April 6, 2014
Site: Bryan, Texas
Course: Traditions Club (par 72, 7,146 yards)
Tournament: Aggie Invitational
U-M Team Standing: Tie-9th Place of 12 Teams (316-303-307/926)
Top U-M Individual: Noori Hyun, tie-19th (74-76-76/226)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., April 12-13 -- at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.), 8 a.m.
Bryan, Texas -- The University of Michigan men's golf team featured two top-25 finishers as part of a tie for ninth place with a 926 team total at the Aggie Invitational today (Sunday, April 6) at the Traditions Club.
U-M was led by junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]), who finished as the top Wolverine for the second time this season, with a 226 total, tying for 19th place. Right behind Hyun was sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), who used a one-under 71 in his final round to jump more than 20 spots up the leaderboard, landing in a tie for 21st with a 227 total -- just one stroke behind his teammate.
Michigan found itself in 11th place after 36 holes on the first day of action (Saturday, April 5), but its final-day tally of 307 was among the day's best scores and proved good enough to vault the Maize and Blue into a tie for ninth. O'Neill led the team with five birdies on the last 18 holes as part of his final-round charge.
Finishing behind Hyun and O'Neill were freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart), whose 237 total earned him a tie for 48th place, and sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS), who tied for 56th with a 241 total . Freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) rounded out the scoring with a 244 total to finish 63rd.
The Wolverines will have a short turnaround before ending their regular season next weekend in Bloomington, Ind., with the NYX Hoosier lnvitational (Sat-Sun., April 12-13).
Final Team Standings
1. LSU 298-293-308 = 899 (+35) Texas A&M 297-295-307 = 899 3. Texas Tech 302-295-306 = 903 4. California 302-302-302 = 906* Oklahoma State 300-298-308 = 906 6. Arkansas 305-301-301 = 907 7. Kent State 305-297-308 = 910 San Diego State 305-298-307 = 910 9. New Mexico State 321-296-309 = 926 MICHIGAN 316-303-307 = 926 11. North Texas 304-313-321 = 938 12. Pacific 328-299-321 = 948
* Scoring change ruled Keelan Kilpatrick's second-round seven on No. 15 changed to a six, changing Cal's team score on round two from 303 to 302.
1. Brandon Hagy, California 71-71-71 = 212 (-4) 2. Greg Yates, Texas A&M 74-72-69 = 215 3. Clement Sordet, Texas Tech 74-70-73 = 217 4. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M 71-72-76 = 219 5. Xander Schauffele, San Diego State 76-71-74 = 221 6. Taylor Moore, Arkansas 75-73-74 = 222 Wyndham Clark, Oklahoma State 74-73-75 = 222 8. Shotaro Ban, California 71-75-77 = 223 Curtis Thompson, LSU 75-74-74 = 223
T19. Noori Hyun 74-76-76 = 226 T21. Chris O'Neill 82-74-71 = 227 T48. Tom Swanson 80-75-82 = 237 T56. Brett McIntosh 83-78-80 = 241 63. Reed Hrynewich 80-84-80 = 244
N O T E S
After competing in five events during the fall season, the Aggie Invitational marked the fourth of five regular-season events for the Maize and Blue. U-M made its first appearance at the Texas A&M event this weekend.
Noori Hyun earned his third top-20 finish of the season and was the top-finishing Wolverine for the second time in the last three U-M events. He tied for 12th at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25), his first time pacing the Wolverines since he led them to a first-place finish in the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12, 2013).
Chris O'Neill has shot 10 of his 24 total rounds under par this season and leads U-M with 14 of 24 total rounds at or under par (58.3 percent).
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 21 consecutive events. The two were the only players to start all four matches for U-M in the 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 nine events so far this season. Five other Wolverines have at least four starts.
Reed Hrynewich has started six of the last seven events in his first season in Ann Arbor. He earned the first top-20 finish of his career with a tie for 13th place as an individual in the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11).
Tom Swanson made his third start in the last four events by competing in the Aggie Invitational. Swanson made his collegiate debut at the AutoTrader.com Classic (Oct. 14-15) as an individual after missing the first three events due to injury. He closed his first college event with a career-best, one-under 71 in the final round, a mark he matched with his second-round score at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On how the course played and how it was affected by today's rain delays... "This was a new course for us. We had never played at Texas A&M before and I knew from other coaches that it really played tough. Looking at the scores from last year, the scores were a lot lower than they were from this year and a lot of that is just conditions based on the weather they've had and that sort of thing. It was a really strong test and there were definitely some things that we needed to be better prepared for. I thought the guys adjusted as the event went on. Really, it was the first nine holes of the event that put us from behind from the very beginning and since that time the guys competed. We're going to learn from it; I think the Big Ten Championship is going to feel very similar in a couple weeks."
On whether the team's three-week break before the Aggie Invitational contributed to its slow start ... "No, I think the way the schedule was set up was fine. Sometimes in golf there really isn't a good explanation for (a slow start) and on a course that's that difficult, one or two bad swings can be penalized a lot and that's all that really happened. The schedule was fine, we just happened to get off to a slow start, multiple guys all at kind of the same time."
On the stabilizing and consistent play of Chris O'Neill and Noori Hyun ... "Noori has been a huge key for us all spring. He has just been like a rock and it's a testament to all of his hard work that he's improved as much as he has; he keeps doing it over and over. Chris always expects to compete for individual medalist honors. He struggled -- like we did as a team -- in the first round, for sure, but to see him improve as the tournament went on and to finish like he did says a lot about his attitude and the way he was able to grind it out was great."
On what the focus of the team will be with a short turnaround before next week's NYX Hoosier Invitational ... "We've got to get focused on scoring, right away. We've got to clean up a couple things technically, but I'm sure the guys should be excited to go right back out and shoot some low numbers right away. In the Hoover Invitational we need a birdie mindset, as opposed to a par mindset, which is kind of what we were in this week on such a hard course, so just a quick scoring adjustment and we'll be ready."
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