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Charlie Danielson of Illinois wins Northern Trust Collegiate Showcase
Charlie Danielson with Kelly Mannard of Northern Trust<br>courtesy Brandon Goethals, PGA Tour
Charlie Danielson with Kelly Mannard of Northern Trust
courtesy Brandon Goethals, PGA Tour
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2016) -- Today at Riviera Country Club there was hardly a gallery, and most of the spectators that were in attendance were following World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and his partner Beau Hossler, representing Texas. (Hossler posted 1-over 71.)

Starting on the back nine with his coach Mike Small (a former Tour player 3-time PGA National Club Pro champ) on the bag, Charlie Danielson of Illinois (paired with PGA Tour player and Illinois alum Scott Langley) quietly went about his business, picking the Riviera layout apart without a single bogey.

At 2-under par on his last hole, he faced a shot of 114 yards to a tucked pin on the 9th green. Leave it in the bunker and it could plug; go long and face a tough downhill two putt or up-and-down.

"We had a perfect yardage there," said Danielson. "Coach said we should try and make birdie so we went right at it."

Danielson's birdie putt on the 9th hole, his last

After hoisting a gap wedge to 7 feet, Danielson drained a tricky left to right downhill putt, putting the icing on a 3-under 68 -- three clear of the next two players, last year's winner Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest and Jonathan Garrick of UCLA who posted 71.

On Thursday, Danielson will play in the Northern Trust Open, his first PGA Tour event.

“It means a lot to play this week at the Northern Trust Open because I was fortunate enough to be able to come on the trip because our team had such a great year," Danielson told Golfweek.

"And to come play with donors and coach Small, it was a treat. To play in my first PGA Tour event and have it be at Riviera, here at the Northern Trust Open, I am just grateful for the opportunity.”

Danielson's 68 was especially noteworthy since players did not get the chance to play a practice round at Riviera on Sunday.

Texas, took the four-person team title behind Jordan Spieth and Beau Hossler.

2016 Northern Trust Collegiate Showcase  

 

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ABOUT THE Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase

The Northern Trust Collegiate Showcase was founded in 2015, when Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest won the individual title and a chance to play in the Northern Trust Open. Fourteen collegiate players are paired with PGA Tour players from their school. Two simultaneous competitions take place:

In the individual competition, the collegiate players will play their own ball to record an 18-hole score. The low collegian is awarded a playing spot in the Northern Trust Open.

In the team competition, the professional and the two amateurs (playing at specified percentage of their most current and verified handicap) will team up to play a best ball format (one-ball). The low Professional and Amateurs team will take home the Champions Trophy for their school and a check for $50,000.00, going to their universities golf program.

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