Illinois, Penn State Earn Berths To NCAA Championships
May 22, 2010
Two Big Ten teams qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships, scheduled to be held June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., by finishing in the top five of their respective regionals on Saturday afternoon.
In the East Regional in New Haven, Conn., Penn State came in fourth place overall with a three-under par 837 for the championships. The Nittany Lions turned in their second three-under par 277 round of the tournament during Saturday's final round. Penn State' TJ Howe and Tommy McDonagh each finished in the red on Saturday, firing rounds of four-under and three-under par, respectively. Howe, who finished seven-under par in the regional, finished second place in the individual standings, while teammate Kevin Foley finished tied for fourth at four-under.
The West Regional at Bremerton, Wash., saw Illinois claim the region's final berth into the NCAA Championships by finishing fifth in the team standings. The Illini fired their second straight four-over par 292 and finished at 13-over par in the regional competition, two strokes ahead of sixth place Middle Tennessee State. Scott Langley was the top Illinois scorer in Saturday's final round, shooting a three-under par 69. For the championships, he finished at two-under par, good for a seventh-place finish individually, to lead Illinois during the weekend.
In the Central Regional in South Bend, Ind., Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern finished in a three-way tie for sixth, just outside the top five necessary to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The trio each finished the regional at eight-over par. Michigan's Matt Thompson lost in the first playoff hole in an effort to qualify for NCAAs as an individual.