Campbell, Illini Win Macdonald Cup
Oct. 6, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 17 Illinois kept rolling at the Macdonald Cup on Sunday, once again breaking the single-round school record with a 12-under-par 268 and cruising to a 25-shot victory over the other 13 teams in the field at The Course at Yale (par-70, 6,789-yards). The Illini's final team score of 807 (-33) broke the 54-hole school record by 24 strokes and junior Brian Campbell fired a final-round 66 to win the tournament at -13, his first collegiate victory. His three-round total of 197 marked the first sub-200 54-hole score in school history and broke Scott Langley's 54-hole school record by four shots. Campbell's 197 also is believed to be the second-best 54-hole score in Big Ten history behind Indiana's Jeff Overton, who fired a 192 at the 2004 Xavier Invitational.
"Brian played well all weekend," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "He deserved to win it. We really didn't get off to a very good start today, but I was proud of the way the guys fought back. Our wedge play and putting were very good this weekend. I don't care where you play, to shoot those scores like they did was impressive."
Illinois won consecutive tournaments after lapping the field at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate two weeks ago, marking the second time in its last six tournaments that it had won back-to-back events (also the 2013 Big Ten Championship and 2013 NCAA South Central Regional). All five Illini placed within the top eight individually, as all of them finished under par on the weekend and posted career-best 54-hole scores.
Illinois broke the school record for a single round in two of the tournament's three rounds (round one - 269, round three - 268), and shattered school records for 36-hole (539 compared to the previous mark of 555) and 54-hole (807 compared to 831) scores. And four of the five players posted 54-hole totals inside the top 10 in school history
Campbell scored a four-shot victory over Hartford's Evan Russell, with sophomore Charlie Danielson finishing third thanks to a final-round 68. His 54-hole total of 202 (-8) ranks as the third-best in school history. Senior Jonathan Hauter continued his solid weekend, posting a 69 on Sunday to finish fourth at -6. His three-round 204 is the eighth-best 54-hole score in school history. And Thomas Detry fired a career-best 66 on Sunday to place fifth at -5, with his 205 standing as the ninth-best 54-hole score in school history. David Kim posted a career-best 54-hole score of 208 (-2) after a final-round 69, tying for eighth place.
Campbell posted the most birdies in the tournament with 17, including a tourney-best -8 on par-4s. Illinois notched 60 birdies on the weekend - 10 more than the next-best team, St. Edward's - was the only team under par on par-3s (-1), shot -18 on par-4 holes and -15 on par-5s.
The Illini wrap up the fall season Oct. 20-22 in Windermere, Fla., at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.