CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' newest assistant golf coach Zach Barlow is already on campus and getting down to work. Barlow was hired this week to replace Justin Fetcho, who is now the head coach at Southern Illinois. "[My] playing days are over," Barlow said. "It's time to focus on a national championship here, and bring in one of those. We've got some Big Tens. We got a runner up, but we need that big one."
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (UI Release) – University of Illinois head men’s golf coach Mike Small announced the hiring of former Fighting Illini standout Zach Barlow as the program’s new assistant coach Wednesday. A two-time All-Midwest Region selection, Barlow was part of Illinois’ Big Ten championship teams in 2009 and 2010.
Illini golfers Brian Campbell and Nick Hardy lost in the semifinals of the Western Amateur Championship. Campbell lost one down, hardy fell 4 & 3.
Illini golfers Nick Hardy and Brian Campbell are one win away from meeting in the finals of the Western Amateur Championship.
Former Illini and Central golf standout Clayton Parkhill won his record sixth Twin City golf championship Sunday. He shot -7 total in the 36 holes event. David Deschler was second at even par. Jay Scott took third at +1.
Eureka standout golfer Trevor Gold has committed to play golf at Illinois. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more.
Incoming Illinois freshman golfer Nick Hardy has already played on some of amateur golf's biggest stages, now he's looking to leave his mark with the Illini this fall.
WHEATON, Ill. - Illinois incoming freshman Nick Hardy shot back-to-back rounds of 66 and 69 Thursday afternoon before losing a four-hole playoff and a chance at an Illinois State Amateur Championship. Hardy gave Iowa sophomore Ray Knoll all he could handle before Knoll prevailed on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. Hardy (-7) takes runner-up at the State Am.
SILVIS, Ill. - Former Illini Steve Stricker fired a first round 68 (-3) at the John Deere Classic Thursday afternoon. Stricker is five shots off the lead held by a trio of golfers Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman. Fellow Illinoi
SILVIS, Ill. - The John Deere Classic has been a home away from home for Steve Stricker. The former Illini star has won three times, and even when he cut his schedule back he always makes sure he plays in the quad cities. He hardly needs an introduction, and he only needs a couple hours to drive from his home to TPC Deere Run. The only thing Stricker needs is a win at one of his favorite tournaments. It has been three years since the end of this three-peat.
SILVIS, Ill. - The John Deere Classic has not been kind to D.A. Points over the years. In fact the former Illini star has made the cut just once in his eight career appearances there. The Pekin-native has plenty of motivation to change that this year. Points is coming off a career year last year where he earned more than $2.5 million. This year, though, has been disappointing. Points has only made nine cuts in his 22 tournaments, but he is hoping the John Deere Classic will be a springboard to a strong finish.
SILVIS, Ill. - It will be a loaded field for the Illini at the John Deere Classic this weekend in the Quad Cities. Four former Illini players will be in the field, including Luke Guthrie, who is still looking for his first PGA Tour win. Guthrie was out on the course Tuesday trying to get things ironed out. In face he stopped in Champaign Monday to work with head coach Mike Small. The two worked on Guthrie's swing, and he is hoping he has things figured out heading into Thursday's first round.
SILVIS, Ill. - A lot has changed for Scott Langley over the last year. He is married, they're expecting a child, and he is having his best season on the PGA Tour. "I don't react to bad shots the same as I used to," Langley said. "I used to hit a bad shot, and I'd freak out. What happened? How do I fix it? Instead now I just move on and just forget about it and try and hit a good shot the next time, and I think that's a little better way to play."
Illinois golfer Alex Burge is using the summer to improve his game. The senior-to-be won the U of I Open in Savoy last weekend.
Illinois golf coach Mike Small just missed qualifying for his sixth straight PGA Championship, finishing T-22 at the PGA Professional National Championship in South Carolina Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois senior-to-be Brian Campbell will be one of five current or former Illini in the field at this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns caught up with the California native as he prepares for the biggest tournament of his life.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The future looks bright for the Illinois men's golf team after they finished fifth at the NCAA Championships this week. Head coach Mike Small is already back in Champaign, and he's getting down to work trying to figure out to take his team to the next level next season. The Illini only lose one senior, and most of his starting lineup will have now played in two match play championships. Small is hoping that experience will pay dividends moving forward.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (UI Release) – It came down to the final putt on the final hole of the final match, but No. 8 Illinois fell just short against top-seeded Stanford as the Cardinal took a 3-2 win in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club on Tuesday. The Fighting Illini finish tied for fifth for the second time in the last four years, giving them three top-five finishes in that span when the 2013 runner-up finish is included.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Illinois men's golf team begins play at the NCAA Championships Friday afternoon in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Orange and Blue finished second in the country last year, and they are they No. 8 seed at nationals this year. They have a target on their back all year, and they know they won't surprise anyone this time around.
The Illinois golf team advances to its seventh straight NCAA finals.
The Illinois golf team advances to the NCAA finals after winning the regional behind Brian Campbell's individual title.
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (UI Release) – Junior Brian Campbell opened up a six-shot lead over the field, while No. 9 and second-seeded Illinois remained one shot behind leader UAB after Friday’s second round of the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional at the par-72, 7,151-yard Rich Harvest Farms course. The Fighting Illini also have an 11-shot cushion over sixth-place Purdue heading into Saturday’s final round, which Illinois is scheduled to tee off No. 1 at 8:45 a.m. alongside the Blazers and third-place Clemson. The top five teams and top individual not on a qualifying team advance to next week’s NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - Brian Campbell fired a first round 69 to lead Illinois (+5) to a strong start at the NCAA Regional. Illinois is one shot behind UAB (+4) after day one at Rich Harvest Farms. Campbell (-3) is atop the individual leaderboard with teammate Charlie Danielson (+1) just behind at T-6.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois junior Brian Campbell shot a 69 Monday to advance to the sectional round of US Open qualifying. Campbell, who won Big Ten Player of the Year honors, was one of four golfers to make it out of the local qualifier at Illini Country Club in Springfield.
Illinois sophomore Charlie Danielson won the Big Ten title, now he's leading the Illini to the NCAA Regionals at Sugar Grove later this week.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (UI Release) – University of Illinois junior Brian Campbell (Irvine, California) was named Big Ten Player of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday. Campbell was joined by sophomores Charlie Danielson (Osceola, Wisconsin) and Thomas Detry (Brussels, Belgium) [pronounced DEE-tree] as unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team according to voting by the Big Ten men’s golf coaches, giving Illinois three spots on the six-man team. Fifth-year senior Jonathan Hauter (Groveland, Illinois) [pronounced HAW-ter] also was named the team’s sportsmanship honoree.
CHAMPAIGN Ill. (UI Release) – Illinois learned Monday morning that it will be the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Regional at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, marking the seventh-straight season that the Fighting Illini have qualified for the NCAA tournament. The Illini will compete in the 54-hole event on May 15-17, with the top five teams and top individual not on one of those teams qualifying for NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, May 23-28. Illinois’ No. 2 seed equals the highest in program history in the current regional format – which began in 2009 – as Illinois also was the No. 2 seed at Wolf Run in 2011.
Sophomore Charlie Danielson fired a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to share medalist honors and the Fighting Illini pulled even with Minnesota late in the round, but the Gophers pulled out a four-stroke win to end the Illini’s five-year run as Big Ten champs. Gopher freshman Jose Mendez shared medalist honors with Danielson at 1-over-par 289 for the 72-hole tournament at the par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course.
No. 8 Illinois hung tough on an extremely windy day at the par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course, and stands tied for second with Purdue heading into Sunday’s final round of the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Sophomore Charlie Danielson posted the day’s best individual round with his even-par 72 and also sits in second place, three shots behind Minnesota’s Jose Mendez. The Gophers lead the Illini and Boilermakers by seven shots after posting Saturday’s best team score with a 13-over-par 301.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (UI Release) – No. 8 Illinois stands tied for second, just one shot behind Purdue, after 36 holes at the Big Ten Championships on Friday. Teams battled cold, windy conditions throughout the long day and scores reflected it on the hilly par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course, as Ohio State’s 6-over-par in the second round was the day’s best team score and only six players carded rounds under par. Purdue leads at 18-over-par, while Illinois and Minnesota are at +19. The Buckeyes are in fourth at +20 overall.
SAVOY, Ill. - The Illinois men's golf team will try for it's sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship this weekend in French Lick, Indiana. It's a feat that has only been accomplished once before in conference history - by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 1980s. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on the team that broke the Buckeyes' streak, and how it may impact this year's Illini squad.
Illinois holds a five shot lead after 36 holes at the Boilermaker Invitational.
Illinois sophomore golfer Thomas Detry was named to the 10-man Palmer Cup team Thursday. The Belgium native will represent Team Europe in June in England.
Illini head golf coach Mike Small joins Matt Wettersten to talk about the Masters and the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament.
The top 10 sports stories from Central Illinois in 2013 part two.
The top 10 sports stories from Central Illinois in 2013 part one.
The Illinois men's golf team is moving up again in the national rankings. The final coaches poll of the fall season was released today, and the Orange and Blue are ranked No. 6 in the country. That is up from No. 14, where they were in the preseason.
The Illinois golf team is back on the course this weekend outside Indianapolis, and they will be competing without head coach Mike Small. Small is in England getting ready to compete for Team USA in the PGA Cup. It's an event held every two years that puts the best PGA professionals in America against the best from Great Britain and Ireland.
Former Illinois golfer Steve Stricker added another top five finish to his resume Monday after he finished T4 in a rain-delayed BMW Championship in Joliet, Ill. Stricker entered the day one shot off the lead held by Jim Furyk, but Stricker struggled down the stretch. He shot a final round 72 to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place. Another former Illini DA Points finished T57.
Defending national runners-up T6 after round one at Olympia Fields
His limited schedule hasn't stopped Steve Stricker from playing at the top of his game. The former Illini has already qualified for his fifth President's Cup team, and this weekend he is back in Illinois hoping for a strong finish at the BMW Championship. Stricker stayed hot in round one carding a 66 (T3). WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten was on the course with Stricker for his first round today and has more.
This weekend the Illinois golf team will play in their tournament since losing to Alabama in the national championship last year. They'll take on some of the nation's best teams, including that very same Crimson Tide team, at the Illini Invite in Olympia Fields starting Friday. "It's huge, actually," said sophomore Charlie Danielson, who lost the clinching match at the NCAA Tournament a year ago. "The whole team is prepared. We all worked hard over the summer, so we're ready for it. We know it's going to be an awesome tournament at an awesome venue." Illinois returns four of their five starters from last year's national runner-up team, though junior Alex Burge won't travel with the team this weekend. Instead sophomore David Kim and senior Jonathan Hauter will make the trip. The three-day tournament kicks off Illinois' fall schedule. "There's a reason why we play these events, and it's to build momentum and improve on issues with our game," head coach Mike Small said. "We want to improve on things within the team atmosphere as well so that next April, May and June we can be at our best." Illinois tees off Friday morning in Olympia Fields, Ill. The tournament runs through Sunday.
Illinois sophomore Thomas Detry was named one of Golf Digest's Top 50 players to watch on Thursday after an impressive freshman season and summer. In addition, the Fighting Illini were ranked No. 14 in the Golf World/Nike Golf preseason coaches' poll. Detry was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and finished tied for second at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. He also defeated Texas' Julio Vegas in Illinois' 3-2 NCAA quarterfinal win over the Longhorns. This summer, Detry has skyrocketed to No. 37 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after having an exceptional run in a number of European tournaments. He started by finished 12th at the St. Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland in early June, then took home the European Challenge Trophy while leading his native Belgium to the team trophy. He followed that by winning the European Alps Tour Andalucia event, winning the Belgian International Amateur and finishing tied for fourth at the European Amateur.
From 2003 to 2010, it wasn’t a question of who was going to win the Illinois PGA Championship – it was more a question of by how much. In that span, Mike Small won eight consecutive Illinois PGA Championships, the last one coming by 11 strokes in 2010 on the South Course at Olympia Fields Country Club.
Former Illinois golfers Steve Stricker, Luke Guthrie, Thomas Pieters and DA Points - along with head coach Mike Small - were in Olympia Fields Monday to raise money to support the Illinois golf program.
Illini coach finished tied for 19th in his last tournament.
Illinois golf coach Mike Small will compete in one of golf's premier events next week. He is headed to the PGA Championship in Rochester, NY. It will be a chance for Small to compete against the best players in the world, and he told WCIA 3's Austin Kim on Thursday that he is ready to go. "I'm excited. I'm excited to go play and compete and spend time with the best players in the world and hang out with former Illini," Small said. "Four Illini are playing in the event - three others [besides myself]. It's going to be a lot of fun to just spend time in that arena. It's an opportunity to go compete and see how I do." The PGA Championship tees off Thursday. It'll be Small's 9th career appearance at the PGA Championship and 12th major appearance.
Illini golf senior hopes he can earn a regular spot next season after waiting patiently during his first three years of his career.
Illini golf coach aims for 5th career title
Guthrie, Points hope to put shaky J.D.C. performances behind them.