Illinois men’s golf eyes lucky number seven at Big Ten Championships in Indiana


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Junior Adrien Dumont de Chassart swings his club on a golf course. The Illinois men’s golf team will look to win their seventh Big Ten title.

By Matthew Sinele, Contributing Writer

The Illinois men’s golf team looks to take home its seventh consecutive Big Ten trophy in French Lick, Ind., this weekend.

The Illini are fresh off a successful tournament this past Sunday, where the team routed the competition in Columbus, Ohio by a total of 13 strokes. Now the team has its eyes set on their fourth tournament win of the season: the Big Ten tournament.

Illinois is being led into the competition by seniors Adrien Dumont De Chassart and Tommy Kuhl. The lineup is rounded out by sophomore Piercen Hunt, freshman Jackson Buchanan and junior Jerry Ji, with Junior Nico Lang filling in as the alternate. 

The story of this weekend is going to rely heavily on the senior leadership of Illinois. Big Ten co-golfer of the year, De Chassart and Kuhl are entering into this tournament with two Big Ten golf titles under their belt. De Chassart ended with a tie for second in last year’s Big Ten match, with Kuhl tying for tenth, and aforementioned Ji finishing with a tie for 16th in his first ever championship run.

While the team is looking to the leadership of those who have been in this situation before, Buchanan and Hunt are coming off of their best performances of the season. Look for these two to come into the tournament Friday with a pep in their step and intent in their game.

The rest of the playing field includes five teams ranked in the top-60 with Purdue at No. 25, Ohio State at No. 27, Northwestern No. 44, Michigan State at No. 46 and Indiana at No. 60.

The Illini rank as the highest seed at No. 19 and are winners of twelve of the last thirteen Big Ten Championships.

The team looks to chip into this lofty goal one stroke at a time. With the Illini already coming into this Friday’s tournament at a lightning fast pace, the fans will be looking on in great anticipation as the team has a chance to end this season in dramatic fashion. 

Action starts in French Lick, Ind., at 8 a.m., carrying throughout the weekend until late afternoon Sunday, when Illinois learns if they have achieved lucky number seven.


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