Illinois travels to Oklahoma for NCAA Stillwater Regional


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Brian Campbell swings during a round of golf on May 9.

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer

The men’s golf team will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the NCAA Stillwater Regional Championship following the Illini’s win at the Big Ten Championship two weeks ago. The event, hosted by the Cowboys of Oklahoma State, begins Monday. 

Karsten Creek Golf Club has hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship as recently as 2018.

The Illini have won five regional championships under head coach Mike Small, including four straight wins from 2013 to 2016 and another in 2019. 

Coming into Monday, the Illini are ranked 11th in the nation ahead of all teams participating, except for the hosting Cowboys, who are ranked fourth. The Illini were named the second seed in the regional, behind the Cowboys.

 There will be 13 teams competing and 10 individuals. The rest of the field includes Auburn, SMU, Notre Dame, Alabama, Baylor, Sam Houston State, Little Rock, Ole Miss, Northwestern, College of Charleston and Middle Tennessee. The schools are seeded in that same order.

The top five teams after three days will advance to the NCAA Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, along with the top individual not on a qualifying team.

This marks the 13th consecutive regional appearance for the Illini and the 16th overall under Small.

Fifth-year senior Michael Feagles won the Myrtle Beach Regional in 2019. Junior Adrien Dumont de Chassart finished tied for fourth in the event.

The Illini currently have the second-longest streak of NCAA National Championship appearances behind Texas, which is likely to advance to the NCAA National Championship again this year. 

Temperatures in Stillwater will be in the mid to high 70s throughout the event. There is a 40% chance of rain on Monday and a 50% chance of rain on Tuesday. On Wednesday, there’s a 50% chance of rain.



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