Illini Take 5th at Isleworth to Finish Strong Fall
Oct. 22, 2013
WINDERMERE, Fla. - Sophomore Charlie Danielson fired a 6-under-par 66 on Tuesday, the day's best score, in the final round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, and the seventh-ranked Illini finished fifth in a loaded field after carding an 8-over 296 as a team for a 54-hole score of 869 (+5). Junior Brian Campbell was Illinois' top individual, tying for eighth following his final-round 75 at the par-72, 7,387-yard Isleworth Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
No. 1 Alabama took the team title with a final score of -26 and Crimson Tide senior Trey Mullinax grabbed medalist honors at -11 for the tournament.
"All in all, it was a solid tournament," Illini head coach Mike Small said. "I know the guys are disappointed in their finish because we don't usually finish tournaments like that. Even though we finished fifth, we came here to win. When that's out of the equation because Alabama played as well as they did, we still want to finish strong and that didn't happen today. When you get a guy shooting 6-under (like Danielson did), you can't waste that. It wasn't a typical Illini golf day and the guys were disappointed by that. But it was a successful fall and we're ready to get into the offseason now."
Danielson started strong with three birdies on a clean front nine before bogeying the par-4 10th. He recovered with a birdie on 13 and added an eagle on the par-4 16th. The sophomore from Osceola, Wis., added a birdie on No. 17 and a par on 18 to finish the third 66 in his Illini career, one off tying a personal record.
The rest of the Orange and Blue scuffled on the tournament's final day, as the winds kicked up and pin placements were more difficult. Following a 71 on Monday, sophomore David Kim never got rolling and ended up with a 7-over 79 and a 43rd-place finish. Sophomore Thomas Detry found a pair of birdies early on Nos. 2 and 3 but double-bogeys on 6 and 9 left him at +3 at the turn. He birdied Nos. 10 and 14 to get back to +1, but bogeyed three of the last four holes to finish with a 76 and in a tie for 40th.
Campbell carded a 3-over 75 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 13, and five bogeys on his card. Senior Jonathan Hauter also struggled, finding only two birdies in a round that ended up with seven bogeys and a quadruple-bogey for an 81.
The Illini wrap up the fall season finishing sixth or better in all four tournaments, including victories at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and The Macdonald Cup. Campbell and Detry both recorded their first collegiate victories during the fall campaign. Illinois opens the spring season Jan. 25 in Placida, Fla., in the Tinervin Cup, its annual head-to-head battle with Illinois State.