The Fighting Illini dominated the field at the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship taking home the team title with a staggering 32-shot victory Sunday afternoon.
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Minnesota claimed the Big Ten Championship in men’s golf on Sunday after shooting a four-round score of 1,186 at the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. The Golden Gophers were followed by second-place Illinois (1,190), third-place Iowa (1,194), fourth-place Northwestern (1,204) and fifth-place Purdue (1,205) at the par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course.
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.
Sixth-seeded Illinois fired a one-over-par 289, the best round of the day, to win the NCAA Fayetteville Regional by three strokes over host and second-seeded Arkansas at the par-72, 7,251-yard Blessings Golf Club on Saturday. It marks the first regional title in school history and extends the Illini’s streak of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships to six straight seasons.
Northwestern and Purdue were named Co-Big Ten Women’s Golf Champions on Sunday at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort. Illinois won the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday, shooting an 11-over 1,163 to clinch its fifth-straight and 12th overall conference title.