Campbell Grabs Lead, #6 Illini Third at USF Invite
March 3, 2014
DADE CITY, Fla. - Brian Campbell and Thomas Detry each shot 5-under-par 67 at the par-72, 7,153-yard Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club on Monday, as Campbell grabbed the individual lead of the USF Invitational while Illinois moved up to third place at -16 with an 8-under 280. Campbell holds a four-shot advantage over two players and Detry's 67 was his best round as an Illini. But host USF posted a 19-under-par round to improve to -26 for the tournament and hold a nine-shot lead over second-place Florida State, 10 over the Illini.
With Campbell on the lead, Detry and Charlie Danielson are tied for 20th at -2. David Kim is tied for 52nd at +3 and Jonathan Hauter is tied for 61st (+5). Illinois played the back nine holes 11-under par, recovering from a rocky front nine where the Orange and Blue were +7.
"It was a team effort today," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "The conditions were tougher today, the wind was blowing a little bit more, so we needed a team effort and we got it. Detry showed a lot of resolve. Charlie (Danielson) struggled early but came back. Jonathan (Hauter) battled all day and David (Kim) played better today than he did yesterday. Our point of emphasis today was that we needed to finish better and we did. We played the back nine really well. But every day is a new day and we need to get off to a better start than we did today, and finish tomorrow.
"Brian is playing solid. He's playing really good golf. He took what the course gave him on the first nine, then eagled 11 and played a got three more birdies after that. He played a really mature round of golf today."
After a bogey on the first hole, Campbell birdied the par-5 2nd and played the rest of the front nine even. But he heated up on the back nine with an eagle on the par-5 11th and three straight birdies on the 13th through 15th holes for a 67. Detry birdied the par-3 4th hole but notched a bogey on No. 6, turning at even par. He also caught fire on the back nine, posting birdies on Nos. 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17 to notch a career-best 5-under-par round.
Sophomore David Kim scrambled his way to a solid even-par round, with six birdies and six bogeys. He got to -2 twice, including after three birdies in four holes from No. 11 to No. 14, but bogeyed 16 and 18 to finish with a 72. Sophomore Charlie Danielson stumbled out of the gate, bogeying the first two holes. He bogeyed No. 8 to turn at +3 and bogeyed the par-4 10th to go as high as +4. But he recovered with birdies on the par-3 14th and par-4 18th to come in at 74.
Senior Jonathan Hauter had a rough front nine, making the turn at +3. He played a mostly clean back nine, except for a bogey on 16, to shoot a 76. Alex Burge, who is playing as an individual this week, carded a 76 despite having four birdies in the round.
Illinois looks to make a charge in the final round of the USF Invitational Tuesday, teeing off No. 1 at 8:40 a.m. CT alongside South Florida and Florida State.
*Competing as an individual and does not count toward team score