PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The Fighting Illini men’s golf team closed out play at the Cypress Point Classic on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over Georgia Tech in the final round of singles match play at the famed Cypress Point Club.
With the win, the sixth-seeded Illini finish the week 1-1-1 to secure seventh place. The Illini opened with a 2-1 loss in the foursomes match vs. Tennessee in Round 1 on Monday morning, before tying with host and seventh-seeded Stanford in Round 2 (four ball) Monday afternoon. The conclusion of play at Cypress Point officially wraps up the team’s schedule for the fall season.
Five of the six matches vs. the Yellowjackets on Tuesday were extremely tightly contested affairs that needed at least 16 holes to be decided. The exception was senior Piercen Hunt’s victory, 9&7, over GT’s Colson Brown.
A trio of underclassmen battled to wins for the Illini, with freshman Max Herendeen finishing with a 2&1 victory over Aidan Kramer, while classmate Ethan Wilson defeated Adam Bratton and sophomore Ryan Voois downed Aidan Tran, both 3&2. Fifth year senior Timmy Crawford secured the team’s fifth point, 3&1, to defeat Georgia Tech’s Brady Rackley.
The Orange and Blue’s lone setback in Round 3 was a 1-down result for junior Jackson Buchanan against the Yellow Jackets’ Andy Mao.
Full results are available at Golfstat.com.
The Illini are scheduled to return to the course on Jan. 28 in the annual Tinervin Cup at Coral Creek Golf Club in Placida, Fla. The event will once again pit the current Illini against a team of Orange & Blue alumni as a tuneup for the beginning of the spring season which officially opens Feb. 12-13 at the Hal Williams Collegiate in Mobile, Ala.