Mueller Leads Men's Golf to Best Big Ten Finish in Six Years
Men's Golfer O'Neill Named Finalist for Byron Nelson Award
Five Starters Under Par Give Men's Golf First-Day Lead in Desert
O'Neill Ties for Fourth at Patriot All-America Men's Golf Event
O'Neill, Mueller Invited to Play in Men's Patriot All-America Invitational
Junior (2014-15) ... Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA) Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar ... GCAA All-Academic Team member (Men's Golf) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M's Leaders of Distinction Honoree ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award ... PING Midwest All-District team ... Started all 12 events, one of two Wolverines to do so ... Played in all five fall and seven spring events ... Led U-M in four events ... Posted three top-20 finishes, two top-10 and one top-five ... Helped U-M to the team title at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-7) ... Helped U-M to runner-up finish at the Big Ten Match Play Championships (Feb. 14-15), finishing with a 2-1 record ... Helped U-M to runner-up finish at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate (March 6-7), finishing as the medalist runner-up ... Competed in third Big Ten Championships (April 24-26), finishing 17th with a 295 total ... Helped U-M return as a team to an NCAA regional for the first time in four years, finishing seventh just missing the NCAA Finals by nine shots ... Ended third season averaging 73.15 strokes per round ... Shot a career-best six-under 65 in the first round of the Wolverine Intercollegiate ... Shot 25-of-34 rounds at-or-below 75, including 12 at-or-below 72 and five under 70 ... Averaged 219.20 per 54-hole events ... Tallied a season-best 54-hole tournament total of 210 (72-72-66) at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate ... Tallied a career-best 72-hole tournament total of 295 (74-76-70-75) at the Big Ten Championships ... Hugh M. Wright Golf Scholarship.
Sophomore (2013-14) ... All-Big Ten, second team ... Ping Division I All-Midwest Region ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award ... University Honors Winter 2014 ...U-M's Bert Katzenmeyer Award for Lowest Scoring Average ... Recipient of Hugh M. Wright Golf Scholarship ... Three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week -- Sept. 25, Sept. 25 and Feb. 19 ... Started 12 tournaments, only Wolverine to do so ... Played in one extra event after earning invitation to NCAA Regional ... Played in all five fall and all seven spring events ... Led U-M at seven events ... Posted six top-20 finishes, four top-10 and three top-five ... Won first career event at the Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 22-23) with an eight-under 208 total ... Runner-up medalist at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 16-17) with a seven-under 206 total ... Helped U-M to its first ever Big Ten Match Play Championship after defeating Purdue in a tie-breaker, finishing with a 3-1 record ... Competed in second Big Ten Championships (May 2-4), tying for 24th with a 304 total ... Competed in first NCAA Regional (May 15-17), tying for 20th at 225 (77-71-77) ... Ended second season averaging 73.03 strokes per round ... Shot a season-best five-under 66 in the final round of the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 16-17) ... Shot 24-of-34 rounds at-or-below 75, including 19 at-or-below 72 and five under 70 ... Averaged 217.11 per 54-hole event ... Tallied a career-best 54-hole tournament total of 206 (69-71-66) at the Wolverine Intercollegiate ... Tallied a season-best 72-hole tournament total of 304 (76-76-81-71) at the Big Ten Championships.
Freshman (2012-13) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award ... Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Oct. 17) ...U-M's Bert Katzenmeyer Award for Lowest Scoring Average ... Started all 12 tournaments, one of three Wolverines to do so ... Played in five fall and all seven spring events ... Made collegiate debut and first career start at the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 17-18), finishing 51st ... Led U-M at five events ... Posted six top-20 finishes, with three top-10 and two top-5 ... Posted a season-best third place finish at the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12) ... Competed in first Big Ten Championships (April 26-28), tying for 13th with a 297 total ... Competed in first Big Ten Match Play Championship (Feb. 8-9), finishing with a 2-2 record ... Helped U-M to the team title at the Detroit Golf Club Invitational ... Posted an 0-3 match play record at the Stanford Classic (Oct. 29-30) ... Ended first season averaging 73.96 strokes per round, becoming the freshman to lead U-M in season scoring average ... Shot a season-best five-under 67 in the second round of the Detroit Golf Club Invitational ... Shot 20-of-28 rounds at-or-below 75 , including two sub-70 rounds ... Averaged 223.29 per 54-hole event ... Tallied a career-best 18-hole tournament total of two-under 70 at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate (March 24-26), which was shortened due to weather ... Tallied a career-best 36-hole tournament total of 141 (74-67) at the Detroit Golf Club Invitational ... Tallied a season-best 54-hole tournament total of 210 (69-70-71) at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Oct. 15-16) ... Tallied a season-best 72-hole tournament total of 297 (72-73-76-76) at the Big Ten Championships.
Prep ... Deep Run High School (2012) ... Four-year varsity letter winner (2008, '09, '10, '11) ... No. 1 ranked player in class of 2012 in Virginia according to the National Junior Golf Scoreboard.com ... Two-time Richmond Times Dispatch Player of the Year (2009, '10) ... Four-time Richmond Times Dispatch First Team, All Metro (2008, '09, '10, '11) ... Four-time Colonial District All-District (2008, '09, '10, '11) ... Four-time Central Region All-Region (2008, '09, '10, '11) ... Two-time Virginia High School League AAA All-State (2010, '11) ... Four-time Virginia High School League AAA All-Academic ... Three-time Deep Run High School MVP (2009, '10, '11) ... Held a four-year high school career average of 72.9 per 18 hole/36.25 per nine holes ... Averaged 69.9/35.0 in 2011, 70/36 in 2010, 74.8/36.6 in 2009 and 77.2/37.4 in 2008 ... Junior Golf: Fourth place finish in 2011 Western Junior (72-71-76-71/290) ... Finished 12th at 2011 Players Junior Championship, TPC Sawgrass (76-70-76/222) ... Three top-10 AJGA finishes in 2010 AJGA Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier (71-71-73/215 4th), 2010 AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior (69-72-69/210, 6th) and 2010 AJGA McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends (73-72-73/218, 10th) ... Medalist at 2010 Junior PGA Championship Qualifier at Laurel Hills (68-72/140) ... Medalist runner-up at 2010 PGA Junior Series at Penn State (73-73-70/216).
Personal ... Given Name Christopher James O'Neill ... Son of Leigh and Jim O'Neill ... Born June 21, 1993 in Reno, Nev. ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... Psychology major.
What is in O'Neill's Bag? ... Driver: Ping i15 ... Woods: Ping G10 ... Irons: Ping i57 ... Wedges: Titleist ... Putter: TaylorMade Ghost ... Ball: Pro V1x ... Glove: FootJoy ... Favorite Club: 60-degree wedge ... Favorite Course: The Dominion Club (Glen Allen, Va.) ... Best Career Round: 64 ... Superstitions: Using the same side of a coin (marker), if putting well.