Davan learns lesson; Chaussard paces UI group
GLENVIEW — Hoopeston’s Michael Davan saw a late lead slip away Wednesday at the Illinois Open, and Joe Kinney was able to take advantage.
Davan, who was at 7 under par with three holes left, stumbled on the final two holes at The Glen Club, hitting into the water on both holes.
“I can’t hang my head on this. I played great all day,” said Davan, who finished in a fourth-place tie at 212. “I didn’t know where I was at in the tournament, and I felt my position in the fairway (on No. 18) gave me the best opportunity to go for the green to get it to 7 under. You’ve got to lose some to win some sometimes, so it’s a good experience for me.”
Davan needed a par on the final hole to win the tournament, but he made double bogey.
Kinney outlasted amateur Dustin Korte and Carlos Sainz Jr. in a three-hole, total-stroke playoff to win the tournament.
“The Illinois Open means the world to me,” Kinney said.
Former Illini Garrett Chaussard placed eighth at 213. Former Illini Jonathon Krick tied for 14th at 216. UI men’s golf coach Mike Small and former Illini Geoff Lound finished in a 19th-place tie at 218. Small’s round included five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Ex-Illini Zach Barlow tied for 35th at 221.
Danielson makes up some ground. UI sophomore-to-be Charlie Danielson carded a third-round 68 and was tied for second at 214 at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship in Saukville, Wis.
Leader Jordan Niebrugge (71) was at 10-under 206 heading into the final round.