Short-Handed Illini Tied for 3rd at Isleworth
Oct. 20, 2013
WINDERMERE, Fla. - No. 7 Illinois was without one of its top players in the first round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Sunday, as sophomore Charlie Danielson was sidelined by a back injury. But you wouldn't have known it by the results, as the Fighting Illini are tied for third after playing without a drop score at the par-72, 7,387-yard Isleworth Golf and Country Club thanks to a first-round, 4-under-par 284. Illinois is tied with No. 3 California at -4, No. 19 UCF stands second at -6 and top-ranked Alabama leads after one round thanks to a 280 (-8).
Junior Brian Campbell is in third, one shot off the individual lead after firing a 5-under 67, while senior Jonathan Hauter carded a bogey-free 69 to stand tied for seventh. Sophomores Thomas Detry and David Kim are tied for 39th at +2. Alabama's Trey Mullinax and Cal's Joel Stalter sit atop the individual leaderboard at -6.
"We were disappointed that Charlie couldn't go, but we really looked at it as an opportunity to go four men against this field and show people that we can compete," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "My hat's off to all four of these guys, knowing that they're all going to count. To play without a double-bogey on our card was pretty impressive. The key was all four guys saw this as an opportunity to show people what kind of players they are."
Campbell got the Illini rolling with a chip-in birdie on No. 1 but gave it back on the second hole. But he pulled it back together with another birdie on the par-4 4th and added two more birdies on the front nine to make the turn at -3. He played a clean back nine with birdies on Nos. 13 and 16 for his 67.
Hauter was steady throughout the front nine, stringing together six straight pars at the start before notching a birdie on the par-5 7th. He added two more birdies on Nos. 10 and 18 for his fourth straight round under 70.
Kim played even on the front nine after a birdie on No. 6 and a bogey on 7. He bogeyed No. 10 but birdied the par-3 11th to get back to even. His round went a bit sideways from there, with bogeys on Nos. 12, 13 and 16 before recovering with a birdie on the par-5 17th for a 74.
Detry also played even on the front side after a bogey on No. 3 and a birdie on No. 7. He bogeyed No. 10 but got it back with a birdie on No. 13, but bogeys on 15 and 18 landed him at 74 on the day.
"We've just got to take care of it tomorrow because we might be (playing with) four tomorrow," Small said. "We might have Charlie, but we don't know. We just have to play as confident and as smart as we can, and we'll see what happens."
The Illini tee off in the second round Monday at 7:50 a.m. CT alongside UNLV and Arkansas.