CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — There have been flashes, but as a whole Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small is still waiting to see his team at its peak for an entire tournament. It’s that consistency that the longtime Illini leader is hoping starts to click in the final two tournaments of the regular season before championship season gets underway.
“Greatness at what you do is the difference between your best and your worst, and the great ones that gap is very small,” Small said. “Consistency and belief is where we’re at right now, and I think they’re starting to understand how good they can be if they put their mind to it. But you still need to have the consistency and the actions that will make those beliefs and dreams come true.”
The Illini had the lead in their latest tournament, the Tar Heel Intercollegiate, before dropping seven shots in the final round to finish runner-up. After two team titles in the fall, Illinois has yet to win a tournament in spring play.
“There has been success, but I still don’t think we’ve reached what we can do,” Illinois junior Bryan Baumgarten said. “And that’s whats exciting, the idea that we still havent played our best golf.”
Illinois is back on the course next weekend at the 3M Augusta Invitational.