Campbell, Danielson, Detry Earn All-America Honors
June 19, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois golfer Brian Campbell was named a PING second-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Thursday, while teammates Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry were named honorable mention All-Americans. It marks only the second time in school history that three Fighting Illini players have earned All-America honors in the same season, along with Luke Guthrie, Scott Langley and Chris DeForest in 2011.
Seven Illinois players now have earned 10 All-America honors in the last four seasons, while nine players have racked up 15 All-America honors during head coach Mike Small's 14-year tenure.
Campbell, who is currently No. 25 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, was awarded second-team All-America status after finishing tied for ninth at the NCAA Championships, including a final-round 63 that tied both the Illinois and Prairie Dunes Country Club course records. It is his first career All-America honor. He also earned medalist honors at the NCAA Sugar Grove regional in his junior season and posted the second-best 54-hole score in Big Ten history with a 197 at The Macdonald Cup, his first career victory. The Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, Campbell also broke Guthrie's school record for single-season stroke average with a 71.08 mark, besting Guthrie by four strokes over the same number of total rounds (37).
Danielson garners his second career All-America honor after also earning honorable mention laurels in 2013. He shared medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships and won the Les Bolstad Award by virtue of holding the lowest season stroke average among conference players after the Big Ten Championships. A unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, he posted four top-five finishes and nine top-25s during his sophomore season, and shared the team lead with 16 rounds under par on the way to a 71.25 season stroke average.
Detry, currently the No. 12 amateur in the world, notched his first career All-America honor after a strong sophomore campaign. He ranked third on the team with a 71.62 season stroke average, marking the first time in school history that three Illini have recorded averages better than 72 in a campaign. He notched his first career victory at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and posted five top-10 finishes on his way to unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors. Detry had nine top-25 finishes and posted 15 rounds under par, including a career-best 5-under 65 in the second round of the NCAA Championships.
PING All-America Teams