Illini Go Low on Day 1 of Macdonald Cup
Oct. 5, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 17 Illinois posted an incredible 36 holes of golf at the Macdonald Cup on the par-70, 6,789-yard The Course at Yale on Saturday, as both of the Illini's rounds bested the previous school record of 272. The Illini lead host Yale by 11 shots with a 21-under-par 539 and junior Brian Campbell holds the individual lead at -9.
The Orange and Blue posted a 269 (-11) in the morning and added a 270 (-10) in the afternoon, shattering the previous school record of 555 from the 2008 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate with a 539 through two rounds at Yale. Two teams and one individual did not finish the second round because of darkness, meaning full team and individual leaderboards were not available.
Campbell tied the second-best score in school history with a 64 in the first round, then added a 67 in the afternoon to hold a tournament-best 9-under 131, which equals Scott Langley's 36-hole school record from the 2008 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate. Campbell needs a 69 on Sunday to break Langley's 54-hole record.
"It was a total team effort," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "When we're throwing out even-par 70s, that's pretty good. That's what you want. It's encouraging to see the depth for the second tournament in a row, but if we don't come out tomorrow firing on all cylinders, you've got to watch it. It's always dangerous when you're playing a team on its home course. Everything's promising and encouraging, but we can't get too wrapped up in it because there's still one round to go."
That depth Small spoke of was rarely as apparent as Saturday, when Illinois counted four scores under par in each round. In the morning, Campbell led the way with a 64, just one stroke shy of tying Chris DeForest's school-record 63 from the 2007 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate. Senior Jonathan Hauter carded a 3-under 67, while sophomores Thomas Detry and Charlie Danielson added 1-under 69s. Sophomore David Kim added a solid, even-par 70 round that wasn't included in the team score.
In the afternoon, Danielson heated up, carding a 66 to finish the day -5. Hauter added a 68 to also stand at -5, and Campbell's second-round 67 left him at -9 overall. Kim posted a 69 in the afternoon to stand -1 overall, while Detry's 70 also left him at -1 for the tournament.
Two groups of players from Rhode Island and Central Connecticut will complete the second round at 6:30 a.m. CT, then the final round will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.