March 11, 2014
Site: Chula Vista, Calif.
Course: San Diego Country Club (par 72, 7,033 yards)
Tournament: Lamkin San Diego Classic
U-M Team Standing: 4th Place of 13 Teams (291-286-294/871)
Top U-M Individual: Chris O'Neill, tie-6th (69-74-71/214)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., April 5-6 -- at Aggie Invitational (Bryant, Texas)
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team boasted two top-10 individual finishes and four total players in the top 25 as part of a fourth-place team finish with an 871 team total at the Lamkin San Diego Classic today (Tuesday, March 11) at the San Diego Country Club.
The Maize and Blue was led by sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) and junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]), who tied for sixth and eighth place, respectively, behind totals of 214 (69-74-71) and 215 (74-70-71). For O'Neill, it marks his third top-10 finish of the season and the 12th time in 20 career events that he has finished as the top U-M player.
Michigan found itself in third place after 36 holes on the first day of action, but a six-over final round caused the squad to slip one place in the standings. As part of its team score, U-M shot six of the 15 total rounds under par and recorded 45 birdies and four eagles throughout the two-day, 54-hole event.
Finishing behind O'Neill and Hyun were sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), whose 222 total tied him for 25th place, and sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS), who tied with freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart) among others for 42nd place with a 228 total.
Competing individually, freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) earned the first top-20 finish of his career, tying for 13th place with a 218 total, while junior Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey SS) tied for 59thplace behind a 233 total.
The Wolverines have a short break before returning to action in Bryant, Texas, for the Aggie Invitational (April 5-6).
Final Team Standings
1. Southern California 286-286-280 = 852 (-12) 2. San Diego State 283-287-289 = 859 3. Wake Forest 292-286-284 = 862 4. MICHIGAN 291-286-294 = 871 5. San Diego 287-293-293 = 873 6. Oregon State 288-307-292 = 887 7. Notre Dame 297-293-300 = 890 8. Pepperdine 298-301-299 = 898 9. Utah 311-297-296 = 904 10. UC Irvine 293-314-298 = 905 11. Seattle 304-312-304 = 920 12. CSU-San Marcos 312-310-304 = 926 13. Saint Joseph's (Pa.) 325-320-318 = 963
1. Xander Schauffele, San Diego State 67-71-67 = 205 (-11) 2. Rico Hoey, Southern California 71-69-67 = 207 3. Danny Guise, Wake Forest 72-71-67 = 210 Taylor Schmidt, San Diego 71-69-70 = 210 5. Nahum Mendoza III, San Diego State 73-69-71 = 213 6. CHRIS O'NEILL, U-M 69-74-71 = 214 Eric Sugimoto, Southern California 70-74-70 = 214 8. NOORI HYUN, U-M 74-70-71 = 215 Jeffrey Kang, Southern California 71-73-71 = 215 Gunn Yang, San Diego State 70-74-71 = 215
Other Michigan Individuals
T13. Reed Hrynewich 71-70-77 = 218* (+2) T25. Andrew Yeager 75-71-76 = 222 T42. Brett McIntosh 73-79-76 = 228 Tom Swanson 78-71-79 = 228 T59. Bryce Evon 81-75-77 = 233* * playing as an individual
N O T E S
After competing in five events during the fall season, the Lamkin San Diego Classic marks the third of five regular-season spring events on U-M's schedule.
Chris O'Neill's tie for sixth place marks his third top-10 finish of the season, most among U-M players, and matches his total top-10 finishes from a year ago. He has shot nine of his 21 total rounds under par this season and has finished as the top Wolverine in 12 of his 20 career events.
Noori Hyun earned his first top-10 finish of the season and the third of his career by tying for eighth. Hyun was the top-finishing Wolverine last week at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25) for the first time since he led U-M to a first-place finish in the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12, 2013).
Today's finish marks the third time this season that two Wolverines have placed in the top 10 in one tournament and the first time since Chris O'Neill (first) and Brett McIntosh (tie, third) accomplished the feat at the Windon Memorial (Sept. 22-23).
Reed Hrynewich earned the first top-20 finish of his career with a tie for 13th place as an individual. He carded a 70 in the second round of play to set a new career-low 18-hole score after shooting a then-career-low 71 in the opening round. His 218 total also marks a 54-hole career-best.
Andrew Yeager made his fourth start of the season and first of the spring campaign, matching a career- and season-low 18-hole score with his second-round 71.
Tom Swanson made his third start of the season and matched his career 18-hole low with a 71 in the second round of play.
Bryce Evon competed as an individual for the first time this season after starting all seven previous events. In his first year, he is averaging 75.22 per round. He posted a career-best 68 en route to a new career-low 54-hole total of 217 at the Puerto Rico Classic.
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 20 consecutive events. The two were the only players to start all four matches for U-M in Big Ten Match Play Championship, where the team earned a perfect 4-0 record to win the event, and they are the only two Wolverines to start in all eight events so far this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the trip to California being during U-M's spring break and the course conditions ... "The trip was great. It was nice to have so many days in a row of quality work and I felt like the guys got better each day of the trip, which was the goal. Our preparation during the week really prepared us for the tournament and the conditions we saw pretty well. This course was very firm and fast on the greens, as fast as we've seen, so it was a challenge in that way."
On the advantages of playing 36 holes on the first day of a tournament ... "I like playing 36-hole days. Whether you play well or poorly in the first round, you want to go right back out and either continue the momentum or clean up what went wrong the first time around, and the guys played with really good energy on the first day. We were in position and being in the top three was where we wanted to be."
On the importance of momentum for the team heading into a three-week break from competition ... "We basically have a playoff mentality from this point going forward in the year because we're a little bit behind in the rankings from where we need to be, so the guys know that every event is really, really important from here on out. The next event at Texas A&M will be critical for us because the field is very strong."
On how U-M will use its lengthy gap between tournaments to improve as a team ... "First priority is to give the guys a little bit of rest. We've actually got some guys with a couple nagging injuries that we need to take care of. They played through it, which was good, but we'll probably take it easy for just a couple days and then we'll reassess and get back to it. It seems like the more rounds you play without practice days, everyone's swings get a little loose, so we'll tighten things back up before the next event for sure."
Contact: Chad Shepard (email@example.com)