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    Junior Scott Langley posted a pair of birdies on the final holes of last year's Boilermaker Invite to help the Illini to victory

    Junior Scott Langley posted a pair of birdies on the final holes of last year's Boilermaker Invite to help the Illini to victory

    April 16, 2010

    Carmel, Indiana -

    The Illini men's golf team will travel to Indiana twice next week for the Crooked Stick Invitational on April 19-20 and the Purdue Boilermaker Invitational on April 24-25.

    The team will play 36 holes at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana on Monday, starting at 9 a.m. and will finish with 18 holes on Tuesday. The 12-team field includes Indiana, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Xavier, IUPUI, Ball State, Middle Tennessee State, Wichita State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Butler, and Minnesota.

    The Crooked Stick Golf club, designed by famous golf architect Pete Dye, has hosted multiple major tournaments, including the 1991 PGA Championship, 1993 U.S. Women's Open, and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.

    On Friday, the Illini travel to West Lafayette for the Boilermaker Invitational where they are the defending champions. Last season, the Illini overcame an eight-stroke deficit in the final three holes to edge out Penn State by a one stroke. Head coach Mike Small has the team focused on the task at hand.

    "Last year is in the past," Small said. "We're focused on winning again this week."

    The Boilermaker Invitational will also host a 12-team field, including Akron, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Toledo and Wisconsin.

    The team will have a short practice week in between tournaments, but coach Small isn't concerned about it affecting the team's performance.

    "We've been preparing for the last two and a half weeks," Small said. "Now it's time to go out and play golf."

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