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Tate: Down now, Illinois golf future bright

Golf can be an easy game when things are going good. It''s impossible when they''re not.

Somewhere along the way, you have to settle down and find your equilibrium.

Illini tune up, beat Wildcats

URBANA – The Illinois men''s golf team has not played in a tournament in more than a month, so Sunday''s dual match with Northwestern proved to be the right tuneup for the upcoming tournament season.

Illinois defeated the Wildcats 8-4 at Stone Creek Golf Club in an event that featured six 18-hole matches, followed by six nine-hole matches. The format was head-to-head stroke play, with the winner earning a point.

Affrunti claims second

Senior Joe Affrunti carded a final-round 70, finishing in a tie for second and leading Illinois to sixth place at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday in Fairfax, Calif.

Sophomore Patrick Nagle tied for fifth for the Illini, who totaled 850. California won with an 833.

UI men in second

Joe Affrunti shot a 6-under 66 on Monday to help push the Illinois men''s golf team into second place after two rounds of the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern, at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

Affrunti''s round is the lowest round of the season by an Illini golfer, and ties for the third-lowest in school history.

Small keeps tourney lead

   Illinois golf coach Mike Small carded his second consecutive 67 and remained in first place after two rounds of the 54th Illinois Open at the Glen Club in Glenview.

   Small leads Mount Prospect''s Roy Biancalana and Chicago''s Jason Lee by 4 strokes.

Illinois loses top golfer

   Illinois golfer James Lepp, the Big Ten''s Player of the Year in 2003, is leaving the team and transferring to Washington.


Former Illini Lound, Rusin earn UI Cup

   SAVOY  Geoff Lound had come so close too often this summer. He knew it was only a matter of time before he won a golf tournament.

   He can thank his former Illinois golf teammate and roommate Bryan Rusin for making it possible.

Woods wins easily but Small''s a success

   LEMONT  It started out as a chance for Mike Small to literally get back in the swing of playing in a PGA Tour event, but it ended in a way maybe not even he expected.

   The Illinois golf coach had a banner weekend at the 100th Western Open at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. Playing in his first Western in two years, Small not only made the cut for the first time in five tries, but shot a 3-under-par 285, tying him for 43rd place, and making it a special summer for the Illini coach who believes he still can be competitive.

Former Illini still struggling to turn career around

   LEMONT – His hat is pulled down low over his eyes. Steve Stricker laughs with his caddie, but not as often.

   With a fist pump, he acknowledges a fan who shouts,

Small makes Western cut

   LEMONT – Illinois golf coach Mike Small was among 12 golfers who made the final cut at 143 at the 100th Western Open on Friday.