2010 Men's Golf Season in Review
June 25, 2010
The 2010 Big Ten men’s golf season culminated with Illinois’ Scott Langley being crowned the nation’s top individual player at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. Also named Big Ten Golfer of the Year, Langley finished at 10-under par during stroke play, including a pair of four-under par rounds to end the tournament, becoming the first Big Ten golfer to win national medalist honors since Northwestern’s Luke Donald in 1999. Langley finished two strokes ahead of the field and turned in scores of 70-68-68 in the championships. The previous best individual finish by an Illinois golfer was Steve Stricker’s ninth-place effort in 1988.
Langley and the Illini were one of two conference teams to compete at the NCAA Championships, joining Penn State. The two squads advanced to the championships after finishing in the top five at their respective regional tournaments. As a team, Illinois finished 19th and Penn State was 29th.
Prior to NCAA competition, the Illini claimed their second straight conference championship by posting a four-day score of 1157. Holding a 16-shot lead heading into the final round, the Illini held off a strong surge from second-place Iowa and third-place Northwestern to secure the win. Wildcat David Lipsky won medalist honors at the championships, finishing with a three-under par 281 to help the Wildcats into the top three in the team standings.
Following the conference championships, six conference squads and three individuals qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State earned team berths, while Michigan State’s Jack Newman, Minnesota’s Ben Pisani and Purdue’s Erich Johnston earned individual berths into the field. Illinois and Penn State placed in the top five at their respective regionals to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Langley ended the season as a Golf Coaches Association of America PING First-Team All-American, while Pen State’s Kevin Foley and T.J. Howe were named Honorable Mention All-Americans.