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Confident Illini still not satisfied with performances

May 27, 2016

  The Illinois men’s golfers have more enough reasons to be confident. The team is coming off a program-record seven regular-season wins and epic Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional wins. Not too bad for the No. 2 team in the nation, which boasts four players in the World Amateur Golf top...

Small working behind scenes to find big wins

Small working behind scenes to find big wins

May 8, 2016

In Mike Small’s 16 years coaching the Illinois men’s golf team, the team has won seven Big Ten titles and seemingly everything else at least once. As a result, Illinois needed to add a few more trophy cases in the Demirjian Golf Practice Facility since he started. While the Big Ten tournam...

Illinois men’s golf finish strong, win 3M Invitational

By Ryan Wilson

April 3, 2016

This weekend, the Illinois men’s golf team secured its first win in the last month. This win came in the 3M Augusta Invitational against 14 other teams — nine of which ranked in Golfweek’s top 50.ej The team finished fifth and eighth at its last two tournaments.ej“People don’t understand how...

Illinois men’s golf compete in Augusta

By Ryan Wilson

April 2, 2016

[email protected], down one spot in the national rankings, play in yet another challenging tournamentThe Illinois men’s golf team did not pick an easy schedule this year. The Illini have finished fifth and tied for eighth — their worst in respect to the standings — in each of their last two to...

Illinois men’s golf team continues winless drought

By Ryan Wilson

March 27, 2016

The Illinois men’s golf team has won six of its nine tournaments this season. The team once won five straight earlier this season, but now the Illini are trying to regain that momentum.The Illini finished tied for fifth with a 22-over 874 at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational on TuesdayAG. They tied wit...

Illinois men’s golf team continues winless drought

Illinois men’s golf team continues winless drought

By Ryan Wilson

March 23, 2016

The Illinois men’s golf team has won six of its nine tournaments this season. The team once won five straight earlier this season, but now the Illini are trying to regain that momentum. The Illini finished tied for fifth with a 22-over 874 at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday. They...

Illinois men’s golf not getting a spring break

By Ryan Wilson

March 21, 2016

Tweet: The @IlliniMGolf struggled at their last tournament, and their schedule isn’t getting any easier.The No. 1 Illinois men’s golf team isn’t getting much relief after one of its worst finishes of the season.The team is competing in the 54-hole Valspar Collegiate Invitational Monday and Tues...

Illinois men’s golf team struggles in Las Vegas

By Ryan Wilson

March 11, 2016

Tweet: “We played some scared golf today,” @MikeSmall said of @IlliniMGolf.The Illinois men's golf team played its second-worst tournament — with respect to par — of the season at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.Head coach Mike Small said the biggest chall...

Elevated competition, sea level factors at Southern Collegiate Masters for Illinois men's golf

By Ryan Wilson

March 6, 2016

While Illinois’ new athletic director was settling into his position in Champaign, the University’s top-ranked team — Mike Small’s men’s golf team — was preparing for one of its biggest competitions of the season.EJThe team competes in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters from ...

Illini of the Week Feb. 25: Charlie Danielson

Illini of the Week Feb. 25: Charlie Danielson

By Ryan Wilson

February 24, 2016

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.Check out the Radio IOTW by Ryan Wilson here.Charlie Danielson is f...

Small playing career not over, but Illinois is his focus

By Ryan Wilson

February 10, 2016

It’s wintertime, and Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small, who turns 50 next month, is starting to feel it in his back and elbow.He’s had back injuries all his life. He fractured the radial head in his elbow in three different places after being knocked down in a basketball game. It led to a surg...

Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small teaching himself, players

By Ryan Wilson

February 3, 2016

Illinois men’s golf head coach Mike Small turns 50 in March, but he still has some competitive gas in his tank. Not only for his golf career, but for everything he’s involved in.“He’s sneaky good at about everything,” assistant coach Zach Barlow said. “You don’t want to take him on in too many t...

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