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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Fighting Illini men's golf rising fifth-year senior Adrien Dumont de Chassart, the reigning two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, is ranked seventh in the pre-season Velocity Global Ranking for the PGA TOUR University Class of 2023, released Wednesday (July 27).

In partnership with the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), PGA TOUR University ranks collegiate players based on their average performance in NCAA Division I men's team competitions, official PGA TOUR tournaments and select DP World Tour events. At the end of the college golf season, the top five finishers will earn membership on Korn Ferry Tour and players finishing 6-15 will earn membership on PGA TOUR Canada or PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Dumont de Chassart returns to Illinois as a super-senior in 2022-23, and is coming off of one of the most decorated individual campaigns in program history, including leading the Illini to a Big Ten record seventh straight conference championship in 2021-22.

In addition to earning his second consecutive B1G Player of the Year nod – joining Illini legend Steve Stricker as the only two-time winners in program history – the native of Villers la Ville, Belgium, was tabbed as a second-team All-American by both PING (GCAA) and Golfweek, and was named first team All-Big Ten, and All-Big Ten Tournament team. He appeared on both the Haskins and Hogan Award watch lists.

Dumont de Chassart secured the Les Bolstad Award as the Big Ten season leader in stroke average through the end of the conference championship, and at the conclusion of the Illini's postseason run his average of 70.08 established an Illinois record for a single season.

He recorded top-20 finishes in 11 of 12 collegiate stroke-play events last season, and tied for 21st in his only finish outside of the top-20 at the Southern Highland Collegiate. Overall, Dumont de Chassart led the team with seven top-10 finishes, and closed as Illinois first- or second-place finisher in all 12 tourneys, pacing the squad in a team-most six. He tallied 29 of 36 rounds at par or better, including 15 rounds in the 60s, and won third collegiate event of his career at the Boilermaker Invitational in early April. Academically, Dumont de Chassart also completed his third straight season with Academic All-Big Ten, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors.

This summer, Dumont de Chassart competed, for the second straight season, for Team International at the Arnold Palmer Cup, after first advancing through local qualifying to compete as one of 15 amateurs in the 156-player field at the 122nd U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Dumont de Chassart originally opened last season at No. 16 in the PGA Tour U rankings before deciding to return to Illinois and subsequently withdrawing from consideration. Former teammate Michael Feagles, currently in his rookie season on the Korn Ferry Tour, finished seventh in the inaugural PGA Tour U rankings in 2021.

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Three Illini Named Big Ten Preseason Honorees

ROSEMONT, Ill. --
Three Fighting Illini men's golfers were recognized by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday (Aug. 31) as fifth-year seniors Adrien Dumont de Chassart and Tommy Kuhl, and junior Piercen Hunt were named 2022-23 Preseason Honorees.

The trio of upperclassmen return for Fighting Illini after helping the team to a conference-record seventh consecutive Big Ten Championship, and a berth in the NCAA Regionals to close out the 2021-22 season.

Dumont de Chassart is coming off of his second consecutive B1G Player of the Year nod, joining Illini legend Steve Stricker as the only two-time winners in program history. The native of Villers la Ville, Belgium, was tabbed as a second-team All-American by both PING (GCAA) and Golfweek, and was named first team all-region, first team All-Big Ten, and All-Big Ten Tournament team, while appearing on both the Haskins and Hogan Award watch lists in 2021-22. He secured the Les Bolstad Award as the Big Ten season leader in stroke average through the end of the conference championship, and at the conclusion of the Illini's postseason run his average of 70.08 established an Illinois record for a single season. Dumont de Chassart recorded top-20 finishes in 11 of 12 collegiate stroke-play events last season, and tied for 21st in his only finish outside of the top-20 at the Southern Highland Collegiate. Overall, he led the team with seven top-10 finishes, and closed as Illinois' first- or second-place finisher in all 12 tourneys, pacing the squad in a team-most six. He tallied 29 of 36 rounds at par or better, including 15 rounds in the 60s, and won the third collegiate event of his career at the Boilermaker Invitational in early April. This summer Dumont de Chassart competed, for the second straight season, for Team International at the Arnold Palmer Cup, after first advancing through local qualifying to compete as one of 15 amateurs in the 156-player field at the 122nd U.S. Open. He enters the season at No. 15 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and debuted at No. 7 in the PGA TOUR University preseason rankings released last month.

Kuhl, a native of Morton, Ill., was tabbed as an All-Midwest Region performer for the Illini, and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2021-22, the first all-conference nod of his career. Kuhl emerged as one of the Illini's top performers, ranking second on the team with a season stroke average of 71.61, nearly a full stroke ahead of his previous season-best (72.53) set as a sophomore in 2019-20. Kuhl placed as the Illini's top finisher in four events in 2021-22, the second-most on the team behind Dumont de Chassart. He closed the season with seven top-20 individual finishes, including a trio of third-place showings at the Hoosier Collegiate, the Boilermaker Invitational, and the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. Kuhl also tied for sixth at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational posting a career-low round of 65 and a personal-best 54-hole score of 207 (-9). He finished as the top Illini at the NCAA New Haven Regional with a tie for 12th, and tallied 19 of 36 rounds of the season at par or better, tying for the second-most on the team. This summer, Kuhl qualified for the U.S. Amateur with a second-place finish at local qualifying at Watertown Country Club in Watertown, Wis., and joined Dumont de Chassart to give the Illini two representatives in the match play Round of 64 at the prestigious event.

Hunt, from Hartland, Wis., is also coming off of a breakout year as a sophomore in 2021-22. He took home his first All-Midwest Region honor and was named a second-team all-B1G selection for his first all-conference nod. Hunt ranked third on the team with a season stroke average of 71.94, more than a full stroke ahead of his freshman season (73.20). He recorded top-10 finishes in six of 12 tournaments, including a tie for ninth at the Big Ten Championship. Hunt won the first tournament of his collegiate career at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational last October, tallying a then-career-low single-round score of 68 (-4) in Rounds 1 and 3, and finishing with a career-best 54-hole tally of 209 (-7). He broke his single-round mark on Day 1 of the NCAA New Haven Regional, posting a 6-under 64 at Yale Golf Course. Hunt closed last season as Illinois top finisher in two events, and matched Kuhl for second on the team with 19 rounds (out of 36) at par or better on the year. This summer, he captured top honors as medalist at the Watertown Country Club local qualifier to advance to the U.S. Amateur for the second straight year.

The Illini open the 2022-23 schedule Sept. 16-18, when the Orange and Blue play host to the 16th annual OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational at famed Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.
 

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Hardy, Detry Secure PGA Tour Cards for 2022-23

NEWBURGH, Ind. –
Fighting Illini men's golf alumni Nick Hardy and Thomas Detry have each secured their PGA Tour Cards for the 2022-23 season.

The duo solidified their standing by virtue of their respective finishes in The Finals 25 standings, which drew to a close following the completion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at Victoria National Golf Club, the third and final leg of the Korn Ferry Tour Playoff.

Hardy finished 10th in The Finals 25 standings after tying for 15th at the Boise Open, grabbing a share of 28th at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, and tying for 12th this weekend at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. The former Illini returns to the PGA Tour for a second consecutive season after earning his 2021-22 PGA Tour Card last year thanks to a top-25 finish in the Korn Ferry Tour regular-season standings.

He played in 21 PGA Tour events in 2021-22, making 12 cuts and notching four top-25 finishes, including a tie for eighth at the Travelers Championship in late June. That performance came on the heels of a tie for 14th the previous week at the 122nd U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Detry stormed out of the gate to open the Korn Ferry Playoff with a tie for fourth at the Boise Open, a performance that all but secured his tour status following one event, and finished 17th in The Finals 25 standings.

Detry has been a mainstay on the DP World Tour since 2017, however, the Belgian is no stranger to PGA Tour events. He played in four PGA events in 2021-22, plus The Open Championship this past July at St. Andrews where he finished in a tie for 34th. He also posted a pair of top-20 scores with a tie for 10th at the Genesis Scottish Open, and a tie for 15th at the Corales Puntacana Championship, and tied for 22nd in his other two PGA outings – at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship and the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.

The 2022-23 PGA Tour schedule begins Sept. 15-18 with the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, Calif.
 

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Adrien is 5th in the rankings right now And the team is playing really well so far this season. Great start.
 

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Coming off of the best 54-hole finish of his collegiate career, a tie for third and one stroke out of the individual title at the inaugural Folds of Honor Collegiate, University of Illinois sophomore Jackson Buchanan has been selected as the Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday.

Buchanan's performance helped the Illini run away with the team title by 15 strokes.

  • Posted a total of 212 (-4) to match his career-low, 54-hole score
  • Carded rounds of 74, 70, and 68 to finish nearly six strokes below the course average of 76.63 for the week
  • Recorded 45 of 54 holes at or below par, including 12 birdies and an eagle
It marks the first-career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor for Buchanan, and the second of the season for the Illini. Adrien Dumont de Chassart also claimed the award on Sept. 21.

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The Illini will return to action, Oct. 17-18, for the Dayton Flyer Invitational. The event will be held at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio
 

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