Fighting Illini golf leads Big Ten in individual honorees

By Peyton Wesner

Champaign, Ill. — Despite golf falling victim to a truncated season, three Fighting Illini golfers received Big Ten all-conference honors on Monday. Illinois’ trio of Michael Feagles, Jerry Ji and Giovanni Tadiotto led all conference rivals, including Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern — who had two selections each.

Averaging the team’s second-lowest score, Ji became the seventh Fighting Illini to claim Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Feagles, the last Freshman of the Year honoree, completed his shortened senior campaign with All-Big Ten first-team honors. Now as a four-time first-team selection, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native joins elite company as the fifth Fighting Illini to earn four All-Big Ten awards and the fourth golfer since 2013.

Ji and Giovanni Tadiotto were both chosen as second-team all-conference honorees.

“Congratulations to Michael, Giovanni, and Jerry on earning All-Big Ten Conference honors, and congratulations to Jerry for earning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year,” said head coach Mike Small in a press release. “It’s great to see their hard work and dedication being recognized, and I am looking forward to their growth and development continuing into next season.” 

Due to COVID-19, Illinois’ golf season was canceled with four events and the Big Ten Championships remaining. The Fighting Illini’s last competition was February 20-22 in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, where the team placed fourth in a 21-team invitational. This week was supposed to be the start of NCAA Regionals.