Illini Take Part in Desert Shootout This Weekend
March 20, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With one tournament title and another third-place finish in stroke-play events to its name already this spring, Illinois will open play in the 2013 Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., on Thursday. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will feature 16 teams and will be held at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course from Thursday through Saturday with a shotgun start each day at 9:30 a.m. CT.
"We're spending a good week together on spring break working on our games in good conditions in Arizona, which is valuable for us," Illini head coach Mike Small said. "We're looking forward to taking the work we've put in the last four days and competing in this event. It's a tournament that has had competitive fields and low scores in the past and I expect the same this year, so it will be good to see where we stack up."
The tournament field will be composed of Air Force, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Denver, Idaho, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Southern Utah and Tulsa in addition to the Illini.
Illinois stands firm at No. 19 in the Golf World/Nike coaches' poll and No. 20 in the Golfweek computer rankings. Four of the Illini in the lineup will remain the same as at the Louisiana Classics: Thomas Pieters, Mason Jacobs, Brian Campbell and Charlie Danielson. After a strong performance in Louisiana and a victory in a practice competition, Alex Burge has earned the fifth lineup spot for the Desert Shootout.