Illini men finish second at NCAA Championships
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