Illini in Second After Day 1 at NCAA Regional
May 15, 2014
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - No. 9 and second-seeded Illinois showed its blue-collar mindset on a cold, drizzly day at the par-72, 7,151-yard Rich Harvest Farms course, posting a 5-over-par 293 - one of only four rounds under 300 - to stand second after 18 holes at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional. No. 19 and fourth-seeded UAB leads by one stroke over the Fighting Illini, while UI is six shots ahead of Clemson and Kent State, which are tied for third at +11. The key, though, is the nine-shot difference between Illinois and the fifth-place tie between USC and Jacksonville State, since the top five teams advance to next week's NCAA Championships.
Junior Brian Campbell fired a 3-under-par 69 to stand atop the individual leaderboard, while sophomore Charlie Danielson is tied for sixth after a 1-over 73. The Illini start round two of the NCAA Regional Friday at 9:15 a.m. alongside UAB and Clemson.
"The course played extremely difficult today and the conditions were tough, but that's where we made our move," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "We started pretty well. We played solid after that and created some space, then we hung on late. Brian had a strong round, a 69 is really solid on this golf course. The last four holes on this course are very demanding but we battled through the adversity pretty well. It's a course you can't force the issue on and we took what it gave us and played solid.
"Our mindset is we're looking forward, we can't look behind us," Small said of the team leaderboard. "We've got to play better tomorrow to catch UAB and we're going to keep looking ahead."
After an up-and-down front nine, Campbell found his stride after the turn with three birdies and six pars. He birdied the par-5 2nd hole but a bogey on No. 4 and another at the par-4 8th left him at +1. He recovered with a birdie at the par-4 9th to turn at even par. That's when he found a groove, notching three pars before going birdie-birdie at the 13th and 14th. Two pars later, he added a birdie at the par-5 17th - one of only six birdies on the hole all day - and parred No. 18 for his 69.
Danielson got off to a strong start, notching birdies on his first two holes, but a double-bogey and a bogey on holes 5 and 6 left him at +1. He got back to even with a birdie at the par-4 9th, making him one of three Illini who made the turn at even par. A bogey at the par-4 12th set him back, but he recovered with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 to move to -1. But he bogeyed the par-4 15th and par-5 17th to finish with a 73.
Hauter bogeyed No. 4 but birdies at the par-3 5th and par-5 7th holes got him to -1. A bogey at No. 8 left him at even par at the turn, but he got back into red numbers with a birdie on No. 12. He stumbled down the stretch, though, making bogeys at 13, 15, 16 and 18 to finish with a 3-over-par 75.
Detry started with a birdie on No. 2 but followed that with a double-bogey at he par-3 3rd and a bogey on No. 4, and never recovered. He added bogeys on Nos. 8, 12 and 16 before notching a birdie at No. 17 for his 76. Burge bogeyed four of his first five holes before posting a birdie at No. 7 to turn at +3. But he added four more bogeys and a double-bogey compared to only one birdie on the back side for his 80.