Illinois, Penn State Travel To NCAA Men's Golf Championships
May 31, 2010
Illinois and Penn State will represent the Big Ten at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, which begins Tuesday at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
At the NCAA Championships, all 30 teams will take part in the first three days of competition, featuring three 18-hole rounds. Following 54 holes, the top eight teams will continue on in the championships in a match-play format. The quarterfinals will be held Friday, semifinal action will be Saturday, and the final two teams will compete in Sunday’s final. The individual medalist will be crowned following Thursday’s round.
The Illini advance to the NCAA Championships for the 18th time in school history after finishing fifth in the Washington Regional on May 20-22. It is the third straight year Illinois has advanced to the NCAA Championships, finishing 17th in 2008 and 21st in 2009. Winning its second-straight Big Ten Championship last month, Illinois is searching for its first NCAA men’s golf championships.
Penn State qualified for its fourth NCAA Championships in school history and second in the last three seasons. The Nittany Lions placed fourth in the NCAA East Regional and was led by senior T.J. Howe, who placed in a tie for first individually. Penn State is in search of its first NCAA Championship.
Both teams boast golfers in the latest Golfweek individual rankings. Illinois’ Scott Langley ranks 26th and teammate Chris DeForest is No. 91, while Penn State’s Kevin Foley is ranked 45th in the latest team and individual rankings.
The Honors Course at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has played host to amateur tournaments such as the USGA Men’s Amateur, the USGA Mid-Amateur Championships, the Curtis Cup, and the 1996 NCAA Men’s Championships.