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No. 21 Illini Take on the Field at 34th Annual Duck Invitational

No. 21 Illini Take on the Field at 34th Annual Duck Invitational

EUGENE, Ore. – The Illinois men’s golf team, ranked No. 21 in the NCAA Division I team rankings and tied for 20th nationally in the GCAA’s Bushnell/Golfweek coaches poll, returns to action this week at the 34th Annual Duck Invitational, Monday at Tuesday.

The event marks the teams return to the Pacific Northwest for the second time this season after opening the year with a team win at the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash., in September. Most recently, the Illini are coming off of a Spring Break trip in which the team finished eighth at The Johnnie-O at Sea Island before falling, 5.5-1.5, in a match-play exhibition vs. Texas.


The Duck Invitational is hosted by future Big Ten foe Oregon at Eugene Country Club, located just two miles north of the UO campus across the Willamette River. The course, with its scenic and natural setting among tall firs has developed a reputation as one of the finest golf courses on the Pacific Coast. The course will be par-71 at 6,997 yards.


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. Play is slated to begin each day with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. PT.


The Duck Invitational field includes 15 programs vying for the team title. The team competition is highlighted by 11 programs ranked inside the top 65 of the latest NCAA Division I team rankings. Playing alongside the No. 21 Illini are host and 24th-ranked Oregon, No. 30 Oklahoma State, No. 39 Loyola Marymount, No. 41 Northwestern, No 46 Fresno State, No. 53 San Jose State, No. 54 Oregon State, No. 58 Colorado, No. 63 Grand Canyon, No. 64 Colorado State, No. 89 Utah, No. 106 Cal Poly, No. 117 UTEP, and No. 171 Boise State.


No. 1: Tyler Goecke

No. 2: Max Herendeen

No. 3: Jackson Buchanan

No. 4: Ryan Voois

No. 5: Ethan Wilson


Live scoring for the Duck Invitational will be available on GolfStat. A Recap and results will be posted on following each day of play.


The 2024 Duck Invitational marks the first time that the Fighting Illini will compete in the event, now in its 34th playing.


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