Chris DeForest won both of his matches Saturday.
Feb. 14, 2009
Coral Springs, Fla. -
Illinois placed fourth at the inaugural Big Ten Match Play championships at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. The top seed Illini fell to fifth-seeded Michigan, 3.5-2.5 in the semifinal then were edged by third-seeded Michigan, 4-2 for third place. Second-seeded Indiana downed Michigan 4-2 in the title match.
Sophomore Chris DeForest won both of his matches on the day, topping Alexander Sitompul of Michgian, 2 UP and Graham Baillargeon of Michigan State 2 & 1.
Sophomore Scott Langley won the other match against Michigan, bettering Lion Kim, 3& 2, while junior Matt Hoffman halved his match with Bill Rankin in the semifinal. Zach Barlow had the Illini's other match victory in the third-place match, defeating Andrew Ladwig, 3&2.
The match with Michigan State came down to the wire with Langley and Luke Guthrie each coming up just short, 2 &1.
Illinois returns to action on Feb. 28 in Florida in a dual match against Illinois State for the Tinervin Cup.
No. 2 Indiana def. No. 5 Michigan, 4-2
No. 3 Michigan State def. No. 1 Illinois, 4-2
No. 8 Northwestern def. No. 10 Purdue, 5-1
No. 4 Iowa def. No. 11 Wisconsin, 3-3 (UI wins tiebreaker)
No. 5 Michigan def. no. 1 Illinois, 3.5-2.5
No. 2 Indiana def. no. 3 Michigan State, 4.5-1.5
Northwestern def. Iowa, 3.5-2.5
Purdue def. Wisconsin, 3.5-2.5
Minnesota def. Ohio State, 126.96.36.199
Ohio State def. Penn State, 5-1
No. 5 Michigan 4, No. 4 Iowa 2
No. 1 Illinois 4, No. 8 Northwestern 2
No. 2 Indiana 4, No. 10 Purdue 2
No. 3 Michigan State 3.5, No. 11 Wisconsin 2.5
Semifinal - Michigan def. Illinois, 3.5-2.5
1 Scott Langley (Ill.)def. Lion Kim 3&2
2 Matt Hoffman (Ill.) vs. Bill Rankin Half
3 Chris DeForest (Ill.) def. Alexander Sitompul, 2UP
4 Nick Pumford (Mich.) def. Luke Guthrie 3&1
5 Matt Thompson (Mich.) def. Zach Barlow 1UP
6 Ross Millman (Mich.) def. Mason Jacobs 1UP
Third-Place Match - Michigan State def. Illinois, 4-2
1 Jack Newman (MSU) def. Scott Langley, 2&1
2 Payne Gniewek (MSU) def. Matt Hoffman, 4&3
3 Chris DeForest (Ill.) def. Graham Baillargeon,2&1
4 Jordan Ensrud (MSU) def. Luke Guthrie, 2&1
5 Zach Barlow (Ill.) def. Andrew Ladwig, 3&2
6 Phil Snow (MSU) def. Mason Jacobs, 5&3