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No. 20 Illini Open Spring Schedule at Hal Williams Collegiate

No. 20 Illini Open Spring Schedule at Hal Williams Collegiate

MOBILE, Ala. – The Illinois men’s golf team, ranked No. 20 nationally in the NCAA Division I men’s team rankings, is set to officially open its spring season, traveling to the Gulf Coast to compete in the 2024 Hal Williams Collegiate. The two-day event is hosted by the University of South Alabama, and will be played Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13.


The Hal Williams Collegiate is held at the Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Mobile, Ala. The course – part of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – has been rated as one of Golf World Magazine’s “Top 50 Public Courses.” It features a Par-71 layout that stretches 7,178 yards.


The 54-hole tournament will be played over two days with 36 holes set for Monday, followed by the final 18 on Tuesday. Each day is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start with Monday opening at 8 a.m. CT and Tuesday set to start at 8:30 a.m. CT.


The tournament field features 14 programs highlighted by six ranked inside the top 100 of the NCAA team rankings: Davidson, Illinois (20), Kansas State (69), Kent State (66), Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU (33), Memphis (99), Oral Roberts, Seton Hall, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, and VCU (56).


No. 1: Jackson Buchanan

No. 2: Max Herendeen

No. 3: Ryan Voois

No. 4: Timmy Crawford

No. 5: Jerry Ji


Individual: Tyler Goecke

Individual: Piercen Hunt

Individual: Ethan Wilson


The Illini have previously competed at the Hal Williams Collegiate – formerly known as the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate – six times, including each of the last four seasons. Illinois enters the 2024 event as the defending tournament team champion, having won the 2023 Hal Williams Collegiate by 13 strokes with a 36-under tally of 816. The Illini also claimed the team title in 2021 with a tournament-record score of 827 (-37), behind a record individual performance from former Illini Michael Feagles who shot a 200 (-16) to earn medalist honors. The team placed second in 2020, and third in 2022, and also played in the tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013, finishing fourth and third, respectively.

Current members of the Illini roster have combined to play in the event 11 times over the last four…


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