Wolf Run Intercollegiate Next Stop for Illini
Sept. 18, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Following a sixth-place finish at last week's loaded Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational, the No. 14 Illinois men's golf team heads to Zionsville, Ind., on the northwest side of Indianapolis, to play in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday. The Illini have had great success at the par-71, 7,155-yard Wolf Run Golf Club in recent years, winning this tournament the last three times it has been contested (2012, 2010 and 2009), and finishing second at the 2011 NCAA Central Regional when it was held at Wolf Run. Illinois also finished second at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in 2008. The tournament was not contested in 2011.
While the course is quite familiar to the Illini's roster, the key difference this year is that they will be competing in the tournament without head coach Mike Small, who is in England for this weekend's PGA Cup, the Ryder Cup for PGA playing professionals. Leading the team in his stead will be assistant coach Justin Fetcho.
"We're lucky that these guys are all returners and they've had some success at Wolf Run," Fetcho said of the Illini's veteran lineup. "They know how to play that golf course. (Coach Small) physically won't be there, but these guys are going to keep hearing in their minds the same things that he preaches, week in and week out. It'll be like he's there because these guys remember those things."
Illinois will take the same five-man lineup to the 54-hole event at Wolf Run as they employed at Olympia Fields - senior Jonathan Hauter, junior Brian Campbell, and sophomores Charlie Danielson, Thomas Detry and David Kim - while junior Alex Burge will compete in the tournament as an individual. The Illini stumbled out of the gates at OFCC but finished strong, posting the best round of the final day with a 2-over-par 282 to jump four spots on the leaderboard to a tie for sixth. Detry tied for sixth individually, while Campbell tied for 23rd and Danielson finished in a tie for 29th.
No. 16 Auburn is the lone other ranked team in the field along with the Illini. The tournament also includes Illinois State, Indiana, IPFW, IUPUI, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Oakland, Ohio, Toledo and Wisconsin. No live scoring will be available for the tournament, which features a shotgun start for 36 holes on Saturday and tee times off Nos. 1 and 10 for 18 holes on Sunday.