Illinois, LSU look to bounce back at Louisiana Classics
Sunday, March 9, 2014
A couple of top 50 teams are looking to bounce back with solid tournaments at the Louisiana Classics Monday through Tuesday at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.
Illinois and LSU headline the field that will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday. The Fighting Illini most recently finished T-4 at the USF Invitational in Florida and the Tigers are coming back from an eighth-place showing in Mexico.
The field includes Illinois (No. 7), Illinois State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, LSU (No. 31), New Mexico State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulsa and UTSA make up the 12 team field.
Illinois won the tournament last year, edging out LSU by eight strokes.
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Ilinois junior Brian Campbell was named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week after finishing runner up at the USF Invitational.
"Brian Campbell is playing some fearless golf, which I love," Illinois head coach Mike Small said in a release. "He doesn't get worried about the surroundings, the competition or his golf swing. He just goes and competes. And that's the mentality you want in all your players. When a guy plays as well as Campbell did last week, you need to ante up behind him."
Campbell led for much of the final round at the USF Invitational, but a course-record 62 from Florida State freshman Jack Maguire catapulted the Seminole to the win. Campbell kicked off his tournament with an 8-under 64, one of his two rounds in the 60s that week.
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The tournament will be offered on a live video stream. Fans can choose between watching the tournament on holes nine and 18. The feed can be found on the Louisiana Classics Tournament page of on Louisiana-Lafayette's All-Access.