Pieters Earns Second Career All-America Honor
June 6, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illini Thomas Pieters was named an honorable mention All-American by Golfweek Thursday, joining freshman Charlie Danielson as a 2013 All-American. Danielson earned the honor by finishing in the top 15 of stroke-play competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships, while Pieters' award was determined by his 38th-place finish in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's collegiate individual rankings.
Pieters led the Illini to the best NCAA finish in school history in 2013, as the Orange and Blue finished runner-up to Alabama at the NCAA Championships. After finishing fifth in the stroke-play portion of the championships, Illinois defeated 2012 NCAA champion Texas in the match-play quarterfinals. The Illini then topped No. 1 California in the match-play semifinals when Pieters won a 20-hole marathon with 2013 NCAA individual champion Max Homa to advance to the championship match, where they fell to the Crimson Tide.
In 2013, Illinois won its fifth-straight Big Ten championship and also captured the first NCAA Regional title in school history when it won the Fayetteville Regional. The Illini won four other tournaments to give them six wins on the season, second-most in school history behind the 2008-09 team's seven victories. Pieters was named Big Ten Golfer of the Year, while Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after posting the second-best stroke average on the team.