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University of Toledo and Illinois State share title at the Island Resort Intercollegiate

Illinois State’s Valentin Peugnet takes Medalist honors at third annual event

Harris, MI – For the first time in its third year of playing the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Island Resort & Casino near Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, two teams tied. The University of Toledo and Illinois State shared the title with a 54-hole total of 856.

The tournament, played on the resorts award-winning Sage Run golf course, was played this past Labor Day Weekend with 13 college teams competing.

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Valentin Peugnet from Illinois State captured the individual title with a final round 7-under 65 on Labor Day and a three-day total of 203 (72-66-65) to win by four strokes over Toledo’s NJ Botha (68-69-70 – 207) and Caleb VanArrogan (72-66-69-207) of Valparaiso.

“It’s just positive,” Peugnet said about the win kicking off his fall season. “I’m not trying to think too much about it. Today I played good golf but next week’s a new week and I’ll try to play my best, like I did this week.”

Course conditions and weather were pristine according to the players, including Peugnet, who admitted he wished there had been a little wind as he likes that type of challenge. “I like tough conditions,” he added. 

The University of Michigan took third place with a team total of 860, just four strokes behind the co-champs. Wolverine sophomore Hunter Thomson placed T9 and junior Will Anderson (Portage Central) was T11. Kentucky placed fourth, 4 more shots behind the Wolverines. Closer to home, Upper Peninsula native Bryson Mercier of South Dakota State, who attended North Central High School in nearby Powers, MI finished T69.

Other teams competing included host school South Dakota State, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Idaho, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Valparaiso.

For final results click on the link below:

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For more information on the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run, visit

About Island Resort & Casino
Located in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula 15 minutes west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest's largest golf, casino and entertainment resort destinations. The resort now features 400+ guest rooms, more than 1,200 of the latest slots, a poker room, various gaming tables, a sportsbook, bingo hall, two championship golf courses, the luxurious Drift Spa, an RV park, a headline entertainment showroom, a pool with waterpark features, an expansive convention space that can be customized, and enough dining choices to please every palate. The resort is easily accessible via regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette -- connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing, or Grand Rapids. Visit  

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