May 17, 2014
NCAA Sugar Grove Regional Final Results
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - The University of Illinois men's golf team, behind individual tournament champion Brian Campbell, claimed the title at the 2014 NCAA Sugar Grove Regional Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois by two strokes over runner-up UAB.
The Illini and Blazers advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, along with Purdue, USC and Cal. In addition, Taylor Pendrith of Kent State, who was the top individual finisher not on a qualifying team, will move on to the NCAA Championships.
Illinois entered the day trailing UAB by one stroke, but overtook the Blazers with a team score of seven-over par 295, second on the day only to Kent State, to finish the 54-hole event at 16-over par. UAB came in at 18-over par for the tournament and 10-over par on the day as the two teams traded the lead throughout the entire event.
"I think we were disappointed by not winning the Big Ten Championship," said Illinois Head Coach Mike Small. "This spring we haven't finished as strong [in tournaments], so to come out on top at this tournament makes a statement. We've won three times this year (coming into this tournament) and had a lot of seconds and thirds. I like that thought of being a Cinderella (at the NCAAs). I still think the Midwest doesn't get respect it should get, but we like the underdog role."
Purdue, the eighth seed in this event and No. 45 team in the country, was the surprise third-place finisher as they carded a nine-over 297 Saturday to finish at 30-over par. They moved up from sixth place after Friday's second round to place ahead of both No. 4 Cal and No. 16 USC, who tied for fourth place at plus-32 after rounds of 303 and 302, respectively.
Clemson finished in the toughest spot of all, sixth, just one spot out of the NCAA Championship qualifying spot. The Tigers entered the final round in third place but shot a 19-over 307 on Saturday.
Campbell led from wire-to-wire and started Saturday's round with four birdies in the first seven holes before bogeying four of the next five. He finished with an even 72 and was at five-under par 211 for the tournament to win by four strokes over Anthony Paolucci of USC. Paolucci shot the best round on Saturday with a three-under par 69 and finished at one-under 215. They were the only two golfers to finish under par for the tournament. Pendrith fired a two-under par 70 Saturday to tie for third at two-over par 218.
Campbell said handling the wet, cold weather on the first two days of the regional was the key.
"The first two days were big," he said. "[It as about] just staying tough through tough conditions. We know the weather, we were ready for cold and windy. We knew what to expect. Today, I definitely had it going on the front and then ran into some tough holes but regrouped and stayed tough. It's a great course. It's all strategy. It's a very long course, but some holes you just hit three wood and use the long iron."
For complete results, see the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional Centralat www.NIUHuskies.com.
1. Illinois 293-292-295=880 (+16); 2. UAB 292-292-298=882 (+18); 3. Purdue 309-288-297=894 (+30); T4. California 305-288-303=896 (+32) and USC 302-292-302=896 (+32); 6. Clemson 299-292-307=898 (+34); 7. Kent State 299-309-292=900 (+36); 8. Jacksonville State 302-306-299=907 (+43); 9. UNLV 308-309-295=912 (+48); 10. Cleveland State 315-298-307=920 (+56) 11. Cal State Fullerton 319-309-309=937 (+73); 12. Mississippi State 315-314-310=939 (+75); 13. New Mexico State 317-315-313=945 (+81); 14. Saint Peter's 338-324-328=990 (+126).
1. Brian Campbell (Illinois), 69-70-72=211 (-5); 2. Anthony Paolucci (USC), 73-73-69=215 (-1); T3. Paul Dunne (UAB), 73-73-69=218 (+2) and Taylor Pendrith (Kent St.), 70-78-70=218 (+2); 5. Brandon Hagy (Cal) 73-72-74=219 (+3); T6. Rico Hoey (USC) 75-70-75=220 (+4), Martin Rohwer (UAB) 74-74-72=220 (+4), Pablo Torres (Jacksonville St.) 70-75-75=220 (+4) and Carson Young (Clemson) 72-73-75=220 (+4); 10. Adam Schenk 75-70-76=221 (+5).
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