Men's Golf
#6 Illini Hold Off LSU for Louisiana Classics Title

Charlie Danielson fired a 69 in the final round on Tuesday to finish in a three-way tie for second along with teammate Thomas Detry.
Charlie Danielson fired a 69 in the final round on Tuesday to finish in a three-way tie for second along with teammate Thomas Detry.

March 11, 2014

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LAFAYETTE, La. - No. 6 Illinois held off a final-round charge by LSU to win the 29th annual Louisiana Classics by six strokes at the par-72, 7,098-yard Oakbourne Country Club on Tuesday. It marks the Illini's third tournament title this season, is the second-straight year Illinois has won the Louisiana Classics and third time in the last four seasons. The Illini's team score of 840 tied for the sixth-lowest in school history.

Sophomores Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry both fired rounds under par (69 and 70, respectively) and tied for second (-7), while junior Brian Campbell finished tied for sixth (-4) after carding a 77. Senior Jonathan Hauter tied for 13th (E) after a final-round 74 and David Kim tied for 20th (+3) following a 79 on Tuesday. Junior Alex Burge, playing as an individual, tied for 25th (+4) following a 74 in the final round.

"It's a good day because we won," Illini head coach Mike Small said. "You never argue about a win. They're hard to get and we'll take it. But we wish today would have been better. We didn't start off well and LSU played really good golf. It got a little dicey in the middle of the round. To our credit, we played the last four or five holes pretty solid and kept them at arm's length.

"Those guys played solid golf today," Small said of Danielson and Detry. "They didn't start the best but they really fought. Charlie made two great par saves from outside 100 yards. As a team we didn't play very well, but those two guys and Hauter were the reason we held on. All in all it was a positive day, but there are some things we've got to do better next time."

Danielson started off on the wrong foot with a bogey on his first hole, the par-4 2nd, but rebounded with a birdie on No. 3. After three straight pars, he rolled in back-to-back birdies to get to -2 but a bogey on 9 left him at -1 at the turn. He kept battling, though, notching birdies on Nos. 11 and 15, and carding eight pars to finish out his 3-under-par 69.

Detry was the steadiest Illini on the day, notching a birdie on the par-5 7th to make the turn at -1. He added another on the 11th but bogeyed No. 16. A birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on No. 18 finished out his 2-under-par round. Hauter, despite his final score of 2-over-par 74, was extremely solid on the day, with only a double-bogey on his third hole - the par-4 5th - standing between him and a flawless round. Aside from that miscue, he carded 17 pars.

Campbell faced a rocky final round after his strong play on Monday, carding four bogeys and a double-bogey against only one birdie, on the par-5 7th. And Kim scuffled, making six bogeys and a double-bogey compared with a lone birdie. After a birdie on his first hole - the par-3 15th - Burge made consecutive bogeys to head to No. 1 at +1. But he got it back with birdies on Nos. 3 and 4, and another on No. 7 to get as deep as -2. Bogeys on 8, 9 and 10 were his undoing, though, and he added another on No. 14, his final hole, to finish at +2 on the day.

The Illini have a week off before traveling to Palm City, Fla., for the Floridian Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Houston, on March 24-25.

 Louisiana Classics Team Results (Final)
 Place TeamRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
1. Illinois279270290839 (-25)
2. LSU280 282283845 (-19)
3. Louisiana-Lafayette281286301868 (+4)
4. Louisiana Tech294 279299872 (+8)
5. New Mexico State296289294879 (+15)
6. UTSA299 283298880 (+16)
7. Tulsa286288309883 (+19)
8. Southeastern Louisiana299295290884 (+20)
9. Southern Mississippi299299290888 (+24)
10. Texas State295295300890 (+26)
11. Illinois State293297307897 (+33)
12. Kansas303298298899 (+35)

 Louisiana Classics Illinois Individual Results (Final)
 Place NameRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
T-2. Charlie Danielson71 6969209 (-7)
T-2. Thomas Detry716870209 (-7)
T-6. Brian Campbell696677212 (-4)
T-13. Jonathan Hauter756774216 (E)
T-20. David Kim68 72 79219 (+3)
T-25. Alex Burge747274220 (+4)*
*Competing as an individual and does not count toward team score