Illini Win Boilermaker invites behind Dumont de Chassart’s medal-winning performance

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Senior Adrien Dumont de Chassart held off a tough charge by host Purdue’s Cole Bradley to secure medalist honors with one shot while leading the No. 21-ranked Fighting Illini to the team title on Sunday at the Boilermaker Invitational at Ackerman-Allen Golf Course .

“It was a solid team effort,” said the head coach mike small mentioned. “The guys weren’t fazed by the tough, cold conditions at the start of the tournament. Then today when we were playing a good team on their home course, and to weather the tough conditions again, and then close solidly is a mindset that we’ve talked about embracing and becoming a habit.”

The win marks Dumont de Chassart’s third career collegiate win and his first since earning co-medalist honors at the 2019 Big Ten Championship. He becomes the Illini’s sixth all-time medalist at the Boilermaker Invitational. , extending Illinois’ tournament record. The team’s victory marks the second of the season for the program, after tying honors at Indiana’s Hoosier Intercollegiate to open the schedule in September, and gives the Illini five Boilermaker Invitational wins since 2009 – also a record ‘event.

Behind Dumont de Chassart’s victory, which included rounds of 69 and 65 on Saturday before closing with a 1-under 70 on Sunday, three more Illini-senior Tommy Kuhlfirst-year student Jackson Buchanan and second Pierce hunting – recorded the top 10 scores.

Kuhl climbed three places over the final 18 holes to secure his fourth career top five with a 1-under 70 on Sunday, but the team’s biggest driver was Buchanan who climbed six places to clinch his first top five with a team-low 69 (-2) in Round 3. Buchanan’s three-round total of 212 matched a career low earlier this spring at NIT Hunt in Arizona rounded out the scoring for the Illini with a 1 of 71 to count his fourth top-10 of the season with a 54-hole total of 215 (+2).

“It was a good team win,” added Small. “For so many guys to finish in the top 10, it’s solid. Adrien played hard from start to finish and made a great save on the last hole for the win. Jackson played bogey-free today , which – for a young player in these conditions and on this golf course – was something to be proud of. And Tommy and Piercen played well. It was a team effort and we showed a lot of courage and bite, which is what you need to show in team golf.”

Junior Ilini Jerry Ji tied for 37and overall with three consecutive rounds of 75 to finish 12-over, while individuals Nico Lang (227) and Luc Armbrust (229) finished 44and and tied for 47andrespectively.

As a team, the Illini entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over the host and No. 31-ranked Purdue, but edged the Boilermakers by seven strokes of the last 18 to secure the victory by eight strokes. Eastern Michigan (+25) finished 35 off the Illini in third, followed by Illinois State (+26) and Rutgers (+26) to round out the top five in the standings by team.

The Illini will be back in action April 23-24 in Columbus, Ohio, competing with the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. The event is hosted by Ohio State at Columbus Country Club and is the team’s final regular season event before the 2022 Big Ten Championships.

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