Scott Langley and the Illini finished 17th and 21st, respectively, at the past two NCAA Championships.
May 10, 2010
Indianapolis, Ind. - Two-time Big Ten champion Illinois will begin NCAA play as the No. 3 seed at the Bremerton, Wash., Regional. On Monday, the NCAA released the 81 teams and 45 additional individuals who will compete at one of the sixth regional tournaments, which will be May 20-22. The Illini will be one of 13 teams competing at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The top five teams from each regional qualify for the NCAA Championship, which is June 1-5 at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Illini also held their annual banquet on Monday evening. Besides honoring the 2010 letterwinners, two of the three major awards were handed out. Sophomore Zach Barlow earned the Low Qualifying Average Award with a stroke average of 69.89. Senior Matt Hoffman got the team's vote for the Spirit Award. The Low Season Stroke Average trophy was too close to call with juniors Chris DeForest (71.54) and Scott Langley (71.59) ranked as not only the top two averages on the team, but also the Big Ten Conference.
The Illini, which will be seeking their third straight NCAA Championship appearance, enter the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 11 in the Golfweek computer rankings. The rest of the teams in the Washington Regional (Golfweek rankings in parentheses) include host top seed Washington (4), No. 2 seed USC (10), No. 4 Oregon State (25), No. 5 San Diego (32), No. 6 Colorado State (26), No. 7 Middle Tennessee (41), No. 8 SMU (44), No. 9 New Mexico (53), No. 10 Fresno State (56), No. 11 Eastern Michigan (64), No. VCU (75) and No, 13 Loyola of Maryland (231).
Illinois is one of six Big Ten teams who qualified for a regional. Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana are seeded 7-10 at the Notre Dame Regional. Penn State is the No. 11 seed at the Yale Regional.