SPRINGFIELD (WCIA) — Michael Feagles has seen the biggest stages in college golf with his three national championships appearances with the Illini. This week he’s taking his game up a level, to the professional ranks and the Web.com tour. He’s the Illini exemption at this week’s Lincoln Land Championship in Springfield.
“Obviously I’m super competitive, so I want to be in contention but it’s a big stage and this is my first time doing it, so I don’t have a ton of expectations,” Feagles said. “I’m just gonna go out and play as hard as I can.”
It’s the same exemption that went to former Illini Dylan Meyer before he graduated from Illinois in 2018. He’s now grinding away on the web.com tour and says that experiencing a professional tournament while still in college is a huge benefit.
“It’s big time,” Meyer said. “You’re able to go and play against professional golfers and you’re able to see how truly hard it is to go to the next level. You always hear how junior golf to college is a big jump but college golf to professional golf is an even bigger jump.”
Feagles and Meyer played a practice round together on Tuesday. That’s the first time they’ve paired up since Meyer left Illinois. It was a chance for Feagles to bounce ideas and plans off of Meyer that could help him in his first go around with the pros.
“Just talk to him about experiences and what they’ve been through, their transition from playing college golf to professional golf,” said Feagles.
“It’s just golf,” Meyer added. “Whether you’re an amateur or professional, you still have to go out and play the golf course, hit the shots and do your thing. If you still live by Coach’s words, you’re gonna do just fine.”
They are two of three Illini in the field this week at Panther Creek. The other is Brian Campbell, who is currently 20th in the Web.com standings, that is the highest ranking of his career.