Illinois golf advances to Final 4

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SUGAR GROVE (WCIA) — The Illinois men’s golf team beat Southern California 3-1-1 in the NCAA Championships quarterfinal match Tuesday morning at Rich Harvest Farms.  The win advances the Illini to the Final 4 for the fourth time in the last five years.

“Our young guys were a little sluggish today but they fought back,” Illinois head coach Mike Small said.  “Everybody was down at one time I think but Edo(ardo Lipparelli), and they just kept fighting.

“We didn’t hit some fairways early, we struggled and I think we were a little sluggish.  This is a long week, emotionally and mentally.”

Lipparelli, Nick Hardy and Giovanni Tadiotto all won their matches 1 up.  Michael Feagles lost his match 2&1 while Dylan Meyer’s duel was all square when the match ended.

“It was just kind of a steady momentum change and then you’ve got Dylan back there in the back and he’s never out of anything,” Small said.  “He’s just waiting in the weeds if we needed him and it looked like maybe we might on the last hole.  Nick played solid today, all of them.  Even Michael Feagles was down four early and just didn’t look into it. Didn’t look like he was having trouble, then he comes back and squares the match up.”

The third-seeded Illini move on to play No. 2 Oklahoma in the semifinals, looking to get to their first national championship since 2013. 

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