CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois golf team, led by Danville native Mike Small, was named 2013-14 team of the year by the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics on Wednesday.
Small was also named Coach of the Year by a vote of Illinois head coaches and athletics administrators as the golf team swept the inaugural year for the awards.
Small has built the Illini into one of the top programs in the nation. Illinois made it to the NCAA champions for the seventh straight year, the only northern school to accomplish this feat. Illinois also advance ot match play for the third time in four years under the current NCAA format, finishing tied for fifth place.
Illinois won its second straight regional title led by junior Brian Campbell, who won the regional individual title by four strokes. Campbell, an All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, also placed first at the MacDonald Cup and shot a final round score of 63 to tie the school record and course record at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Sophomores Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry joined Campbell on the first team All-Big Ten Team, marking the second time in school history that the Illini had three players named to the first team. Danielson was co-medalist at the Big Ten Championships, while Detry had one win among his four top-five finishes and was named to Europe’s Palmer Cup squad.
Senior Jonathan Hauter was an All-Midwest Region selection after posting three top-10 finishes in the season, sophomore David Kim had a pair of top 10’s and junior Alex Burge competed in six tournaments, including both NCAA postseason events.
Illinois won four tournaments for the year, including the Sugar Grove Regional, the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, The MacDonald Cup and the Louisiana Classics.