Feb. 25, 2014
Site: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Course: River Course at Rio Mar Country Club (par 72, 6,945 yards)
Tournament: Puerto Rico Classic
U-M Team Finish: Tie-6th Place of 15 Teams (285-294-280/859)
Top U-M Individual: Noori Hyun, tie-12th (71-70-69/210)
Next U-M Event: Mon-Tue., March 10-11 -- at San Diego Intercollegiate Classic (San Diego, Calif.)
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Behind three individuals who ended the final day under par, the University of Michigan men's golf team posted a final-round eight-under score of 280 today (Tuesday, Feb. 25) to tie for sixth place in the Puerto Rico Classic with a five-under 859 event total. The tie for sixth matches the Wolverines' best finish in the tournament held at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course.
After a strong three-under total of 285 left U-M in fifth place at the end of day one, the Maize and Blue slipped to ninth after the second round of play before dropping eight strokes on the final day to climb into a tie for sixth with No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 38 Purdue. The Wolverines' third- and first-round scores of 280 and 285, respectively, mark the top two scores ever posted by a Michigan team in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) finished tops among Wolverines for the first time this season, tying for 12th place with a six-under total of 210 (71-70-69), a new career-best 54-hole score. Hyun picked up seven of his 11 total birdies on the back nine over the three-day tournament; he birdied the par-four 13th twice and eagled it once.
Sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS) finished tied for 30th place with an even 216 total (69-76-71), and junior Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey SS) tied for 35th behind a career-best 217 score (73-76-68), including an 18-hole low of 68 in the third round that helped lead the Wolverine charge on day three in Rio Grande.
Sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) tied for 38th place with a 218 total (74-72-72) and shot even par in his final two rounds to steady U-M. Freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) was disqualified following the second day of play after signing an incorrect scorecard, but he was still contributed to the team total with his career-best, even-par 72 on day one.
The Maize and Blue will travel to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic next week (Monday and Tuesday, March 10-11).
1. Alabama 273-272-274 = 819 (-45)
2. Georgia Tech 278-277-268 = 823
3. Georgia 278-281-276 = 835
4. Clemson 287-276-284 = 847
5. Virginia Tech 289-284-282 = 855
6. MICHIGAN 285-294-280 = 859
Oklahoma 295-282-282 = 859
Purdue 281-290-288 = 859
9. Missouri 292-286-290 = 868
SMU 290-296-282 = 868
ETSU 298-283-287 = 868
UNCG 296-285-287 = 868
13. Northwestern 292-301-282 = 875
14. North Carolina 295-301-294 = 890
15. North Carolina State 296-293-308 = 897
1. Miller Capps, Clemson 70-67-67 = 204 (-12)
Robby Shelton, Alabama 67-64-73 = 204
3. Bo Andrews, Georgia Tech 68-69-68 = 205
Joey Garber, Georgia 67-68-70 = 205
Adam Schenk, Purdue 66-68-71 = 205
6. Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech 71-66-70 = 207
Greyson Sigg, Georgia 70-69-68 = 207
8. Trey Mullinax, Alabama 69-69-70 = 208
Cory Whitsett, Alabama 67-73-68 = 208
10. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech 70-69-70 = 209
Bobby Wyatt, Alabama 74-66-69 = 209
T12. Noori Hyun 71-70-69 = 210
T30. Brett McIntosh 69-76-71 = 216
T35. Bryce Evon 73-76-68 = 217
T38. Chris O'Neill 74-72-72 = 218
-- Reed Hrynewich 72-DQ-78*
* Disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard
N O T E S
Michigan made its 12th straight appearance in the Puerto Rico Classic and finished tied for sixth, matching their best-ever finish in the tournament (2008).
The Wolverines' total score of 859 is the lowest ever posted by a U-M team at the Puerto Rico Classic. It was helped by the two lowest single-round scores in Michigan's history at the tournament (280 in third round, 285 in first round).
The Puerto Rico Classic marks U-M's first stroke-play event since late October at The Invitational at the Ocean Course. The Wolverines started the spring season by winning their first Big Ten Match Play championship last weekend.
Noori Hyun was the top-finishing Wolverine for the first time since he led U-M to a first-place finish in the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12, 2013).
Noori Hyun's total tournament score of 210 and Bryce Evon's score of 217 are both career bests over 54 holes.
Reed Hrynewich's first-round 72 and Bryce Evon's third-round 73 are career-low 18-hole scores, while Noori Hyun's third-round score of 69 marks a season low.
Chris O'Neill, Brett McIntosh and Bryce Evon have started all seven events so far this season, while Reed Hrynewich has made five starts.
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have each played in 19 consecutive events, starting every match during their careers.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On getting back into the rhythm of stroke play ... "I think we're most comfortable in stroke play. Match play is really fun, but this is what the guys are most used to, and in a way it gives us a better sign of where we really are with our team. Overall, we had a pretty good week, I thought, but we've got to keep getting better, for sure."
On matching the best finish by a U-M team at the Classic and what that says about this team ... "We've got depth now, and I think we've got a lot of different guys who are very capable of contributing really good golf and good scores. We've got to just keep pushing one another and keep trying to get better."
On what he learned about his young players ... "These guys are competitors. It's exciting for the future. We're going to keep getting better, but I know that these guys want to compete and win tournaments right now. It was a good showing, but I know that they're still looking at the teams at the top of the leaderboard and they know that that's where we want to be so there's still work to be done."
On what the team can take from this weekend moving forward ... "The conditions here are unlike any other conditions that we play in. The greens are very slow and the course was in better condition than it has been in the past, but it's always unique. Now we just have to recalibrate ourselves because in our next event we're going to go from the slowest greens we play all year maybe to the fastest greens we play all year, so we have to adjust and be ready to make changes on the fly."
Contact: Chad Shepard, Tom Wywrot