Illini Hold 25-Stroke Lead Through 36 at Wolf Run
Sept. 21, 2013
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - The Illinois men's golf team posted the two lowest scores of the day to build a 25-stroke lead after 36 holes at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate at the par-71, 7,155-yard Wolf Run Golf Club on Saturday, overcoming gusty winds throughout the day. Sophomore Thomas Detry holds the individual lead at 4-under-par thanks to matching 69s in the morning and afternoon, with fellow sophomore David Kim in second at -2 (70-70=140). Illinois' 36-hole team score of 563 ties the 10th-best 36-hole score in school history.
Junior Brian Campbell is tied for third at +1 (72-71=143), senior Jonathan Hauter is tied for fifth at +2 (71-73=144) and sophomore Charlie Danielson is tied for 14th at +6 (77-71=148). Junior Alex Burge, who is playing as an individual, stumbled in the afternoon after a first-round 72 and is tied for 22nd at +8 (72-78=150).
The Illini stand at -5 through two rounds (282-281=563) and Kentucky is second at +20. The Wildcats were the only other team in the field to post a team score under 290 on the day, as they recorded a 289 in the afternoon round. There were only nine rounds under 300 (+16).
"It was windy out there, but these guys embraced it," said assistant coach Justin Fetcho, who is leading the team this weekend while head coach Mike Small competes in the PGA Cup in England. "We got off to a little bit of a rocky start on the front nine in the morning, but we played the back nine well in the morning and afternoon. We threw some birdies together on the back. That means we gave a few away with some bogeys and we had some things we know we can improve on, but overall it was a great day and these guys held themselves up like champions.
"It was a total team effort today, and that's what we talked about after the round. We get in grooves like that and they just feed off each other. When everyone's playing good golf, it's really contagious and it was great to see that total team effort today."
Kim posted a tournament-best 12 birdies out of 36 holes on Saturday, while Detry had 11, and Danielson and Campbell each had nine. Hauter posted 25 pars on the day, second-most in the tournament.
Illinois dominated the par-3 16th hole in both rounds, as Kim, Danielson, Campbell, Detry and Burge all birdied it in the first round. Then Kim, Danielson and Campbell birdied the hole again in the afternoon round. In the second round, that helped Kim run off a string of five straight birdies on holes 15-18 and No. 1 - including a chip-in birdie on 15 and a near hole-in-one on No. 16.
Detry's 36-hole total of 138 is the best in his career, and his two rounds under 70 marked only the third and fourth times in his career he has posted scores under 70. The other two were both 68s, coming in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Fayetteville Regional and in the final round of the 2013 NCAA Championships. Kim's 36-hole total of 140 also is a career best, beating his previous best by six strokes.
The Illini will play in the final wave of tee times on Sunday, alongside Kentucky and third-place Auburn. Danielson will go off first at 9 a.m. CT off the first tee, with Detry finishing the groupings at 9:36. Burge will tee off at 7:30 a.m. with individuals from Auburn and Indiana.
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*Competing as an individual.