Illinois men’s golf wins NCAA Regional

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WCIA — The Illinois men’s golf team blitzed the course in the final round of the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional on Wednesday, firing a 16-under par total for the day to win the event by five shots at 25-under par. It’s the fifth Regional title for the program in the last seven seasons, advancing the program to the NCAA Championships for the 12th straight season.

“I’m proud of this team and the fact that they can put their name on the NCAA Regional banner that we have at Demirjian,” head coach Mike Small said in a statement. “They earned this Regional title for themselves and followed up on the Big Ten Championship victory. We have been trying to get them to grow and play with strength and purpose all year, and it all came together this week. The ability to play in a qualifying event and still pursue a victory is very important for me and I can see that it’s important to the team.”

Individually, junior Michael Feagles won the championship finishing with a three-day total of -15, becoming the fifth player to win medalist honors in program history.

“I’m really proud of Michael {Feagles}, he follows some very good Regional Champions that we’ve had, and this is big for him. He made a commitment this week to stay in the moment and only worry about what he can control, and he played as solid of a tournament as I’ve ever seen him play.”

Illinois now qualifies for the NCAA Championships starting next Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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