Detry Notches First Win; Illini Dominate Wolf Run
Sept. 22, 2013
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Illinois sophomore Thomas Detry fired an even-par 71 in the final round of the Wolf Run Intercollegiate to earn his first collegiate victory on Sunday, and the Illini ran away with a 33-shot team victory as the Orange and Blue shot under par in all three rounds and finished -8 overall. Detry scored a three-stroke win over teammate Brian Campbell at the par-71, 7,155-yard Wolf Run Golf Club. Illinois swept the top four spots on the individual leaderboard, with sophomore David Kim taking third and sophomore Charlie Danielson placing fourth.
It marked Illinois' 27th team title since the beginning of the 2008-09 season and the team's final score of 844 was the eighth-best in school history and best in regular-season play since 2010. Prior to this victory, Detry's best finish in a tournament was tied for second at the 2013 NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
"It's pretty awesome," Detry said of his first collegiate win. "I played well the whole tournament. I was plus-3 through 11 yesterday morning and finished -2, so that was good to finish strong and that gave me some momentum to get a 2-under round in the afternoon. I missed a couple of short putts today, but overall it was a solid round."
The Illini's four counting scores in Sunday's final round dominated the leaderboard, as Campbell placed second at -1 overall thanks to a final-round 69, Kim's 74 put him in third place at +1 overall, and Danielson carded the day's best score - a 4-under-par 67 - to jump 10 spots and finish in fourth place at +2 overall.
"It was windy and the tees were in different spots and pin placements were much tougher, but guys played strong today," Illinois assistant coach Justin Fetcho said. "Charlie was the first one out and he made the turn at 5-under, so I was in the ninth fairway spreading the word to guys that we've got somebody going low, and that fed through everyone. Guys responded to that and we had some good scores."
Illinois dominated the par-3 16th hole all weekend, cleaning up 12 birdies in 18 attempts. Danielson, Campbell and Hauter all birdied it on Sunday. Danielson notched a tournament-best 17 birdies over the weekend's three rounds, with Detry's 15 birdies coming in second and Kim third with 14. Hauter recorded the third-most pars with 34.
Danielson also had a tournament-best par-4 scoring average of 3.94, going -2 on par-4s for the tournament. Detry finished even on par-4s and had a tourney-best 4.44 scoring average on par-5s, going -5 on those holes. The Illini's five attached players combined to shoot +3 on par-4s, recording five of the six best scoring averages on those holes in the tourney.
The Illini have next weekend off before heading to the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., for the Macdonald Cup on Oct. 5-6.
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