NAPLES, Fla. – Illinois sophomore Kyle Hosick carded a final-round 70 to finish at 5-under-par 211 and tie for third Tuesday at the Naples Intercollegiate.
Standing on the first tee two weeks ago in Hawaii was no different than standing on the first tee in Hershey, Pa., or Omaha, Neb.
D.A. Points, the former Illinois golfer and Pekin native, might have been on a bigger stage, but it really didn''t matter. Unless you''re talking about the location.
URBANA – University of Illinois golfers will be able to practice their driving, chipping and putting even when the snow flies next year.
A new indoor golf facility will help them train year-round like their counterparts at warm-weather schools, without the California weather.
Each week, Tony Bleill will chat with an Illinois athlete. Today''s guest: Garrett Chaussard.
The junior won the first title of her college career Oct. 5, finishing with a 6-over-par 228 at the Shootout at the Legends in Franklin, Ind. It was a continuation of an advancing career as Godfrey lowered her stroke average from 83.5 as a freshman to 78.8 as a sophomore. In nine rounds this fall, the Homewood-Flossmoor product has dropped that mark to a team-low 77.5.
Illinois golf coach Mike Small, playing in his first PGA Championship, missed the cut after shooting a 4-over 76 Friday. Here''s his report from Haven, Wis:
"It''s a relief that it''s over because I struggled all week trying to find my game. It''s nice you can say you played in it, but I came here to make the cut, and I didn''t. That''s disappointing.
Illinois golf coach Mike Small, playing in his first PGA Championship, didn''t get much sleep before Thursday''s opening round. Here''s his report:
"Got up at 4:15 because I had the first tee time (7 a.m.). Usually the club pros and the qualifiers play in the last few groups the first day, and they have a tendency to fill the earlier tee times with players, so I took it as a compliment.
HAVEN Wis – Mike Small''s first PGA Championship round ended a lot better than it started.
The Illinois golf coach steadied himself on the final nine holes of today''s first round, finishing at 3-over-par 75 on the long and treacherous Whistling Straits course.
HAVEN, Wis. – When Mike Small recently walked through a Chicago-area shopping mall, a couple golf fans noticed the Illinois men''s golf coach and gave him a shout-out.
They were impressed by his play at last month''s Western Open. They weren''t alone.
Illinois golf coach Mike Small shot a 1-over-par 73 during the first round of the Illinois Open on Monday at The Glen Club in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Small, the tournament''s defending champ, is 6 shots off the lead and tied for 35th. He''s tied with Champaign Country Club pro Lance Olson and former Illini Joe Affrunti.