Illini in Second After 36 Holes at Boilermaker
April 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The University of Illinois rallied from an inconsistent first round to shoot a 1-under-par 287 in the second round and move into second place (+7) after 36 holes at the Boilermaker Invitational at the par-72, 7,465-yard Kampen Course on Saturday. Iowa leads the event at +1 and the Illini were one of only three teams, along with the Hawkeyes and third-place Wichita State, to shoot under par as a team in either of the tournament's first two rounds. Iowa's Joseph Winslow is the individual leader at -4, but six golfers are within three strokes of him, including Illini junior Thomas Pieters, who is tied for fifth at -1.
"I was pleased with the comeback that we had in the afternoon," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "The morning wasn't bad, it just wasn't sharp. We still have some big numbers here and there that hurt us, but to show that resiliency in the afternoon is what we always talk about. The second 18 of a 36-hole day is a very, very, very important round."
Pieters carded a 72 in the morning and a 71 in the afternoon round. He caught fire on the front nine of the second round, notching birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 before holing out for eagle on the par-4 7th hole. A triple-bogey on No. 10 was the only blemish on his round, as he played even golf for the final eight holes of his round.
Sophomore Alex Burge stands tied for 14th at +1 following a 2-under-par 70 in the second round that included four birdies. Senior Mason Jacobs also shot under par in the afternoon, carding a 71 to rebound from a 78 in the morning round. He stands tied for 28th at +5, while freshman Thomas Detry's +6 is tied for 33rd. Sophomore Brian Campbell counted a first-round 74 in Illinois' team score, but notched an 81 in the afternoon for an overall +11 that has him tied for 52nd.
Pieters jumped eight spots from the first round to the second, while Burge leapt 12 spots up the leader board. Jacobs was tied with Eastern Michigan's Brett White as the tournament's fastest riser from one round to the next, as both golfers went from 57th place following the first round to tied for 27th after the second.
Tournament officials are expecting a frost delay to start play Sunday and have pushed back the round's start time to 8:30 a.m. CT.