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No. 4 Illini Ready for Challenge at N.I.T

No. 4 Illini Ready for Challenge at N.I.T

TUCSON, Ariz. – In the team’s first action since rallying for victory at the prestigious Southern Highlands Collegiate, the Illinois men’s golf team, rated No. 4 nationally by Golfstat, returns to the desert for the second time in as many events, to match up with a formidable field at the National Invitational Tournament (N.I.T) on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18.


The N.I.T is hosted by the University of Arizona at the Omni Tucson National Resort Catalina Course in Tucson, Ariz. The Par-72, 7,200-yard course – selected as one of Golf Digest’s “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” – has hosted more than 30 PGA Tour Events.


The 54-hole tournament will be a five-count-four format played over two days. Play opens with 36 holes Friday, followed by the final 18 on Saturday. Friday will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. CT/8 a.m. PT.


The N.I.T. features a 13-team field highlighted by some of the top golf programs in the nation. The Illini, No. 4 in the latest Golfstat rankings, are one of nine teams in the field that are ranked inside the top 30 along with Arizona State (3), Pepperdine (9), Florida (12), Oklahoma (13), host Arizona (18), Colorado State (21), Oklahoma State (22), and San Diego State (27). New Mexico (56), San Diego ( 57), Southern California (68) and Wyoming (111) round out the field.


No. 1: Tommy Kuhl 

No. 2: Adrien Dumont de Chassart

No. 3: Jackson Buchanan

No. 4: Matthis Besard

No. 5:  Piercen Hunt


Individual: Ryan Voois

Individual: Jerry Ji


Live scoring for the N.I.T. will be available on A Recap and results will be posted on following each day of play.


The Illini will tee off in the field at the N.I.T. for the third consecutive season after tying for 5th in an 18-team field in 2021, and tying for 6th out of 15 last season.

Four different Illini have competed in the event in each of the previous two seasons, led by Adrien Dumont de Chassart who tied for seventh in 2021 followed by a fourth-place finish in 2022. Dumont de Chassart shot 11-under as a junior in 2021 and finished at -13 last season. In six-career rounds at the N.I.T., he has finished under par five times, including four rounds in the…


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