Fighting Illini Take Lead in Round 2 at Inaugural Folds of Honor Collegiate
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - The sun finally shined at American Dunes Golf Club on Tuesday and so did Illinois, shooting -11 to take command of the 2022 Folds of Honor Collegiate.
The Fighting Illini upperclassmen led the way to the lead. Piercen Hunt started strong with two birdies and an eagle on the par-five 2nd hole, Tommy Kuhl recorded four birdies, and Adrien Dumont de Chassart fired birdies on five of his final eight holes, including the 18th, to stay within two shots of the individual lead. Illinois shot 15 strokes better than they did in Round 1.
“At this golf course, you have to put it in the right spots to score well, and that’s what I did,” said Kuhl, the 2022 First-Team All-Big Ten contributor. “We got on it pretty early (as a team) and carried that momentum into the back nine to finish well.”
Florida State’s Brett Roberts and Liberty’s Jonathan Yaun closed the second round tied for the individual lead at -6. Roberts recorded an eagle on the 553-yard 6th hole en route to a round of 68, and Yaun eagled the 2nd hole to begin his three-under 69.
“I hit the ball really well today,” Roberts said. “I made a couple of clutch putts, had some good up-and-downs, and kept the ball in position to make some birdies.”
Six schools compiled lower rounds than they did in Round 1, including Arizona, Kansas, NC State, UCLA, Eastern Michigan, and Virginia Union, who improved by 15 strokes in their first event of the 2022-23 season.
The final round of the 2022 Folds of Honor Collegiate will tee off at 8:30 am EST. Follow this link for live-scoring from Golfstat.
About Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Beginning in 2022, it expanded its mission to include first responders. Our educational scholarships support private school tuition or tutoring in grades K-12, tuition for college, technical or trade school and post-graduate work, including a master’s degree, doctorate, or professional program. Funds for a second bachelor’s degree or trade/technical program certification are also available. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded about 44,000 scholarships totaling about $200 million in all 50 states. Among the students served, 41 percent are minorities. It is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and Platinum on GuideStar. It was founded by Lt Col Dan Rooney, the only-ever F-16 fighter pilot (with three combat tours in Iraq) and PGA Professional. He is currently stationed at Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service Detachment 1, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship visit foldsofhonor.org.
About American Dunes Golf Club
In 2006, the Grand Haven Golf Club hosted a small golf tournament that would inspire the formation of Folds of Honor. The Grand Haven Golf Club closed in 2018 and a small group of patriots joined together with Jack Nicklaus to create American Dunes. The mission of American Dunes is unwavering. We are honored to raise awareness and funds for the families of our fallen and disabled veterans. Jack Nicklaus led the project by donating his $3,000,000 design fee, a group of 18 individuals sponsored a hole and five private investors joined together to preserve the birthplace of Folds of Honor. The grand opening of American Dunes Golf Club took place on May 2, 2021.