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Illini win seventh straight Big Ten Golf Championship

Published: May. 1, 2022 at 10:50 PM CDT
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FRENCH LICK, Indiana (WEEK) - The Illinois men’s golf team made history on Sunday winning a conference-record seventh consecutive Big Ten Championship.

The story of the day, though, was the wind. The wind made it really difficult to play. The Illini players say they were kind of used to the wind after this spring.

“I told coach, it was on Hole 14, I said this is a normal day in Champaign-Urbana,” Tommy Kuhl, Illinois senior golfer and Morton native, said. “You know, it’s been blowing 30 about every day when we’re practicing so, this is not new for us. So, it was right up our ally for sure.”

“If golf can have a ‘slobber-knocker’ this was it,” Mike Small, Illinois head coach, said. “(It came down to) who can survive to the end and not make any more bogeys coming in to avoid the big numbers, and we did that at the end. You win a lot of championships in golf, specifically, by not losing it yourself and by staying steady. Under these conditions, that’s about as steady as we could have stayed, and it turned out to be one (stroke) enough.”

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