Michigan Advances to Big Ten Match Play Semis
Brett McIntosh

Feb. 14, 2014

Site: Bradenton, Fla. (The Concession Golf Club)
Course: The Concession Golf Club (par 72, 7,145 yards)
Tournament: Big Ten Match Play Championship (Day 1 of 2)
Scores: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2; Michigan 3, Illinois 2
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Feb. 15 -- vs. Iowa (Bradenton, Fla.), 7:30 a.m.

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team opened its spring season with a 3-2 win over Michigan State in the first round today (Friday, Feb. 14) before defeating to top-seeded Illinois (3-2) in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concession Golf Club. The Wolverines will continue in the semifinals tomorrow morning (Saturday, Feb. 15), where they will face Iowa at 7:30 a.m.

In the team's first-round matchup, freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich. Mona/Shores HS) converted his birdie putt on the final green to clinch the match and send Michigan into the quarterfinals. Hrynewich jumped out to an early lead, winning each of the first four holes before clinching his victory on the 18th.

Sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) won eight of the first 10 holes on his way to earning a 5-and-4 win, while fellow sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) earned the other victory for Michigan, concluded by his birdie on 15.

Other first-round match scores included freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS) falling 4-and-3 to Gareth Blease and junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) losing by a 5-and-4 score to Gareth Lappin.

In the quarterfinal round, Michigan defeated first-seeded Illinois by a 3-2 score. U-M used a very balanced effort, as only McIntosh earned a win in both matches on the day. The sophomore birdied four of the last six he played to take home a 4-and-2 victory.

Swanson avenged his earlier defeat with a 2-and-1 win. After leading most of the match, Illinois' Jonathan Hauter battled back to square it up after 15. Swanson stormed back and clinched the match two holes later with a birdie on the penultimate hole, which was a long 560-yard par five.

Freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School), who was subbed in for the second match, never trailed as he won 4-and-2.

The other second-round matches included O'Neill falling on the final hole to Brian Campbell and Hrynewich dropping a 5-and-4 decision to Charlie Danielson.

The Big Ten Match Play Championship concludes Saturday (Feb. 15) with the championship and consolation brackets. Follow results live through the AJGA site.

Following are match-by-match results:

First Round -- No. 8 seed Michigan def. No. 9 seed Michigan State, 3-2
Friday, Feb. 14
No. 1 -- Chris O'Neill (U-M) def. Mitch Rutledge (MSU), 5-and-4
No. 2 -- Brett McIntosh (U-M) def. Carson Castellani (MSU), 4-and-3
No. 3 -- Reed Hrynewich (U-M) def. Charlie Netzel (MSU), 1-up
No. 4 -- Gareth Blease (MSU) def. Tom Swanson (U-M), 4-and-3
No. 5 -- Gareth Lappin (MSU) def. Noori Hyun (U-M), 5-and-4

Quarterfinal Round -- No. 8 seed Michigan def. No. 1 seed Illinois, 3-2
Friday, Feb. 14
No. 1 -- Brian Campbell (ILL) def. Chris O'Neill (U-M), 1-up
No. 2 -- Brett McIntosh (U-M) def. Thomas Detry (ILL), 4-and-2
No. 3 -- Charlie Danielson (ILL) def. Reed Hrynewich (U-M), 5-and-4
No. 4 -- Tom Swanson (U-M) def. Jonathan Hauter (ILL), 2-and-1
No. 5 -- Bryce Evon (U-M) def. Alex Burge (U-M), 4-and-2


Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On Reed Hrynewich's last hole victory in the opening round ... "Reed is a great putter and put in a lot of extra time over the off-season working to improve his overall game. I think he would say that good preparation is what gives you confidence. Like all of our guys, he wants to be in a position to win and come through in the clutch."

On winning two very close matches against tough opponents ... "Michigan State and Illinois both had multiple players really playing good golf and we were fortunate to win both matches. Our guys went into the event expecting to have tight matches and we've prepared for that all winter together as a group. We try to create competitive situations in practice and develop a mindset that looks forward to the opportunity to hit good shots in the clutch."

On what the team did well on day one and what they could have done better ... "The guys putted well and were pretty efficient around the greens, but I thought in some situations, we changed our plan too much based on what our opponents did. We need to play our own game and keep putting pressure on the course most importantly."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423