#8 Illini 4th After 36 Holes at 3M Augusta Invite
April 5, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The eighth-ranked Fighting Illini used a seven-under-par 281 in Saturday's second round to jump into fourth place with one round remaining at the 3M Augusta Invitational hosted by the Augusta Golf Association at the par-72, 7,028-yard Forest Hills Golf Club. Fifth-year senior Jonathan Hauter and sophomore Thomas Detry led the way in the day's final round with match 68s, pushing Detry into a tie for fourth individually at -5 overall - just two shots off the lead - and Hauter tied for 21st at -1. Sophomore Charlie Danielson also is tied for 15th after rounds of 72-70 put him at -2. The Illini tee off Sunday's final round off No. 1 at 8:20 a.m. CT alongside Houston and Baylor.
No. 9 UCF and No. 18 Texas share the lead at -12, while No. 12 Virginia Tech is at -11. UCF's Greg Eason and Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent share the individual lead at -7.
"I thought it was a decent effort today," Illini head coach Mike Small said. "We were a little slow in the middle - the end of the first round and the beginning of the second round - but we played better later in the second round and we're still in it. We didn't putt as well as we usually do and our consistency on the greens was a little off. But we got a couple good rounds in the afternoon that saved us. Hauter and Detry were big, and I thought Charlie played well in the afternoon, too. But as a team, we've got to play a little stronger tomorrow. We made enough birdies today to play well, but we just made too many bogeys. If we limit those tomorrow and have the birdies that we had today, we'll have a chance to win."
The Illini struggled a bit in the morning round, firing an even-par 288 to stand seventh after 18 holes. Detry and sophomore David Kim were the only two under par in Orange and Blue, with 1-under-par 71s. Danielson carded an even-par 72, while junior Brian Campbell notched a 74 and Hauter posted a 75.
Hauter started a bit rocky in the second round with a double-bogey on the par-4 1st hole but responded with five birdies in his next eight holes, making the turn at -3. He made three more birdies but had a pair of bogeys on the back nine to finish at -4. Detry also bogeyed his first hole of the second round, the par-4 2nd, but birdied his next hole and added two more to turn at -2. He posted four straight pars before notching birdies on the par-4 14th and 15th holes to move to -4. A bogey on No. 16 set him back but he recovered with a birdie on the par-5 17th and finished at -4 in round two.
Danielson was a third Illini who bogeyed the first hole of his second round but also responded with three birdies on the front nine to make the turn at -2. He got to 3-under-par after a birdie on the par-5 11th and finished at 70 after a pair of bogeys and only one more birdie - at the par-5 17th.
Campbell couldn't find a groove, making the turn at +1 after three bogeys and two birdies. He fell as far as +3 after bogeys on 12 and 13, but sandwiched two birdies around a bogey on No. 16. Another bogey on No. 1 left him at 75 for the round, though.
Kim struggled on the front nine of his second round, making three bogeys after starting at the par-3 4th hole. He ran off a string of seven pars in a row before a bogey at No. 16 broke it. But he found some momentum with birdies at 17 and 18. But he ran out of steam, bogeying No. 1 and posting a double-bogey on the par-4 3rd to finish at +5.