Illinois was up or all square in three of the five matches coming down the stretch, but Alabama senior Scott Strohmeyer won holes 14-16 to defeat Illini sophomore Brian Campbell 3 and 2, and give Alabama a 4-1 team victory. Junior Thomas Pieters was the Illini’s lone victory, as he was ahead 1-up when the Tide clinched the deciding team points.
The Illini finish second at the NCAA Championships at the par-70, 7,320-yard Capital City Club Crabapple Course, the highest finish in program history, besting the 1941 team’s tie for fourth place. It also is the highest finish by a northern school at the NCAA Championships since Minnesota won the 2002 NCAA title. Illinois defeated No. 1 California, the Pac-12 champions, and No. 4 Texas, the Big 12 champion, and lost to SEC champion Alabama.
#3 Alabama 4, #5 Illinois 1
Bobby Wyatt (UA) def. Thomas Detry (ILL), 6 & 5
Trey Mullinax (UA) def. Charlie Danielson (ILL), 1-up
Thomas Pieters (ILL) def. Justin Thomas (UA), 1-up
Scott Strohmeyer (UA) def. Brian Campbell (ILL), 3 & 2
Cory Whitsett (UA), def. Alex Burge (ILL), 4 & 3