Detry prepares for Palmer Cup

Detry prepares for Palmer Cup

Illini golfer Thomas Detry and his European teammates will begin play against Team USA on Thursday at the Palmer Cup in Surrey, England.

The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event that features collegiate players from the U.S. and Europe.

A native of Brussels, Belgium, Detry is the third Illini golfer in the last five years to play in the Palmer Cup. Thomas Pieters competed for Europe in 2012, and Scott Langley played for the U.S. in 2010.

Small misses berth. Michael Block won the PGA Professional National Championship in a playoff Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to lead the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 38-year-old Block, the PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., beat Jamie Broce with a 3-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole.

Block closed with his second consecutive even-par 72 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club to match third-round leader Broce at 2-under 286. Broce, the University of Toledo coach, finished with a 75.

Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small carded a final-round 72 and tied for 22nd at 294. He missed qualifying for the PGA Championship by 1 stroke.

The PGA Championship is Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

Softball team releases conference schedule. In 2015, Illinois’ softball team will host four weekend series and travel for three weekend series and a doubleheader at Northwestern.

The Illini will host 2014 Big Ten tournament champion Minnesota, NCAA regional qualifier Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue.

Besides the midweek doubleheader in Evanston, Illinois will travel to Iowa, Nebraska and Maryland.

The Illini will not play Rutgers during the school’s first regular season in the Big Ten.

The 18th annual Big Ten tournament is scheduled May 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio.


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