Campbell's 64 Puts #6 Illini in 4th at USF
March 2, 2014
DADE CITY, Fla. - Brian Campbell posted the second-best score in school history with an 8-under-par 64 to lead No. 6 Illinois into a tie for fourth place at the USF Invitational at the par-72, 7,153-yard Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club on Sunday. Campbell - who is tied for second overall - birdied No. 14 to move to -9 but a bogey on the 18th hole left him tied with Luke Guthrie, Scott Langley, Chris DeForest, Trevor Beard and Steve Stricker as Illini who have fired 64s. DeForest's 63 at the 2007 D.A. Weibring Invitational stands as the 18-hole school record.
Sophomore Charlie Danielson rebounded from a bogey and a double-bogey on holes 2 and 3 by firing seven birdies in his final 15 holes for a 4-under 68 to stand tied for eighth after the first day of the 54-hole tournament. The Illini are five shots off the lead, which is shared by No. 17 Florida State and UNC Greensboro at -13. Memphis is third at -11 and Mercer is even with Illinois at -8. Campbell is tied with Memphis' Will Pearson at -8, while UNC Greensboro's Roy Dixon has the individual lead at -9.
"Campbell carried us today," Illinois head coach Mike Small said "He came to play and he was fun to watch. He didn't have the best stuff he's ever had but he really competed and really thought his way around the golf course. Charlie started off on the wrong side early but righted the ship in the middle of the round. I think he learned a lot about himself today.
The course was there to get today, Scores were low. We need to finish better, though. Basketball teams need to finish halves, baseball teams need to close out innings and we need to close out holes on the golf course, so that's something that we'll continue to emphasize. For the first (stroke-play) round out in the spring, I saw a lot of good stuff."
Senior Jonathan Hauter started well, posting a clean front side with a birdie on No. 9 to turn at 1-under. But he bogeyed Nos. 10, 13 and 15 before recovering a birdie on No. 18 to finish with a 73 on the day. Sophomore David Kim played even on the front side with birdies on Nos. 3 and 9 but bogeys on 5 and 8 to turn at even. He notched an eagle on the par-5 11th but bogeyed No. 13, double-bogeyed No. 15 and bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18 to swing from 2-under to 3-over in a span of six holes, finishing with a 75.
Sophomore Thomas Detry had a rocky first round in Florida, bogeying three straight holes, Nos. 6-8. He birdied No. 9 to turn at +2 but posted a double-bogey on No. 11 before notching his only birdie of the round on No. 13 for a 75. Junior Alex Burge is tied for 75th after a 4-over-par 76.
*Competing as an individual; does not count toward team score