July 18, 2014
*New school record
|2013-14 Fighting Illini
|Brian Campbell||Jr.||71.08*||7||9||PING second-team All-American
|Charlie Danielson||So.||71.25||4||9||PING honorable mention All-American
|Thomas Detry||So.||71.62||5||9||PING honorable mention All-American
|Jonathan Hauter||Sr.||73.57||3||7||PING All-Midwest Region
|David Kim||So.||73.77||2||4||T-11th at Boilermaker Invitational
|Alex Burge||Jr.||75.00||0||2||Notched 2 counting rounds in postseason
Illini Reach NCAA Match Play for Third Time in Last 4 Seasons
Illinois continued to assert itself at the highest level, qualifying for the match-play portion at the NCAA Championships for the second-straight season and third time in the last four years before falling to Stanford in the quarterfinals, 3-2. The Cardinal was the top-seeded team in match play after finishing first in the stroke-play portion, while the Fighting Illini tied for seventh. Illinois took Stanford to the brink, as Alex Burge played individual NCAA champion Cameron Wilson even through 16 holes in the final match before Wilson won the 17th and the pair halved No. 18 to give the Cardinal the victory. Brian Campbell tied for ninth individually after tying both the Prairie Dunes Country Club and Illinois records with his final-round 63 (-7). It was the best spring round in school history and tied Chris DeForest's 63 from the 2007 D.A. Weibring Invitational as the Illini's 18-hole school record.
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 in 2013-14 when the Gators failed to make the 81-team regional field.
Campbell, Danielson, Detry Earn All-America Honors
Three Fighting Illini players earned All-America honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America, as Brian Campbell took home second-team laurels and Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry each were honorable mention selections. It marked just the second time in school history that three Illini had earned All-America recognition in the same season. Danielson now is a two-time All-American, while it was the first All-America honor for both Campbell and Detry.
Campbell Named Big Ten Player of the Year, 3 Illini named First Team All-Big Ten
Junior Brian Campbell earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors on May 7, becoming the third-straight Illinois golfer to earn the award. He also is the fourth Illini in the last five years to be named player of the year, joining Thomas Pieters (2013), Luke Guthrie (2012) and Scott Langley (2010). Campbell was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by sophomores Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry, with all three being unanimous first-team selections. It marked only the second time that three Illini have been named to the first team in the same season, joining Guthrie, Langley and Chris DeForest in 2010. It is the second career All-Big Ten honor for both Campbell and Detry, who were named All-Big Ten second team in 2013, and Danielson's first All-Big Ten honor.
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)
Four Illini Named All-Midwest Region
Four University of Illinois golfers were named to the PING All-Midwest Region team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on May 22. Junior Brian Campbell, sophomores Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry, and senior Jonathan Hauter earned the honor, marking the second-straight seasons and fourth time in the last six seasons that at least four Fighting Illini have been named to the squad. It is the second career All-Region honor for Campbell, Danielson and Detry, while it is Hauter's first All-Region laurel.
Illini Win Second-Straight Regional Title
Illinois qualified for its seventh-straight NCAA Championships by winning its second-straight NCAA Regional title at the Sugar Grove Regional at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago on May 17. The second-seeded Fighting Illini overcame a one-shot deficit after two rounds, firing a 7-over-par 295 in the final round to beat UAB by two strokes. Junior Brian Campbell earned his second career tournament victory with a total of 5-under-par to win by four strokes over USC's Anthony Paolucci. 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 won four tournaments in 2013-14, 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 marked 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 broke a number of records this season, including team stroke average in the fall and full season, records for low 54-hole team and individual scores, and individual season stroke average. The Fighting Illini broke the school record with a season stroke average of 285.38 in 2013-14 and also shattered the fall season stroke average with a 282.75. Brian Campbell bested Luke Guthrie's season stroke average record with a 71.08, as he was four strokes better than Guthrie's 2011-12 mark of 71.19 also in 37 rounds. Campbell also tied Chris DeForest's single-round school record with a 63 in the final round of the NCAA Championships, which also stands as the best spring round in school history and tied the Prairie Dunes Country Club course record at the configuration used for NCAA Championships.
At The Macdonald Cup in October, the Illini broke records for low 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole team scores, while 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.
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 was held at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, June 26-28, with Europe taking an 18.5-11.5 win. Detry went 3-1 in the event.
Illini in the Rankings
Brian Campbell finished the season at No. 28 in the latest Golfstat Cup statistical rankings, while Charlie Danielson was No. 36 and Thomas Detry ranked No. 57. In the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings, Campbell finished at No. 21, Danielson at No. 46 and Detry at No. 51.
Success under Coach Small
Head coach Mike Small has turned the Fighting Illini program into a player 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 six 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, nine golfers have earned 15 All-America honors, including Brian Campbell, Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry in 2014. He also has produced two individual NCAA champions: Thomas Pieters in 2012 and Scott Langley in 2010.
Illini Boast 5 Golfer of the Week Honors
For the third-straight year, Illinois golfers recorded the most Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors, grabbing five. Brian Campbell and Thomas Detry each won two weekly awards, with Charlie Danielson picking up one. Campbell earned his first honor by posting an eye-popping 13-under-par 197 - the second-best 54-hole score in Big Ten history - to earn his first collegiate medalist honors at The Macdonald Cup in October. He took home another honor after placing second at the USF Invitational with a 15-under-par 201 on March 4, then Danielson and Detry shared the honor when they tied for second at the Louisiana Classics with a 7-under-par 209. Detry earned the award by himself on April 9 when he tied for fourth at 8-under-par at the 3M Augusta Invitational.
Five Illini Make Noise In Pro Golf
Illinois boasts five former players on two of professional golf's top tours, as Steve Stricker, D.A. Points, Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley hold PGA Tour cards and Thomas Pieters is a member of the European Tour. Stricker has one top-10 and four top-25 finishes in seven events this season, while Guthrie has two top-10s and five top-25s. Langley also has a top-10 and five top-25s this year, while Points has made eight cuts in 21 events. On the European Tour, Pieters tied for second at the Spanish Open on May 18 and tied for eighth at the Maybank Malaysian Open on April 20, his best finishes as a professional. In addition to that quintet, former Illini Joe Affrunti currently is on a PGA Tour major medical exemption.