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    Illinois in Seventh after Two Rounds of Arizona State Thunderbird Invite
    Junior Patrick Nagle carded his best round of the spring, a 3-under par 68, to lead the Illini on Saturday during the first round of the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational.

    Junior Patrick Nagle carded his best round of the spring, a 3-under par 68, to lead the Illini on Saturday during the first round of the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational.

    April 8, 2006

    Tempe, Ariz. - The Fighting Illini men's golf team carded its seventh-best 36-hole score in school history today during the opening day of the 34th annual Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, held at the par 71, 7,017-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Illinois shot rounds of 285 and 282, its two best rounds of the 2005-06 season, good for a 36-hole total of 567 which ranks seventh in the all-time UI records book. Illinois is currently in seventh place out of 16 teams at 1-under par.

    San Diego State and UNLV are tied atop the team standings at 549, while Kansas State's Ben Kern leads the individual race at -8 with a score of 134.

    The Illini had solid performances throughout the lineup which resulted in a strong team performance. Junior Patrick Nagle, who carries a streak of four consecutive top-10 finishes into this weekend, led the way in round one with a three-under par 68, marking his lowest round of the spring and his second lowest round of the season. Fellow junior Kyle Hosick shot an even-par 71 and sophomores Mark Ogren and Frank Alafoginis each shot 73 to tally the Illini's final two scores of the opening round.

    In the afternoon round, Hosick and Ogren each carded 1-under rounds of 70 to lead the way, with Hosick's 70 marking a season-low score. Alafoginis and senior Blair Harkins added the other scores of round two, each tying their career-low rounds with even-par 71s.

    Nagle and Hosick are tied for 20th place in the 85-player field at 1-under par with 36-hole totals of 141, while Ogren is tied for 30th at 1-over, 143. Alafoginis is one stroke behind Ogren, tied for 37th at +2 (144), while Harkins is tied for 50th at +4 (146).

    The third and final round of the 54-hole Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational will be held on Sunday.

    Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational Team Standings (after two of three rounds)
    T1.  San Diego State    277-272=549
    T1.  UNLV               279-270=549
    T3.  Kansas State       287-271=558
    T3.  Arizona            278-280=558
    5.   Stanford           283-276=559
    6.   Arizona State      283-277=560
    7.   ILLINOIS           285-282=567
    8.   California         287-285=572
    9.   Texas Tech         284-289=573
    10.  South Carolina     288-289=577
    11.  Colorado State     283-297=580
    12.  Central Florida    291-290=581
    13.  Oregon             294-289=583
    14.  Arkansas           294-293=587
    15.  Arizona State "B"  302-294=596
    16.  Penn State         302-300=602
    

    Illinois Results (after two of three rounds) T20. Patrick Nagle 68-73=141 -1 T20. Kyle Hosick 71-70=141 -1 T30. Mark Ogren 73-70=143 +1 T37. Frank Alafoginis 73-71=144 +2 T50. Blair Harkins 75-71=146 +4

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