Mike Small (born March 4, 1966) is an American professional golfer. Events 51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title Princeps iuventutis (head of the youth Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Small has played in over 50 PGA Tour events in his career, including 7 major championships. The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the main professional Golf tours in the United States. He is head golf coach at the University of Illinois (2000-). This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of He was Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 2001-02 season, when Illinois placed 18th in the NCAA Championships.
Small was born in Aurora, Illinois and grew up in Danville, Illinois He was a four-time letter winner at Danville High School. Aurora is the second-largest City in the US state of Illinois, with a population of 175952 (2007 est Danville is a City in Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. Before attending University of Illinois, Small won the Junior Masters in 1984. At Illinois, Small was a member of the 1988 Big Ten Championship team, where he finished second behind teammate and current PGA Tour member Steve Stricker. Professional wins (11 PGA Tour wins (4 Other wins (7 1987 Wisconsin State Open (as an amateur 1990 Victoria Open Small was named to the All-Big Ten squad and won two tournaments during his senior year, the Intercollegiate and the Michigan State Spartan Classic. Butler National Golf Club is a prestigious private Golf club located in Oak Brook Illinois.
Small turned pro in 1990 and played on various tours before joining the PGA in 1995. In 1997, he won two Nike Tour (now the Nationwide Tour) events and finished in the Top 15 on the Nike Tour money list, earning his PGA Tour card for the 1998 season. The Nationwide Tour is the developmental tour for the US-based PGA Tour, and features Professional golfers who have either failed to score well enough He played on the PGA Tour in 1998, where his best finish was 9th place at the Bell Canadian Open. The Canadian Open (currently sponsored as the RBC Canadian Open) is a Golf tournament which was founded in 1904 In 2003, Small won the Illinois PGA and Illinois Open titles, becoming the first golfer ever to win both tournaments in the same year. Small has played in 96 Nationwide Tour events finishing in the top 10 eight times.
His father, Bill Small, was captain of the 1963 Big Ten Champion Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team and earned All Big-Ten honors. The Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I College basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Small's brother, Andy, was a member of the 1990 Big Ten Champion Illinois baseball squad and won four varsity letters as an infielder.