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Illini Day At John Deere Classic

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SILVIS, IL -- The Fighting Illini took over the course today in their blue and orange apparel. Today was Illini day at the John Deere Classic.

"I don't remember. I think I blacked out. I jumped, he jumped. I think I may have hugged a stranger. I think I kissed a baby," said Scott Neimann, friend of golfer Luke Guthrie. That's how excited Neimann was when he saw Guthrie sink an eagle at the 18th hole.

Neimann is a lifelong friend of Guthrie, traveling with Guthrie's parents and a pack of fans from his hometown Quincy, Illinois and other almamater.

"It's always great to see all the orange and blue out there," said Guthrie, "Illini fans are always out here strong and supporting all the Illini golfers. It makes it feel more like home."

A home crowd is exactly what Guthrie and his fellow Illini got.

Rick Schmidt, an alumni, says, "We had two airplanes full to watch our four Illini. [...] We follow them many places. We have a great team and a great following."

They are all here to see the big four, including three-time champion Steve Stricker, Luke Guthrie, D.A. Points, and Scott Langley.

"I'm here to see my brother," said Morgan Langley. At just 9-years-old, she is Scott Langley's little sister and biggest fan. "I was actually scared in some parts that he wouldn't make it and he did. He did really good actually and I hope he finishes well."

Fans are hoping for the Illini to come one, come all to the next round. Schmidt says, "Let's win it. Let's take it home."


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