After opening the quarterfinal match trailing in a handful of matches, the Fighting Illini come back to defeat the USC Trojans 3-1-1 to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. This will be the fourth time in five years that Illinois will play in a semifinal match.
Edoardo Lipparelli led the team off with an early 1 UP win over the 9th ranked Sean Crocker, while freshman Giovanni Tadiotto followed up with a 1 UP victory over Andrew Levitt.
Junior Nick Hardy closed his match with Rico Hoey on the 18th to seal the quarterfinal win. Coach Small was pleased with the comeback effort from his guys.
“Man, we really fought back,” said Small after the victory. “This is a long week emotionally and mentally and we looked a little sluggish, but the guys just kept fighting.”
Illinois will face the second seeded Oklahoma Sooners in semifinal play, which will begin at 1:30pm with Edoardo Lipparelli leading off for Illinois. You can follow along on twitter shot by shot at @TCRBrad, or check out the links below for TV coverage and live scoring updates.
Pairings (Play Begins at 1:30pm CST)
Lipparelli vs. Hale
Tadiotto vs. McGreevy
Feagles vs. Reinertson
Hardy vs. Hirschman
Meyer vs. Dalke
Match Play Bracket
TV Schedule (Golf Channel)
3:00pm - 7:00pm CST Live Semifinal Round Coverage Team Match Play
Online Stream and Live Scoring
Online TV Stream (During TV Coverage): Golf Channel Live Extra App
Live Scoring (During Match Play): Golfstat.com