Meyer near top early at U.S. Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Former Illini Dylan Meyer, playing as a professional for the first time, is off to a solid start at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

After 8 holes, Meyer was sitting 1 stroke back in a tie for third place. After a bogey on No. 18 — his ninth hole of the day — the former Illini sits in a tie for eighth at 1 over par.

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

Alex Agase

Football, wrestling

Two former Illini set for U.S. Open

Two former Illini will tee off today during the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Colf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Sports editor Matt Daniels offers up a closer look:

Steve Stricker | Age: 51

Top of the Morning, June 12, 2018

Only once in 65 years has the UI Open been canceled, with bad greens to blame in 1962.

Organizers are confident that total won't rise despite dozens of damaged trees making the Orange course in Savoy unplayable on Monday. Sunday's intense storms took a toll on the tree-lined 18-hole layout.

Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera was a whisker away from an NCAA title.

Officially, it was 0.01 seconds.

That's all that seperated the Illinois redshirt senior from his first-ever national championship in the final meet of his college career.

Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera advanced to the finals in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles after clocking top-3 times in both events Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.

Kendziera ran the 400 hurdles in 49.54 seconds for the second-fastest overall time, while finishing third overall in the 110 hurdles with a 13.43 clocking.

Kowalczyk to retire

The man who bridged the gap in leadership for the Illinois athletic department from the time Mike Thomas was fired to the time Josh Whitman was hired will retire from the university.

Paul Kowalczyk will step aside as the Illini's executive senior associate athletic director, effective Aug. 31, following more than 30 years of working in college athletics.

Hardy rates more honors

STILLWATER, Okla. — A day after his college career ended at Illinois, men's golfer Nick Hardy added to the recognition he's picked up during his time with the Illini.

The senior from Northbrook earned PING First-Team All-American honors, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Tuesday.

Illini men's golf sees season come to a close

STILLWATER, Okla. — The streak is over.

The Illinois men's golf team shot a 7-over-par 295 on Monday to finish 24-over in the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships.

Illini bow out against Purdue

OMAHA, Neb. — Now, the waiting game begins for the Illinois baseball team.

The Illini's 11-5 loss to Purdue in Saturday's semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park eliminated Dan Hartleb's team from the conference gathering.