Illini, Detry Finish Sixth at Olympia Fields
Sept. 15, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - The No. 14 Illinois men's golf team posted the best round of the day, a 2-over-par 282, which lifted them into a tie for sixth place at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational. It marks the Illini's best finish at the tournament since winning the event in 2008. UI junior Brian Campbell shot a final-round 67 on the par-70, 7,142-yard North Course - tying for the best individual round of the day - and sophomore Thomas Detry fired a 1-over-par 71 to finish tied for sixth at +4 overall. Campbell finished tied for 23rd at +10 and sophomore Charlie Danielson tied for 29th at +11.
No. 1 Alabama ran away with the team title on a cool day that saw occasional rain showers, posting an 11-over-par final round to finish +9 for the tournament, 18 shots ahead of second-place Texas. The Crimson Tide's Robby Shelton and Stanford's Cameron Wilson shared medalist honors at even-par 210 for the tournament. SMU's Bryson Dechambeau equaled Campbell's final-round 67 but came up one stroke short in the individual race, finishing third at +1.
"There was a different vibe today," Illinois head coach Mike Small said of his team's round. "Brian got out early and didn't make his first bogey until the last hole and shot a three-under 67. That's strong out here today, where the pins were and how the course was set up. That set the tone, but that's the tone we have to have every day we play. That's what Illinois golf is. We didn't finish as well as we can, that's something we need to improve on. But to come out today and shoot a couple over (par) as a team and move up to sixth place after the first couple days we had is encouraging. It was a very positive day and this is more like we need to play and compete all the time."
Playing first off the 10th tee, senior Jonathan Hauter bogeyed No. 10, but Campbell, Danielson and sophomore David Kim all birdied the hole. Detry also bogeyed the par-4 10th, but he quickly got it back with birdies on Nos. 11 and 13. Campbell also added a birdie on the par-3 13th, while Danielson made four straight pars before a birdie on the par-5 15th. Hauter and Kim both bogeyed No. 14, then Campbell reeled off five straight pars to make the turn at -2.
Detry bogeyed No. 15 but three pars brought him to the turn at even par. Kim birdied the par-3 16th but bogeyed 18 to also turn at even par. Hauter struggled a bit just before the turn with a double-bogey and a bogey on 17 and 18, to make the turn at +5. Danielson added a birdie on 17 and a bogey on 18 for a 2-under 33 on his first nine holes.
On the front side, Hauter recorded four straight pars, then Campbell birdied the par-4 2nd hole. Danielson notched five consecutive pars, then Hauter bogeyed No. 5 and Campbell birdied the hole. Kim ran into trouble with three consecutive bogeys on holes 2-4. Detry bogeyed No. 3 but got it back with a birdie on the par-4 4th. He bogeyed No. 5 and rode a string a four straight pars to finish with a 1-over-par 71 for a tournament total of +4.
Campbell stayed steady up until the end, when he bogeyed No. 9, his final hole, for a 3-under 67, equaling Dechambeau for the day's best score. Kim bogeyed No. 7 to finish at 4-over, and Danielson bogeyed Nos. 6 and 8, carding an even-par 70. Hauter added three pars and a bogey on No. 8 to finish with a 77.
The Illini return to action next weekend at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind., on Saturday and Sunday. Illinois won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and finished second in 2008. The Orange and Blue did not play Wolf Run in 2011.