This might rub some Illinois fans wrong. Illinois alum and PGA star Steve Stricker attended Saturday afternoon’s Illinois-Wisconsin game in, of all things, a Wisconsin hat. BTN cameras even caught him cheering for the Badgers at one point.
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Illinois sophomore Thomas Pieters fired an even-par 71 on Thursday at Riviera Country Club to win the 2012 NCAA Championship by three shots with a 54-hole total of 208 (-5). Pieters becomes the second Illini golfer to claim the individual NCAA title in the last three years, joining 2010 champion Scott Langley, who was the first in school history.
Five Big Ten men’s golf teams entered the weekend with NCAA Championships aspirations, but Illinois and Iowa were the only ones to advance in regional action. Illinois and Iowa are off to the Championships at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., while Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue missed out in their respective regionals. Read about all the teams in this post.
Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue advanced to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships following the conclusion of the regional championships on Saturday. Each team finished in the top eight of their respective regionals to move on to the championships.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Golf All-Conference Teams and individual award winners Tuesday. See all the teams and superlative winners in this post.
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The 2012 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships took place at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick this weekend, and reigning champs, Illinois and Michigan State, hoisted the hardware again Sunday afternoon. Read about the Illinois men winning its fourth straight crown and the Michigan State women claiming its second consecutive title in this post.