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Illini Begin Big Ten Title Chase Friday in French Lick

FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The Fighting Illini men’s golf team, ranked No. 17 in the latest Golfweek team ratings and No. 19 by Golfstat, tees off this weekend at The Pete Dye Course at French Lick for the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship.

The Orange and Blue are in search of the program’s seventh-consecutive conference title, their 12th in the last 13 league championships dating back to the 2008-09 season, and the program’s 19th all-time.

THE-SETTING
The 2022 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship is hosted at The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. The course, famously sketched on a napkin by Hall of Fame architect and namesake Pete Dye, opened in 2009.

This championship golf course on one of Indiana’s highest elevation points has narrow, immaculate fairways and rugged, intense terrain. The Pete Dye Course has gained national acclaim for its 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside, three man-made lakes, “volcano” bunkers and a variety of elevation changes. A robust 8,100 yards from the professional tees punctuate Dye’s signature sting from vista to vista. The Big Ten Championship layout will feature a Par-72, 7,033-yard track.

Among the various championships hosted by The Pete Dye Course at French Lick, is the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship, the record-tying third for Illini head coach mike small. The facility has also hosted: Big Ten Golf Championships (2012-14), Alice Dye Invitational (2010-current), The Legends Tour Championship (2013-16), Senior PGA Championship (2015) and the Senior LPGA Championship (2017-2021 ).

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The 54-hole tournament will be played over three days, Friday-Sunday, with 18 holes slated for each day. The low four scores will count towards the team score in each round. Tee times for Friday and Saturday begin at 9 am ET/8 am CT. Sunday’s final round is scheduled to tee off beginning at 8 am ET/7 am CT, and will be immediately followed by the awards ceremony at the No. 18 green.

THE FIELD
The field will include all 14 Big Ten men’s golf programs. The Illini, 19th in the latest Golfstat (17 by Golfweek) team ratings, are one of five top-50 ranked teams in the league, along with Purdue (25), Ohio State (27), Northwestern (44), and Michigan State (46). Indiana (60), Iowa (68) and Penn State (83) all rank in the top-100, followed by Wisconsin (104), Rutgers (109), Nebraska (111), Michigan (117), Minnesota (138) and Maryland (174).

FIGHTING ILLINI LINEUP
#1: Adrien Dumont de Chassart
#2: Tommy Kuhl
#3: Pierce Hunt
#4: jackson buchanan
#5: Jerry Ji
Alt: Nico Lang

ILLINI AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2022 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship marks the conference’s 102nd championship tournament dating back to 1920 and the 101st for the Fighting Illini who have competed for the league title every year except for 1929 when only seven programs played in the event. No tournament was held in 2020.

Illinois ranks second all-time with 18 conference championships, and sits in the lead spot in the Big Ten record book with 25 individual medalists (top-3 finishers). Twenty-one Illini have captured the individual conference championship.

under head coach mike small, the Illini have won 11 of the last 12 Big Ten Championships dating back to the 2008-09 season. During the mike small era, the Illini also won or shared the individual title for nine consecutive seasons between 2011 and 2019, the longest streak in Big Ten history.

Senior Adrien Dumont de Chassartclassmates Tommy Kuhland junior Jerry Ji all enter play this week with Big Ten Championship experience. Dumont de Chassart will play for his third Big Ten title, having won the 2019 event as a true freshman at Philadelphia Cricket Club, and leading the Illini last year with a tie for second at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. Kuhl, the team’s alternate in 2019, tied for 10th in his first Big Ten Championship at Crooked Stick, while Ji tied for 16th in his first B1G run to help the Illini capture their sixth consecutive team title. Sophomore Pierce Hunt and freshman jackson buchanan – along with alternate junior Nico Lang – are each set to play in their first Big Ten Championship. Hunt was an alternate for the team in 2021.

LIVE SCORING
Live scoring for the Big Ten Championship will be available on Golfstat.com. A recap and results will be posted on FightingIllini.com following each day of competition.

UP NEXT
Following the Big Ten Championship, the Fighting Illini will await the selection of the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship field, which will be released as part of GOLF Channel’s College Central coverage on Wednesday, May 4 at 4 pm ET/3 pm CT.

NCAA Regionals are slated for May 16-18, and will be held at six sites: Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas; host: Texas A&M), OSU Golf Club – Scarlet Course (Columbus, Ohio; host: Ohio State), Yale Golf Course (New Haven, Conn.; host: Yale), PGA National Resort – Champions Course (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; host: Florida Atlantic), The Reserve at Spanos Park (Stockton, Calif.; host: Pacific), and Ol’ Colony Golf Complex (Tuscaloosa, Ala.; host: Alabama)

The NCAA National Championship will be played on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 27-June 1. Illinois is in search of the program’s 14th-consecutive NCAA Championship berth dating back to 2008, a streak that ranks second Nationally, one behind Texas.

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