LAFAYETTE, La. — Sophomore golfers Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry each tied for second place, leading No. 6 Illinois to first place Tuesday at the 29th annual Louisiana Classics.
Danielson (final-round 69) and Detry (final-round 70) earned spots on the all-tournament team after the Illini held off a late charge by LSU to win the tournament for the second consecutive year and the third time in four years.
“It’s a good day because we won,” UI coach Mike Small said. “You never argue about a win. They’re hard to get, and we’ll take it. But we wish (Tuesday) would have been better. We didn’t start off well, and LSU played really good golf. It got a little dicey in the middle of the round. To our credit, we played the last four or five holes pretty solid and kept them at arm’s length.”
Small was impressed with Danielson and Detry.
“Those guys played solid golf (Tuesday),” Small said. “They didn’t start the best, but they really fought. Charlie made two great par saves from outside 100 yards. As a team, we didn’t play very well, but those two guys and (Jonathan) Hauter were the reason we held on. All in all, it was a positive day, but there are some things we’ve got to do better next time.”
UI junior Brian Campbell tied for sixth after carding a 77, and Hauter tied for 13th after a final-round 74.
The Illini won the tournament by 6 strokes and finished at 840, tying for sixth lowest in school history.
Big Ten honors Gosea. Illini senior Farris Gosea was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week in men’s tennis for the second consecutive week Tuesday.
The Cardiff, Wales, native went 2-0 at No. 1 singles to lead Illinois to victories against Purdue and Detroit Mercy. Gosea also won his only completed doubles match, combining with Alex Jesse for a 6-3 win against a Detroit Mercy duo at No. 1.