University of Illinois golf coach and reigning PGA Professional National Champion Mike Small recently a signed a multi-year deal with Wilson Golf. Small is a three-time PGA Professional National Champion and eight-time winner of the Illinois PGA Championship.
Small joins fellow Chicagoan Kevin Streelman as Chicago-based Wilson Golf Staff Advisory Members. Other Wilson Staff Advisory Members include PGA TOUR star Ricky Barnes and three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington.
The terms of the multi-year contract ensures that Small will play Wilson Staff FG62 irons and FG Tour wedges, carry the distinctive red and white Wilson Staff bag and wear a Wilson Staff hat. Small’s professional preferences and discerning eye was involved in the development and creation of the FG62 irons.
“I have been truly privileged with success on the golf course as a professional golfer and with my student athletes at the University of Illinois,” said Small. “I look forward to playing the Wilson Staff FG brand and representing a Chicago-based company with such a great legacy and exciting future in the game.”
Mike Small has made his presence known in Illinois and the rest of the golf world since winning his first Illinois PGA Championship in 2001. He has gone on to win nine total Illinois PGA Championships, four Illinois Open Championships and three Professional PGA Championships.
In addition to his accomplishments on the golf course as a player, Small has been the head men’s golf coach at the University of Illinois since 2000. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 2001-02 season and again for the 2008-09 season. His team is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation in Golfweek’s national ranking.