Men’s golf captures 10th Big Ten Championship in 11 years


Freshman Adrien Dumont de Chassart puts at the Olympia Field Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields on Sept. 16, 2018. Dumont de Chassart tied for first as an individual at the Big Ten Championships Sunday. Photo courtesy of Illini Athletics.

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

The No. 24 Illinois men’s golf team continued its reign over the Big Ten Conference this weekend, capturing its 10th Big Ten Championship title in 11 years.

After facing difficult conditions while playing the Philadelphia Cricket Club course in Flourtown, PA all weekend, Illinois broke away with the lead on Sunday, finishing 2-under as a team on the final day of competition to make their total score 28-over-par.

The Illini were led by freshman standout Adrien Dumont de Chassart, who finished tied for first with the Golden Gophers’ Angus Flanagan. Dumont de Chassart was over par the first two rounds of play, but shot a 4-under-par 66 for a strong Sunday finish.

He was one of three Illini under par on Sunday, joined by juniors Giovanni Tadiotto and Michael Feagles who shot 68 and 69, respectively.

Dumont de Chassart’s finish at the top of the leaderboard marks the ninth year in a row an Illini has earned individual champion honors — last year’s individual champion was then-senior Nick Hardy. Tadiotto also earned top-10 honors, finishing in seventh place.

Rounding out Illinois’ scores were sophomore Varun Chopra and junior Bryan Baumgarten; Chopra had led the Illini alongside Feagles after round one, but dropped two additional rounds over par to end up T-11. Baumgarten, who played in Illinois’ No. 3 spot, got off to a rough start on Friday with an 8-over-par 78 and struggled to come back during the next two days of play.

The Big Ten Championship concludes Illinois’ conference play, and the team will await NCAA Regional site announcements. NCAA competition will begin May 13.



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