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Illini, Herendeen Claim NCAA Stanford Regional Titles

Illini, Herendeen Claim NCAA Stanford Regional Titles

STANFORD, Calif. – Behind a trio of top-10 finishers, highlighted by a medalist performance from freshman Max Herendeen, the No. 18-ranked Fighting Illini men’s golf team captured the title at the NCAA Stanford Regional at Stanford Golf Club and punched its ticket through to the 2024 NCAA Championship.  

The team win marks the sixth regional title for the Fighting Illini since 2007 under head coach Mike Small. Herendeen’s victory is the first of his collegiate career, and he becomes the fifth different Illini to capture the program’s now sixth NCAA Regional Medalist honor, joining Michael Feagles (2019 Myrtle Beach), Nick Hardy (2017 West Lafayette), two-time regional winner Brian Campbell (2015 Noblesville and 2014 Sugar Grove), and Luke Guthrie (2011 Central).

The Illini left no doubt in securing their place in the NCAA Championship, carding a team score of 804 (-36) to win by an eight-stroke margin over top-seeded Florida State (812, -28), and finish 27 shots clear of sixth place with the top-five teams earning bids.

The Orange and Blue advance to the NCAA Championship for the 15th time in the last 16 national tournaments dating back to 2008 (no tournament was held in 2020). Overall, it marks the 30th NCAA Championship appearance in program history, and the 17th under head coach Mike Small.  

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The Fighting Illini advance to compete at the 2024 NCAA Championship on the North Course at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, May 24-29.


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