Big Ten Men's Golf Season in Review
June 21, 2011
The 2010-11 season came to a close for Big Ten men's golf at the NCAA Championships, with five teams competing at the national championship site. Illinois and Ohio State advanced to the match-play portion of the championship, giving the Big Ten two teams in the final field of eight for the first time since the event's inception in 2009.
Illinois tied for third place after three rounds of stroke play, earning the No. 4 seed entering match play. The Fighting Illini fell to fifth-seeded Georgia, 3.5-1.5, in the quarterfinals. Ohio State took sixth in stroke play before dropping a 3.5-1.5 decision to third-seeded and host Oklahoma State.
Iowa and Michigan joined the teams in the top 10 in stroke play, finishing tied for 10th. Northwestern rounded out the group of Big Ten teams at the championships, taking 22nd. Michigan's Lion Kim turned in the top individual performance, tying for third place at 1-under par. Illinois' Chris DeForest and Luke Guthrie tied for 13th to pace the Illini.
Illinois claimed its third-straight and 10th overall conference title at the Big Ten Championships. The Illini took the lead in Round 2 and held on for the remainder of the tournament, outshooting the field by 19 strokes en route to victory. Guthrie earned medalist honors, finishing the championships at 1-under to become the first Illini to earn the individual medal since 1999. Northwestern finished the tournament in second place, followed by Iowa in third, Ohio State in fourth and Indiana in fifth.
Iowa's Vince India was named the Les Bolstad Award winner at the conclusion of the championships, before earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors a day later. Purdue's Adam Schenk earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels, while Illinois' Mike Small picked up his third-straight Coach of the Year honor.
Guthrie earned first-team All-America honors, while India added to his collection of awards with second-team recognition. Kim was picked as an honorable mention All-American.