Illini in Third After Day 1 at Mobile Bay
Feb. 18, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. - After a heavy dew on the Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course pushed back the start of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate tournament hosted by the University of South Alabama on Monday, Illinois stands in third place out of 16 teams with second-round play suspended because of darkness on the back nine. The Illini shot a 290 (+2) in the first round and are at nine-over-par for the day on the par-72, 7,212-yard course. Sophomore Brian Campbell is tied for second on the individual leaderboard at -1 after shooting a four-under-par 68 in the first round and senior Mason Jacobs stands tied for 13th at +2 after carding a -1 in the first round.
"We started off really strong and came ready to play," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "Through about 12 or 13 holes in the first round, things were going well. It was very encouraging how Brian and Mason (Jacobs) played in the first round. To have both of them shoot under par was a big plus for the day. We didn't finish as strong as we would have liked, but it was still a strong round.
"All in all, it's a positive day, but we showed our youth a little bit in the second round. But it is February and it's our first stroke-play event of the year. Now, we'll have a chance to regroup and finish strong tomorrow. All things considered, I saw a lot of good things out there today."
Campbell led the way in the first round, firing a 68 in the first round and leading the tournament as an individual after 18 holes. Senior Mason Jacobs carded a one-under 71, freshman Thomas Detry shot a three-over-par 75 and Thomas Pieters notched a four-over-par 76.
At time of suspension in the second round, freshman Charlie Danielson stood at even par through 12, Pieters was plus-two through and Detry was plus-two through 14. Campbell and Jacbos each were three-over-par, through 13 and 15 holes, respectively.
Teams will return to the course at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to complete the second round before teeing off the third and final round of the tournament.