Langley completes first collegiate victory
Feb. 26, 2008
Pensacola, Fla. -
Freshman Scott Langley came to Illinois with a strong resume in junior golf. The St. Louis area native used the fall as a learning experience and has begun the spring season in impressive fashion. Tuesday Langley shot a one-under par 71 to win his first collegiate tournament, edging Otto Bonning from host West Florida by one stroke at the Argonaut Invitational.
"College golf is different from anything I've played before," said Langley, who has won a major junior title at Pebble Beach. "You are playing for more than yourself. I've tried to work hard in the fall and during the off-season to improve my game."
Langley finished the tournament at eight-under par 208 and was one of three Illinois players in the top 10 individually as the Illini were runner-up to West Florida as a team, finishing at even-par 860. Sophomore Zach Barlow played the final 36 holes at five-under par, including a two-under par 70 Tuesday, to finish at three-under par 213, good for a tie for fourth place. Senior Mark Ogren matched Langley's round of 71 to tie for ninth at one-under par 215.
"It's no coincidence of how well those guys played," said Illinois head Mike Small. "They have worked extremely hard and the results back up that strong work ethic. We take a lot of positives away from this experience. We defeated every school but the host team, who was playing on its home course. To be able to sustain our second-place standing from yesterday shows a lot of focus."
Small also pointed out that Langley's 65 in Monday's second round was even more impressive on a par-72 course. "He played well today even with the added pressure of having to hold onto the lead in much windier conditions than we had Monday."
Langley becomes the second freshman to win a tournament this season for Illinois. Chris DeForest was the medalist at the D.A. Weibring Invitational in October. This marks the first time that the Illini have had multiple individual tournament winners since the 2002-03 season.
"I hit the ball really solid this week," said Langley. "I tried not to think about (the leaderboard). I knew I had to stay aggressive, yet with the windier conditions, be patient at the same time."
Sophomore Matt Hoffman finished in a tie for 19th at four-over par 220 while DeForest and junior Jon Krick tied for 34th in the 55-man field at 10-over par 226. New Orleans (866), Illinois State (870) and Eastern Kentucky (879) round out the top five teams in the ten-school tournament.
Illinois returns to action March 10-11 at the Barona Cup in Lafayette, La.