Nov. 9, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill-Head coach Mike Small announced today that two recruits have signed national letters of intent to join the University of Illinois men's golf program. Both athletes will be freshmen in the fall of 2001.
Mike Neal is a senior at Geneva High School in Geneva, Ill. O'Neal has a wealth of playing experience. He won three tournaments including shooting a 67 to claim the title at the Dundee-Crown Invitational as a junior. Earlier this year, he won the Hinsdale Central Invitational after carding a 62. On the national level, O'Neal took top honors in the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier. He went on to win a match at the U.S. Junior Amateur and recorded a top-10 finish at the Maxfli PGA Junior Qualifier.
"I believe that Mike O'Neal is the best player coming out of the state of Illinois," Small said. "His heart and the dedication that he shows are going to lead to a great college career."
Aaron Anderson is a two-sport athlete at Fargo South High School in Fargo, N.D. Along with playing golf, Anderson plays on the varsity hockey team. While on the links, Anderson has accumulated a stroke average of 74.3. He has taken first place in the East District Conference Tournament as well as placing among the top five in the North Dakota High School Class A Varsity State Tournament. He also has a substantial amount of national playing experience. Anderson has recorded four top-10 finishes in AJGA events.
"I think Aaron Anderson is a fantastic two-sport athlete," Small said. "He has decided to concentrate on golf, and he can have a great career."