Small tied for lead at Senior Players Championship

HIGHLAND PARK (AP) — Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small shot 7-under 65 to share a one-stroke lead with Kenny Perry after the first round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Thursday.

No place like home: Four former Illini teeing off at John Deere Classic

Four former Illini tee off today at the John Deere Classic, the only PGA event in Illinois this year. Here's what you need to know before the action gets going in Silvis, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli

Gill thrilled charity golf outing keeps going, growing

SAVOY — In the early years of the event, Kendall Gill would have never guessed how long he would host his golf benefit.

Turns out the number is 29. And counting. And growing.

On Monday, there were 37 foursomes playing at the University of Illinois Orange Course. Last year's event, with a similar number of players, raised nearly $26,000 for Cunningham Children's Home.

Balky knee keeps Underwood off the greens

SAVOY — Brad Underwood wanted to golf Monday. But his balky knee, the one that needs arthroscopic surgery, wouldn't allow it.

"I'm having some (work) done," Underwood said. "We'll have to tough it out and get through it. I've got some cartilage damage, bone on bone. We'll try to prolong a knee replacement."

The injury goes back to his time on the court.

Illini Year in Review: Grading the programs

Men's gymnastics: A

Why an A: The Illini won what had been an elusive Big Ten title then followed it up with an individual NCAA champ (Alex Diab on rings) and a third-place national finish as a team.

Illini Year in Review: Moments by the month

A look at the biggest moment of each month from the last year of Illini athletics:


Brad Underwood's first July as Illinois basketball coach was almost as busy as his first April with more than a half-dozen new offers for prospective recruits, of which zero picked the Illini.


Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.

Illini golfers in the pros this week

Just more than a half dozen other former Illini are playing this week. We have the breakdown and how they've fared this season:


Travelers Championship — Cromwell, Conn.

D.A. Points

Meyer gains confidence from strong U.S. Open showing

CROMWELL, Conn. — Four years worth of advice from Mike Small resonated with Dylan Meyer this past weekend at the U.S. Open. The recent Illinois graduate spent some time each night before the next round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club thinking about what his college coach would say.

"That kind of carried me to be where I was in the end," Meyer said.

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."