Starting the season with a victory at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate has become something of a ritual for Illinois. The Illini have opened their season at Wolf Run four of the past five years, and won a third title there on Sunday.
Illinois finished the 54-hole event at 3-over 852, three shots ahead of host Indiana. Illinois’ final-round even-par 288 at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind., was the best team score on Sunday. Ohio State, the 36-hole leader, dropped to third after falling to 299 in the final round. Texas Tech and Kentucky finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.
“The course was difficult all weekend and I was hoping we could survive it,” Illinois head coach Mike Small said. “Our scores were decent and we saw everyone play some really solid golf and make a lot of progress out there.”
Illinois junior Thomas Pieters, who returns this season after winning last spring’s NCAA Championship, had the low score for Illinois on Sunday. His final-round 5-under 67 bumped him to 1-under 212 for the tournament, and from 17th entering the final round to solo sixth. The Illini claimed four total players in the top 10, which also included Mason Jacobs, Thomas Detry and Charlie Danielson, who all tied for 10th. Brian Campbell came in at T-13.
Indiana’s Brant Peaper claimed individual medalist honors at 11-under 202.
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