May 30, 2017
ILLINOIS' SEASON COMES TO AN END IN MATCH PLAY SEMIFINALS
The third-seeded Illini concluded the 2017 season on Tuesday afternoon, dropping a match play semifinal against No. 2 Oklahoma, 3-1-1. 2017 Big Ten Champion and Player of the Year Dylan Meyer notched the lone victory for Illinois (1-up), while Nick Hardy finished his match all-square to earn a half-point for the team. This is the third consecutive season in which the Illini finished the season tied for third at the NCAA Championships.
ILLINOIS ADVANCES TO MATCH PLAY SEMIFINALS
Third-seeded Illinois eliminated sixth-seeded USC, 3-1-1, in the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday. The Illini will take on second-seeded Oklahoma in the semifinals beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Sooners defeated seventh-seeded Baylor, 3-2-0.
Illinois' Edoardo Lipparelli, Giovanni Tadiotto and Nick Hardy all picked up wins against the Trojans, including a 1-up win on the 18th hole by Hardy that served as the clinching individual match.
Live coverage of the semifinal round can be seen on Golf Channel from 4-8 p.m. ET.
DAY FOUR RECAP: ILLINI EARN NO. 3 SEED IN MATCH PLAY
The Illinois men's golf team earned the No. 3 match play seed at the 2017 NCAA Championships, and will face No. 6 USC in Tuesday's match play quarterfinals. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Illini have earned a spot in the match play portion of the event. The Illini faced a tough test today at Rich Harvest Farms, finishing the round with a total of 304 strokes (+16) and a 72-hole total of 1154 strokes (+2). Nick Hardy carded the low round of the day for the Illini with a 75 (+3).
Illinois will start the match play quarterfinals at 8 a.m. ET tomorrow morning, as they face a USC team that entered the 2017 Championships as the top overall seed. The winner of this quarterfinal will square off against the winner of No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Baylor on Tuesday afternoon.
In the individual portion of the event, Illinois' Dylan Meyer was the conference's top finisher, earning a tie for sixth place with a four-round total of 284 (-4). Teammate Edoardo Lipparelli also finished under par for the stroke play event, tallying a 287 (-1) to finish in a tie for 16th on the leaderboard.
Live coverage of Tuesday morning's quarterfinals will be shown on Golf Channel from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET.
Day Three Recap:
The field has been trimmed to 15 teams through 54 holes at the 2017 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms. Illinois advanced to the final day of stroke play and currently sit in fifth place on the leaderboard thanks to three golfers - Edoardo Lipparelli, Dylan Meyer and Giovanni Tadiotto - who carded rounds under par. The Illini (-14) will need to finish in the top eight following tomorrow's final round of stroke play in order to advance to the match play portion of the event on Tuesday. The individual champion will also be crowned at the conclusion of Monday's round, and Illinois' Meyer is currently tied for third with a score of nine-under par.
Penn State made a push on its final day of competition, climbing four spots on the leaderboard to finish 24th. Ryan Davis (-1) led the charge for the Nittany Lions. Purdue ended its season with a 28th place finish in the event, and were led by Timmy Hildebrand on the course in round three.
Monday's fourth round will be televised live on the Golf Channel from 4-8 p.m. ET.
Day Two Recap:
The second round is in the books at the 2017 NCAA Championships, and Illinois currently leads the Big Ten contingent at Rich Harvest Farms. The Illini finished the day in sole possession of third on the leaderboard with a two round total of 565 (-11). Illinois was led by Big Ten Player of the Year Dylan Meyer, who carded a five-under par on the day. Purdue and Penn State concluded the second round in 27th and 28th place, respectively.
Day One Recap:
After a day that included stoppages due to weather, 15 teams remain on the course after play was suspended due to darkness. Illinois currently sits in a tie for fifth place at three-under par for the round, led by a four-under through 14 holes from freshman Michael Feagles. Purdue finished its day tied for 26th place at 10-over par, while Penn State concluded the round in 29th at 13-over par.
Play will resume at 6:30 a.m. CT tomorrow morning from Rich Harvest Farms, and second round action will begin at 7:15 a.m. CT.
PENN STATE RELEASE
QUICK FACTS ON THE 2017 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Course: Rich Harvest Farms (Sugar Grove, Ill.)
Par/Yardage: Par 72 | 7,300 yards
May 26-29: Stroke Play: 72 holes
Friday, May 26: First Round (18)
Saturday, May 27: Second Round (18)
Sunday, May 28: Third Round (18) - Top 15 teams advance
Monday, May 29: Final Round (18) - Top 8 teams advance
May 30-31: Match Play
Tuesday, May 30: Match Play Quarterfinals
Tuesday, May 30: Match Play Semifinals
Wednesday, May 31: Championship Match
Golf Channel Coverage
Monday, May 29 Individual National Championship 4-8 p.m. ET (Live)
Tuesday, May 30 Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET (Live)
Tuesday, May 30 Semifinals, Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. ET (Live)
Wednesday, May 31 Team National Championship 4-8 p.m. ET (Live)