May 21, 2014
|Fighting Illini at 2014 NCAA Championships
||May 23-28, 2014
||Prairie Dunes Country Club | Hutchinson, Kan. | Par 70 | 6,941 yards
|Illini Tee Times
||Round 1 | May 23 | 1:10 p.m.
Round 2 | May 24 | 7:50 a.m.
Round 3 | May 25 | TBD (determined by round 2 standings)
|#1 Alabama, #2 Oklahoma State, #3 Stanford, #4 Georgia Tech, #5 California, #6 Georgia, #7 Washington, #8 Illinois, #9 Virginia Tech, #10 Houston, #11 Arkansas, #12 UAB, #13 Oklahoma, #14 Vanderbilt, #15 LSU, #16 Texas, #17 Florida State, #18 Texas A&M, #19 UCLA, #20 Southern California, #21 Auburn, #22 South Carolina, #23 Oregon, #24 SMU, #25 Kentucky, #26 Kennesaw State, #27 Missouri, #28 Purdue, #29 Georgia State, #30 Iowa State
|Ricardo Gouveia (UCF), Denny McCarthy (Virginia), Taylor Pendrith (Kent State), Marco Iten (Austin Peay), Chris Robb (Chattanooga), Cyrus Stewart (Wake Forest)
||Stroke Play (May 23-26) & Match Play (May 27-28)
72-Hole Stroke Play Tournament (individual champion)
8-Team Match Play Bracket (team champion)
||Free (Parking: $10/day)
||Golf Channel | May 26-28 | 4-7 p.m. CT each day
||Brian Campbell | Charlie Danielson | Thomas Detry | Jonathan Hauter | Alex Burge
||Coach Small | Campbell | Danielson | Detry
||@IlliniGolf | #Illini | Facebook | YouTube
|Illinois Lineup for NCAA Championships|
||NCAA Sugar Grove Regional medalist
||Shared medalist honors at Big Ten Championships
||Has 4 consecutive top-12 finishes
||Has 10 rounds under par this season
||Posted career-low 215 at 2013 NCAA Championships
|Also On Roster
||T-11th at Boilermaker Invitational in April
Illinois Earns Highest NCAA Seed in Program History
The Fighting Illini received the highest NCAA Championships seed in program history on May 19 when they were named the No. 8 seed for the 2014 event. Illinois' previous highest seed for the NCAA Championships was No. 9 in 2011, which the Orange and Blue out-performed by advancing to the match-play portion and tying for fifth after dropping their first match.
Longest Active Streaks of NCAA Final Appearances
Illinois is one of only five schools to advance to the NCAA Championships in each of the past seven seasons. The Illini are tied with Texas A&M for the fifth-longest active streak with seven consecutive appearances, which checks in behind UCLA (12), USC (8) and Texas (8). Illinois is the only northern school in the elite group. Florida's 13-year streak was snapped this season when the Gators failed to make the 81-team regional field.
NCAA Seeding, Tee Times and Format
Illinois, which will compete at the NCAA Championships for the 22nd time in school history, was seeded eighth and paired with No. 7 Washington and No. 9 Virginia Tech for the first two rounds of the championship. The three teams will go off the No. 10 tee from 1:10-1:50 p.m. on Friday, May 23. During round two, the Orange and Blue will tee off No. 1 between 7:50-8:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 24. Third-round pairings for Sunday, May 25, will be based on scores after round two.
The top eight teams after the third round of stroke play will advance to the match-play portion of the championship, while the top 40 individuals will compete in a final round of stroke play on Monday, May 26, to crown an individual national champion from the field of 156 participants (30 teams plus six individuals). Players will be paired according to standing order and will tee off between 11:35 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, May 27, will feature the Nos. 2 and 7 (7 a.m. off hole No. 1) teams in the standings after stroke play, Nos. 3 and 6 (7 a.m. off hole No. 10), Nos. 1 and 8 teams (7:50 a.m. off hole No. 1) and Nos. 4 and 5 (7:50 a.m. off hole No. 10). Semifinal matches will be held on the afternoon of May 27, at 1:30 p.m. (2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winner) and 2:20 p.m. (1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winner), while the championship match is slated for Wednesday, May 28, at 2:10 p.m.
For the first time, Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the final three days of the championships, starting with the final round of individual competition on May 26 from 4-7 p.m. CT. The network will then air coverage of the match-play quarterfinals and semifinals from 4-7 p.m. on May 27, as well as coverage of the championship match from 4-7 p.m. on May 28.
The Venue - Prairie Dunes Country Club
Prairie Dunes is an American original, commissioned by Emerson Carey - founder of Carey Salt Company - and his family and built by Perry Maxwell, a links style course reminiscent of the seaside courses in Scotland. The first nine holes opened on Sept. 13, 1937, while the second nine were designed by Maxwell's son, Press, and opened 20 years later in 1957.
Prairie Dunes has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments, including five Trans-Miss Men's Amateurs, three U.S. Women's Amateurs, the 2006 U.S. Senior Open, the 2002 U.S. Women's Open, the 1995 U.S. Men's Senior Amateur and a Curtis Cup match in 1986. Golf Digest ranked it No. 25 among America's 100 greatest golf courses in its 2013-14 rankings, while Golfweek named Prairie Dunes No. 13 among the best classic courses. Golf Magazine also ranked Prairie Dunes No. 17 on its top 100 American courses and No. 26 in the world. The par-70 championship course will measure 6,941 yards at the NCAA Championships.
Illini Win Second-Straight Regional Title
Illinois qualified for its seventh-straight NCAA Championships by winning its second-straight NCAA Regional title last weekend at the Sugar Grove Regional at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago. The second-seeded Fighting Illini overcame a one-shot deficit after two rounds, firing a 7-over-par 295 to beat UAB by two strokes. In 2013, Illinois won the Fayetteville Regional by three shots after entering as the No. 7 seed. The pair of victories mark the only NCAA Regional titles in school history.
Illini Win 4 Tournaments in 2013-14
Illinois has won four tournaments this season, tied for sixth-most in the country. The Fighting Illini won the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and The Macdonald Cup in the fall, and earned team titles at the Louisiana Classics and the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional this spring. It marks the fifth time in the last six years that Illinois has won four or more tournaments, and the Orange and Blue have now won 38 events under head coach Mike Small - half of the tournament titles in school history dating back to 1923. Over the last six years, the Illini have racked up 30 wins.
Records Fall in 2013-14
Illinois has broken a number of records this season, including team stroke average in the fall and records for low 54-hole team and individual scores. At The Macdonald Cup in October, the Illini broke records for low 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole team scores, while Brian Campbell broke the 54-hole scoring record and tied the 36-hole mark. Illinois actually topped the previous 18-hole scoring record twice at that tournament, with a 269 in the first round and a 268 in the final round. And Campbell's 54-hole score of 197 was the second-best 54-hole score in Big Ten history, behind only the 192 that Indiana's Jeff Overton posted at the 2004 Xavier Invitational.
Illinois also broke the previous school record with a sparkling 282.75 team stroke average in the fall, as seven of its 12 rounds during the fall season were under par. The Illini are within range of breaking the full-season team stroke average record, which is currently held by the 1988-89 squad - Steve Stricker's final season - at 288.30. This year's team currently holds a 285.71 stroke average.
Campbell Takes Home Big Ten's Top Honor
Junior Brian Campbell nabbed the Big Ten's top honor on May 7 when he was named Big Ten Player of the Year. The Irvine, California, native became the third-straight Illinois player to take home the honor, following Thomas Pieters in 2013 and Luke Guthrie in 2012. Scott Langley also earned the award in 2010, meaning Illini golfers have grabbed it in four of the past five years. Campbell proved his merit the following week when he won the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional by four shots, his second tournament win of the season.
Detry Named to European Squad for 2014 Palmer Cup
Sophomore Thomas Detry became the third Fighting Illini golfer to be named to a Palmer Cup squad in the last five years when he was announced as an automatic selection to the European side for the 2014 event. Detry joins Thomas Pieters (Europe, 2012) and Scott Langley (USA, 2010) as Illinois players who have participated in the Ryder Cup-style tournament. This year's event will be held at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, June 26-28.
Campbell, Danielson, Detry Named First-Team All-Big Ten
Brian Campbell, Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry all were named unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team on May 7, marking only the second time that three Illinois players have earned first-team honors in the same season. Chris DeForest, Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley also accomplished the feat in 2010. Danielson also was named the Les Bolstad Award winner after posting the best season stroke average in the Big Ten at the end of the Big Ten Championships at 71.07. He was the third Illini to earn the honor in the last five years, joining Luke Guthrie (2012, 70.93) and Chris DeForest (2010, 71.45)
Illini in the Rankings
Brian Campbell stands at No. 33 in the latest Golfstat Cup statistical rankings, while Charlie Danielson is close behind at No. 38 following the NCAA Regionals. Thomas Detry comes in at No. 52. In the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings, Campbell is No. 26, Detry is No. 44 and Danielson is No. 55.
Familiar Faces in Illini Lineup
Four of the five golfers in Illinois' lineup for the 2014 NCAA Championships helped the Fighting Illini to a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Alex Burge, Brian Campbell, Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry all were key parts of last year's squad and return for this year's NCAA finals.
Illinois counted two of Burge's three stroke-play rounds at the 2013 NCAA Championships, then he knocked off Texas' Cody Gribble in the teams' quarterfinal match. Campbell bounced back from a rough last two rounds of stroke play and quarterfinal match to beat Cal's Michael Kim in the semifinal match. Danielson was an automatic All-American selection after finishing tied for 13th with a 4-under-par 206, then beat Texas' Toni Hakula and Cal's Joel Stalter before falling to Alabama's Trey Mullinax, 1-up. Detry finished tied for 38th in stroke play and beat Texas' Julio Vegas in the quarterfinals.
The only different faces are the loss of Thomas Pieters, who turned pro and recently tied for second at the European Tour's Spanish Open after a three-man playoff, and the addition of fifth-year senior Jonathan Hauter to the championship lineup. Hauter had only played 15 rounds as part of Illinois' team prior to this season, all in the 2011-12 season. After entering the season with a 76.04 career stroke average, the senior has posted a respectable 73.68 mark this year, including three top-10 finishes and seven top-25s.
Illini Ranked in WAGR Top 100
Thomas Detry, Charlie Danielson and Brian Campbell all are ranked in the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) through events of May 11, with Detry holding the highest standing at No. 12. Danielson stands at No. 40 and Campbell is at No. 84. But those rankings don't include the NCAA Regionals. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers holds the No. 1 spot in the WAGR.
Top Trio Propels Illini into Postseason
Usually, a top player emerges throughout the course of a team's season. But this year, three Illinois players have proved to be equally elite with their play. Brian Campbell (71.26), Charlie Danielson (71.36) and Thomas Detry (71.62) all carry season stroke averages under 72 and any of the three could break Luke Guthrie's single-season record of 71.19. Campbell and Danielson are separated by 0.10 stroke per round atop the Illini statistics, while Detry is just 12 shots behind Campbell. Campbell and Detry have both played 34 rounds, while Danielson has one less round on the season because he withdrew from the first round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational with an injury but played the final two rounds.
Campbell, Danielson and Detry have combined for 29 rounds in the 60s and only 10 rounds over 75 all season, totaling 45 rounds under par and 18 even-par rounds among their 101 total rounds in 2013-14 (62.3 percent of rounds at or below par). Campbell and Detry each won a tournament in the fall, while Campbell won the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional and Danielson shared medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships.
But Don't Sleep on Burge, Hauter
While Campbell, Danielson and Detry have garnered the headlines in 2013-14, Illinois' fourth and fifth players - Jonathan Hauter and Alex Burge - have proved capable. Hauter's 73.68 season stroke average would land just outside Illinois' top-25 list, while Burge was inserted into the lineup for the NCAA Regional and provided a counting score in the second round. Hauter was Illinois' top finisher at the Boilermaker Invitational in April, tying for sixth, has three top-10 finishes and five top-15s on the season. He also has 10 rounds under par. While Burge has struggled with consistency this season, he has two top-25 finishes in five starts - four while playing as an individual - and this will be his third NCAA Championships appearance.
Success under Coach Small
Head coach Mike Small has turned the Fighting Illini program into a factor on the national stage, having reached the NCAA Championships in seven consecutive seasons and winning back-to-back NCAA Regional titles. Illinois finished second to Alabama in 2013 and has won 38 tournaments in Small's 14 years at the helm. He has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year six times and he also has won five Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors. Illinois had only seven All-Americans in program history prior to Small taking over the program. During his tenure, seven golfers have earned 12 All-America honors, including Charlie Danielson and Thomas Pieters in 2013. He also has produced two individual NCAA champions: Pieters in 2012 and Scott Langley in 2010.