Invitational with a season-low 54-hole score of 214 ... Shot a season-low round of 2-under par 70 in the opening round of the Badger Invitational ... Suffered a right wrist injury which required surgery in February, forcing him to miss the majority of the spring season ... Returned to the Illini lineup for the NCAA Championships ... Ranked fifth on the team with a 75.0 stroke average on the year ... Earned second Varsity "I" award ... Following his sophomore season, O'Neal was a quarterfinalist in the 2003 Chicago District Golf Association Match Play and earned a Top-10 finish at the Illinois State Amateur.

2001-02: Competed in 11 of 13 tournaments as a freshman, finishing the year with a stroke average of 76.12 ... Came on strong at the end of the season, finishing second for the Illini and tying for 10th place individually at 1-over par at the Big Ten Championship, earning the first Top-10 finish of his collegiate career ... Recorded back-to-back season-low scores of 69 during the second and third rounds of the Big Ten Championship ... Carded a 1-under par 70 during the first round of the NCAA Championship ... Shot a season-low 54-hole score of 224 at the Purina Classic ... Recorded four rounds under par and one even-par round on the season ... Earned first Varsity "I" award ... Following his freshman season, O'Neal won the 2002 Chicago District Golf Association Amateur ... Finished fifth at the 2002 Illinois State Amateur.

High School: Earned four letters in golf at Geneva High School ... Four-time all-conference selection ... Two-time USGA Junior Amateur qualifier and match play qualifier ... Illinois State Junior Amateur Champion ... Four Top 10 AJGA finishes ... Set course records of 62 at Links at Carillon and 67 at Whisper Creek.

Personal: Born June 18, 1983 ... Son of David and Mary Anne O'Neal ... Majoring in finance ... Father is the Golf Pro at Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles, Ill. ... Grandfather, Gus O'Neal, played professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Lists basketball, football and hockey as favorite sports other than golf ... Favorite golfer is Davis Love III.

O'Neal's Career Statistics

Year        Rounds   Shots     Avg.      Low 18      Low 54
2001-02       33     2,512    76.12    69 (twice)     224
2002-03       15     1,125     75.0       70          214
2003-04       30     2,269    75.63       67          210
Fall 2004     14     1,053    75.21       69          217
Total         92     6,959    75.64       67          210


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