WMBD/WYZZ/WCIA-TV - EUREKA, Ill. - Trevor Gold is still more than a year away from teeing it up with the Illini, but he's already sporting the orange and blue.
After verbally committing to play for coach Mike Small last month, the Eureka High School senior proudly wore his block I hat at the Illinois State Amateur Tournament last week.
"Being able to wear the orange and blue is going to be really special and it's going to be a lot of fun," said Gold.
The lefty tied for 16th in the State Am at Cantigny Golf Club. His two-under-par 70 in the third round was a big reason he finished in the top 20.
Gold was playing in his first State AM but he's traveled the country this summer playing tournaments in Texas, Arizona, and Ohio.
"I'm practicing for long term, practicing for when I get to Illinois to be ready for college golf," said Gold. "So I try to play in as many big events as possible."
Gold used to play basketball and baseball but quit those sports to focus on golf. This fall he's gunning for a high school state title.
Gold has three state medals to his name after finishing second last year, but he has yet to capture a state championship.
"First off, you have to just get back there," explained Gold. "And then as soon as you get there it's whatever you got, so hopefully it's my best."
So far, his best is already better than most 17-year-olds.