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No. 16 Illini Set for The Johnnie-O at Sea Island

No. 16 Illini Set for The Johnnie-O at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The Illinois men’s golf team, ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Division I team rankings and No. 17 nationally in the GCAA’s Bushnell/Golfweek coaches poll, heads southeast to the scenic Atlantic Coast to compete in The Johnnie-O at Sea Island, Monday at Tuesday.

The event is the third of the spring schedule for the Illini who captured their second team victory of the season, Feb. 12-13 at the Hal Williams Collegiate in Mobile, Ala., before a strong top-five finish at the prestigious Southern Highlands Collegiate, Feb. 25-27, in Las Vegas, Nev.


The Johnnie-O at Sea Island is hosted by Big Ten foe Rutgers at Sea Island Resort’s Plantation Course in St. Simons Island, Ga. The course, originally a nine-hole track designed by Walter Davis in 1928, was redesigned in 2019 by Mark Love and his brother, PGA professional Davis Love III who annually hosts the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic at the venue. The par-72 course spans 7,060 yards.

Individual competitors will tee off at the Sea Palms Course (Par 71 / 6,822 yards) at nearby Sea Palms Resort.


The 54-hole tournament will be a five-count-four format played over two days, with 36 holes set for Monday, followed by Tuesday’s final round. Monday is slated to begin at 8:45 a.m. ET/7:45 a.m. CT with a shotgun start. Tuesday’s final round opens at 8 a.m. ET/7 a.m. CT with tee times off Nos. 1 and 10.

The individual competition will open each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. ET/7 a.m. CT.  


The Johnnie-O at Sea Island field includes 14 programs vying for the team title, including six Big Ten opponents. The team competition is highlighted by six programs ranked inside the top 60 of the latest NCAA Division I team rankings. Playing alongside the No. 16 Illini are No. 19 Texas, No. 41 Notre Dame, No. 46 UNC Greensboro, No. 55 Kansas, No. 59 Kansas State, No. 72 Cincinnati, No. 84 Augusta, No. 85 Minnesota, No. 92 Rutgers, No. 94 Marquette, No. 95 Michigan State, No. 114 Nebraska, and No. 132 Penn State.


No. 1: Tyler Goecke

No. 2: Max Herendeen

No. 3: Jackson Buchanan

No. 4: Ryan Voois

No. 5: Timmy Crawford


Individual: Ethan Wilson

Individual: Jerry Ji

Individual: Piercen Hunt


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