Illini Men’s Golf Ranked 11th in Preseason Coaches Poll


Sep 16, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. – Head coach Mike Small and the Fighting Illini men's golf program open the 2022-23 season ranked No. 11 in the Bushnell/Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll released Friday (Sept. 9) by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The Illini are coming off of their seventh consecutive Big Ten Championship – and 12th of the last 13 overall – and ended last year with the team's 14th straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

The team begins the 2022-23 schedule, Sept. 16-18, by playing as host to one of the nation's premier events: the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational. The event, held on the famed North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club is now in its 16th season.

The field at the 2022 OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational will once again feature one of the most competitive lineups of the college golf schedule. Eleven of the 15 teams in this year's field are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason top-25. In addition to the Illini, OFCC will host No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Florida, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 Pepperdine, No. 15 Stanford, No. 18 Florida State, and No. 25 Arizona, plus Alabama, which is receiving votes. The remainder of the field includes Army West Point, Baylor, Indiana, and Northwestern.

The Orange and Blue return eight of nine members of the team from last season, led by fifth-year seniors Adrien Dumont de Chassart and Tommy Kuhl. The roster also returns seniors Jerry Ji and Nico Lang, junior Piercen Hunt, and a sophomores TJ Barger, Jackson Buchanan, and Dylan Keating. The program will also welcome two newcomers in freshman Ryan Voois (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro High School) and graduate transfer Matthis Besard (Oudenaarde, Belgium), an all-region standout during his time at Southern Illinois.

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