Illinois freshman Scott Langley is tied for fourth after 36 holes.
April 19, 2008
West Lafayette, Ind. -
Illinois is in the hunt after the first day of the Boilermaker Invitational. The Illini are third in the 14-team tournament after 36 of 54 holes and are within six strokes of the lead. The final 18 holes will be played Sunday.
The Illini shot 282-287-569 as a team, good for a tie for third place with Kent State. Indiana's Jorge Campillo leads the tournament individually at 13-under par 131 and the 20th-ranked Hoosiers are tied with 21st-ranked Michigan State for the team lead at 13-under par 563. Fourth-ranked Charlotte is in seventh place at 574.
Campillo has a seven-stroke lead over Michigan State's Ryan Brehm and Kent State's John Hahn, who are at six-under par 138 on the 7,079 par-72 Kampen Course. Langley and Eastern Michigan's Graham Hill are just one stroke off that duo at five-under par 139, in a tie for fourth.
Barlow is tied for eighth at three-under par 141. Sophomore Matt Hoffman (73-73-146) is tied for 30th, freshman Chris DeForest (74-73-147) is tied for 41st, and junior Larry Blatt (70-80-150) is tied for 55th in the 75-man field.
"To be in this position with such a quality field shows that we're headed in the right direction," said Illinois head coach Mike Small. "We had Langley and Barlow each post solid scores in each round and had some consistency up and down the line-up. If we can keep the momentum and do the same tomorrow, we should be in for a good finish, if not contend the title."