Balanced Effort Gives Illini First-Day Lead at Louisiana Classics
March 4, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - All five Fighting Illini players stand in the top 20, with senior Mason Jacobs and freshman Thomas Detry tied for ninth, and Illinois leads the 14-team field at the 28th annual Louisiana Classics by seven strokes over Kansas after two rounds at the par-72, 6,898-yard Oakbourne Country Club on Monday. The Illini battled blustery conditions to shoot a 1-under-par 287 in the second round after carding a 292 in the first round to stand at +3 (579) through 36 holes of the 54-hole event.
"It was a total team effort," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "It was cool and windy, but for the most part, we played well. We didn't have any really low numbers or any really high numbers. We finished strong as a team this afternoon, which was good, and it's imperative to start strong tomorrow. A seven-stroke lead isn't that much in a team event, but if we start well, we can create some distance between us and second place. We want to apply a little pressure to the golf course but not get away from our plan."
Jacobs and Detry stand at +1, seven shots off the lead of 6-under-par by LSU's Zach Wright, who was one of only six golfers to shoot under par on the day. Sophomore Brian Campbell is tied for 15th at +2, while junior Thomas Pieters and freshman Charlie Danielson are tied for 20th at +3.
Jacobs carded a 1-under 71 in the second round to go with a 2-over 74 from the morning round. Detry shot a 72 in the morning and added a 73 in the second round. Pieters rebounded from a +3 first round to shoot an even-par 72 in the afternoon, and Campbell shot a 71 in the afternoon after a 3-over-par 75 in the morning. Danielson was 1-under in the morning before carding a 4-over 76 in the afternoon.
Sophomore Alex Burge, who is competing as an individual and does not count toward Illinois' team score, is tied for seventh at even par thanks to a 70 in his second round. Freshman David Kim also is competing as an individual and is tied for 41st at +8 after carding rounds of 75 and 77.
The third round tees off with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.