Florida wins Illini Invite; Uihlein medals
Preseason favorites Oklahoma State and Augusta State were both in the field, but it was Florida that came out on top Sunday at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.
The Gators posted a 5-over total of 845 to finish seven shots ahead of Augusta State, the defending national champion, and Golfweek’s top-ranked preseason team, Oklahoma State. ASU and OSU were T-2 at 12-over 852.
Bank Vongvanij led Florida, finishing at 3 under par to take solo second place. After opening with a 68, sophomore Tyler McCumber finished T-5 at 1 over, while Andres Echavarria tied for seventh at 2 over.
U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein made sure Oklahoma State didn’t go home empty-handed, backing up his second-round 65 with an even-par 70 on Sunday to earn medalist honors by three shots. Uihlein finished at 6-under 204 for the week.
Bud Cauley led Alabama, fresh off its Carpet Capital Collegiate victory last week, to a fourth-place finish at 17 over. Cauley finished T-3 at 1 under, tied with Patrick Reed, who paced Augusta State. The Jaguars also received solid play from Carter Newman, who finished T-11 after a final-round 69.
Alabama freshman Bobby Wyatt, playing in his second collegiate event after shooting 57 this summer at the Alabama Junior Amateur, finished T-16 at 4 over.
Last year’s NCAA champion, Illinois’ Scott Langley, finished T-7, while the host Illini struggled to an eighth-place team showing. Stanford played without coach Conrad Ray or top player David Chung – who was runner-up to Uihlein at the U.S. Amateur last month – and finished T-9. Andrew Yun was the top finisher for the Cardinal at 3 over.