Brian Campbell gets up and down for par on No. 10. He had three birdies on his last five holes Monday at Olympia Fields.
Oct. 1, 2012
Olympia Fields, Ill. -
Arkansas continues to pace the field at the Seventh Annual OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. The Razorbacks shot a two-under par 278 and at +1 take a 12-shot lead over SEC rival Auburn (+13) into Tuesday's third and final round.
Illinois got a nice day from sophomore Brian Campbell, who fired an even par 70 to move into a tie for 14th at +4, just three stroke out of the top five. Campbell finished strong with birdies on three of his final five holes.
"Individually, Brian came back strong," Illinois head coach Mike Small said in assessing his team's day. "He handled adversity well and kept his focus all day. When he missed some greens, he missed them on the correct sides, which you have to do on this golf course. He got up and down, made a couple really good par saves and birdied two of this last three."
Sophomore Alex Burge improved on his opening round by two strokes, shooting a two-over 72 on the 7,080-yard par-70 Olympia Fields South Course. Burge's day included three birdies. Freshman Charlie Danielson, meanwhile, is in a tie for 36th after a second-round 74.
"Alex played strong again," Small said. "He still had a couple of hiccups. If we tidy those things up, Alex is going to be a good player. A 72 for him is solid. If we get another one of those from him tomorrow, that will be huge."
Illinois fell four spots into a tie for 11th with Clemson at +32 after 36 holes. The Illini shot a 17-over par 287 and will play the final day with Augusta State (+33) and Purdue (+36).
"As a team, it was a rough day today," Small said. "We haven't had one of these in a while. If you're going to compete at this level, you have to have all five guys bring it. We have to put today behind us and come back tomorrow and play strong."
Florida State and Northwestern are tied for third at +18 with Oklahoma State rounding out the five at +20. Duke (+22) and Stanford (+22) are tied for seventh and will tee it up at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Duke's Adam Sumrall had the highlight of the day with a hole-in-one on the 212-yard par 3 12th.
Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen had the best of the nine scores under par on Monday with a three-under par 67. He leads the race for the individual medalist at -3 for the tournament, one strong in front of Duke's Brinson Paolini (-2). Defending champion Patrick Rodgers of Stanford is just two strokes back at even par after a 68, tied with Taylor Moore of Arkansas. The Razorbacks' Joe Doramus and first round leader Nicholas Losole of Northwestern are tied for fifth at +1.
The tee times for Tuesday have been moved up to 7:30 a.m. to accommodate flights for some of the teams. Follow the action at golfstatresults.com.