Campbell Takes Second, #6 Illini Fourth at USF Invite
March 4, 2014
DADE CITY, Fla. - Illinois junior Brian Campbell fired a 2-under-par 70 but finished second by one stroke at the USF Invitational on Tuesday, after Florida State's Jack Maguire posted a 10-under 62 in the final round. Campbell finished with a 54-hole score of 201 (-15), tied for second with Purdue's Adam Schenk, and the Illini tied for fourth after their third-straight 280 for a total of -24 at the par-72, 7,153-yard Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. FSU took the team title at -41, thanks to a blistering 264 (-24) in Tuesday's final round.
"We had a lot of things to accomplish this week and we got a bunch of them taken care of," Illini head coach Mike Small said. "But we had a few times where guys kind of checked out for two, three, four holes at a time and we need to work on that. Brian played great. He didn't quite pull it off because a guy shot a 62 on him and that happens. But we need a little bit more of a team effort. We didn't play the par-5s well today and that's where a lot of teams got it done. We didn't play bad golf today, we just weren't sharp enough to overtake some of these teams down here.
"When we see a course like this, we have to take advantage of it because we see enough really tough courses. As the spring goes on, we'll get better at that. We're learning about ourselves. We didn't putt as well as I think we can, outside of Brian. I was happy the way David (Kim) fought back and put a couple bad holes behind him. That was huge. If he doesn't do that, we don't finish fourth. But some of the other guys kind of stalled."
Kim had Illinois' low round of the day with a 3-under-par 69, battling back from a rocky start that included a double-bogey on No. 5 and a bogey on the par-4 6th. But he birdied No. 7 and made the turn at +1 before heating up. He birdied the par-4 10th then knocked in an eagle on the par-5 11th. He added birdies on the 13th and 16th, plus a bogey on No. 14 for his 69, equaling the best round of his career. Kim finished the tournament in 43rd place at even par.
Campbell posted a solid 18 holes, notching a birdie on No. 2 before bogeying No. 6. But he got it back with a birdie on the par-4 8th to turn at -1. He added consecutive birdies on 13 and 14 to get to -3, but a bogey on the par-4 16th left him with a 70 for the day.
Charlie Danielson also posted a 70, notching four birdies against two bogeys on the day, to finish tied for 20th at -4 overall. Thomas Detry had four birdies and three bogeys for a 1-under-par 71 that left him tied for 22nd at -3. Jonathan Hauter struggled through the front nine, turning at +3, but righted the ship for a clean back nine with a birdie on the par-4 18th to come in with a 74 and finish tied for 73rd at +7.
Alex Burge, who played the tournament as an individual, rallied with a final-round 67 to finish tied for 55th at +3. Burge, who started on the back nine, played his first nine even then birdied No. 1 and eagled the par-5 2nd hole to get to -3. He added birdies on his last two holes for a career-best 67.
The Illini have a short week ahead as they head back south this weekend to prepare for the Louisiana Classics on March 10-11 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.
*Competing as an individual and did not count toward team score