Illinois in elite golf company

Illinois in elite golf company

Illinois has more than its share of golfers on the PGA Tour this season, with four competing on a regular basis. Here are five schools that continue to fill the tournament fields each week:

Alums on Tour: Brian Gay, Billy Horschel, Matt Every, Mark Calcavecchia.
Comment: The oldest (Calcavecchia) won the 1992 British Open. Gay currently stands second on the FedEx Cup list.

Alums on Tour: Phil Mickelson, Matt Jones, Pat Perez, Billy Mayfair.
Comment: Hall of Famer Mickelson has enough Tour victories (41) for the entire school, including four majors. He entered the weekend third in the FedEx Cup standings.

Alums on Tour: Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Bubba Watson, Erik Compton, Harris English.
Comment: Henley won in his PGA debut in Hawaii, and Watson is the defending Masters champion. English is considered a rising star.

Alums on Tour: Matt Kuchar, Nicholas Thompson, Bryce Molder, Cameron Tringale, Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Troy Matteson
Comment: The ex-Yellow Jackets are cashing checks every week. None more than Kuchar, who is contending again in Los Angeles.

Alums on Tour: Charles Howell III, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Michael Bradley, Bo Van Pelt, Scott Verplank
Comment: Fowler is projected as one of the next greats in the game. Howell III already has three Top 10 finishes this season.

Sections (3):Illini Sports, Golf, Sports
Categories (3):Illini Sports, Golf, Sports

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Green Shirt wrote on February 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

What is even more impressive is that ALL of Mike Small's guys have graduated. I would be willing to wager that it not true of any other school listed. 

Note:  The graduation record may be in jeoparday when Thomas Pieters turns pro after this (his junior) year.  I do not know if Thomas will have sufficient credits to graduate and, if not, if he would be willing to continue his education after turning pro (like Luke Guthrie) in order to graduate.