Big Ten Medal of Honor: Luke Guthrie, Illinois Men's Golf

Illinois men's golfer Luke Guthrie

Luke Guthrie
Illinois Men’s Golf

Senior Luke Guthrie, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, sealed his place as one of the top golfers in school and conference history by winning his second straight Big Ten individual title and leading the Illini to a fourth consecutive conference championship. He became the third repeat champion in school history and first back-to-back winner since Northwestern’s Luke Donald in 2000-01. He also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third time in his career.

A first-team All-American in 2011 after tying for 13th at the NCAA Championships, Guthrie carried that success into his senior season by helping the Illini reach the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in his career after picking All-Region honors for the fourth year in a row. He notched three of his seven collegiate tournament victories and posted a career-low tournament of 203 (-10) in his win at the 2011 D.A. Weibring Invitational.

The Quincy, Ill., native also reset Illinois’ single-season stroke average record (71.19) and broke the program’s career stroke average record (72.08). He was honored with the Les Bolstad Award for low season stroke average in the Big Ten and earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Illinois in 2012. Guthrie was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week six times during his career and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as a Management major in the College of Business.