Head coach Mike Small signed three to national letters of intent on Wednesday.
Nov. 13, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small, who has led the Fighting Illini to five-consecutive Big Ten championships, announced the signing of Nick Hardy (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North), Dylan Meyer (Evansville, Ind./Evansville Central) and Colin Proctor (Anderson, Ind./Pendleton Heights) to national letters of intent. All three golfers will join the Illini in 2014-15 following successful junior careers.
Meyer is ranked ninth nationally and Hardy 18th in the 2014 class by Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings, while Proctor is ranked as one of the top five players in the state of Indiana.
"This class as a whole adds athleticism, along with a national competitive ranking and a ton of potential to our program," Small said. "There is a lot of upside. All three players bring something different with their style of play, but all three bring the intangibles that you look for. This group fits in well with our returning players and follows a similar path as the last several classes. They all are accomplished junior players, great people from quality families. I'm excited about this class's potential, as they have the record to back it up."
PROFILES ON THE NEWEST ILLINI GOLFERS
Hometown: Northbrook, Ill.
High School: Glenbrook North
Notes: Ranked No. 2 player in the state of Illinois ... Ranked No. 17 nationally in the class of 2014 by the AJGA ... Ranked No. 18 nationally in the class of 2014 according to Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings ... Won the 2013 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open with rounds of 69-70-63 ... Tied for second at the 2012 Jones Cup Junior Invitational with rounds of 69-71 ... Finished second at the 2013 Illinois State Junior Amateur Championship ... Placed third at the 2013 Illinois High School Boys 3A State Championship ... Tied for fourth at the 2012 AJGA Exide Technologies Junior Open ... Tied for ninth at the 2012 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open.
Coach Small on Hardy:
"Nick is a very talented and athletic player who really came into his own this year. He established himself as not only one of the top players in the Midwest, but the nation. He proved that he's not afraid to shoot low numbers. He is very fundamentally sound and has a strong desire to be great."
Hometown: Evansville, Ind.
High School: Evansville Central
Notes: Ranked No. 2 player in the state of Indiana ... Ranked No. 6 nationally in the class of 2014 by the AJGA ... Ranked ninth nationally in class of 2014 by Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings ... Finished second at the 2013 Western Junior Championship with rounds of 74-67-67-68 ... Finished second at the 2012 Golfweek Junior Tour Fall Tour Championship ... Placed second at the 2012 Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys Golf State Championship ... Finished fifth at the 2013 AJGA PING Invitational ... Tied for fifth at the 2013 AJGA Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship ... Tied for seventh at the 2013 Bobby Chapman Junior.
Coach Small on Meyer:
"Dylan is very fundamentally sound. He has a lot of natural ability and is an excellent ball striker. The rest of his game is catching up to his ball striking ability, and when that happens, he could be outstanding. Dylan's strength is his consistency, which is extremely important. Dylan, too, has proven that he can compete very well on the national scene."
Hometown: Anderson, Ind.
High School: Pendleton Heights
Notes: Ranked No. 5 player in the state of Indiana ... Won the 2013 Golfweek Junior Tour event in field of 70 players with scores of 68-70 ... Placed third at 2013 Hoosier Junior Championship ... Finished eighth at the 2013 Indiana Boys State Junior Championship.
Coach Small on Proctor:
"Colin is a very talented player, with a lot of natural ability, which bodes well for him down the road. He should really improve once he gets into the collegiate setting. His best golf is ahead of him.