April 13, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind.
Course: Indiana University Golf Course Club (par 71, 6,813 yards)
Tournament: NYX Hoosier Invitational
U-M Team Standing: 2nd Place of 18 Teams (283-284-298/865)
Top U-M Individual: Brett McIntosh, 1st (74-70-65/209) *Competed as individual
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., May 2-3 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.), time TBA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team took second place at the NYX Hoosier Invitational with an 865 team total today (Sunday, April 13), featuring four players among the field's top five finishers, with sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS) as the tournament's medalist competing as an individual, his first career win.
The Maize and Blue matched a tournament-best round of 283 in the opening 18 holes at the Indiana University Golf Course Club and followed that score up with a 284 to end Saturday's (April 12) day one tied with the host Hoosiers atop the leaderboard. Those two scores are two of U-M's three lowest this season.
U-M's five starters combined for 21 birdies and a pair of eagles on the front nine during the first two rounds, led by sophomore Chris O'Neill's (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) six, but a slow start took U-M out of contention on day two. The team was unable to battle the windy conditions to regain the lead, closing out the tournament with a 298 team score on Sunday to finish in second place.
With five starters and two individuals competing in the field, Wolverines were spread across the top of the standings, led by the effort of McIntosh, whose final-round, tournament-low 65 is the lowest 18-hole score by any Wolverine this season. McIntosh used a five-under front nine in today's final round, including an eagle on No. 9, to take the lead and shot par across the home stretch to win the event.
Also competing as an individual, sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./ Forest Hills Central HS) shaved three strokes off his previous career-best 18-hole and 54-hole scores with a 213 total and second-round 68 to tie for third place, his first career top-five finish.
O'Neill and freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) led the U-M starters with matching 214 totals in a tie for fifth. The 54-hole total was a career-best for Hrynewich, and the event marks his first top-five finish.
Rounding out the scoring for U-M, freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey SS) earned his first career top-20 finish with a tie for 19th behind a 220 total (73-71-76), while freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart) tied for 26th, one stroke behind Evon, and junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) tied for 31st, one stroke behind Swanson.
With the regular season concluded, U-M will use the next two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships, which will be held on Friday and Saturday (May 2-3) in French Lick, Ind.
Final Team Standings
1. Indiana 283-285-285 = 853 (+1) 2. MICHIGAN 283-284-298 = 865 3. Akron 299-283-285 = 867 4. Youngstown State 294-288-290 = 872 5. Xavier 295-289-293 = 877 6. Illinois State 300-293-289 = 882 7. Toledo 297-292-295 = 884 8. IUPUI 291-296-303 = 890 9. Evansville 296-291-305 = 892 10. Western Illinois 294-299-303 = 896 Butler 298-305-293 = 896 12. Oakland 293-301-305 = 899 13. IPFW 296-301-307 = 904 14. Ohio 301-303-305 = 909
1. BRETT McINTOSH, U-M 74-70-65 = 209* (-4) 2. David Mills, Indiana 70-70-71 = 211 3. Will Seger, Indiana 70-72-71 = 213 ANDREW YEAGER, U-M 74-68-71 = 213* 5. Nicholas Grubnich, Indiana 69-73-72 = 214 REED HRYNEWICH, U-M 68-70-76 = 214 CHRIS O'NEILL, U-M 71-70-73 = 214 8. Bill Gaffney, Youngstown State 77-69-69 = 215 9. Louis Birchall, Akron 72-73-71 = 216 Mark Foster, Oakland 71-71-74 = 216 Ryan Harris, Akron 77-69-70 = 216 Max Kollin, Indiana 75-70-71 = 216 Mark Olbrych, Youngstown State 72-70-74 = 216
Other Michigan Individuals
T19. Bryce Evon 73-71-76 = 220 T26. Tom Swanson 73-75-73 = 221 T31. Noori Hyun 71-73-78 = 222
N O T E S
U-M wrapped up up the regular-season schedule with the NYX Hoosier Invitational for the second straight year. This year's second-place finish bests the the team's 2013 result, when it finished third. Brett McIntosh has led the Wolverines at the event on both occasions. In two years at the tournament combined, Michigan has placed eight individuals among the field's top 20.
Michigan's 865 team total is its third-lowest 54-hole score this season; the team's 283 score in the first round and 284 in the second rank No. 2 and 3, respectively, on the list of U-M's lowest team rounds this season. Those scores are the two lowest for U-M as a team in two years at the NYX Hoosier Invitational.
Brett McIntosh's medalist finish as an individual marks his first win in 22 career events. The NYX Hoosier Invitational is the first event in McIntosh's career in which he was not in the U-M starting lineup, while Chris O'Neill has not missed a start at 22 consecutive events. Four other Wolverines have seven or more starts this season.
Brett McIntosh shot a tournament-low, career-low and U-M individual single-round low 65 in the final round to clinch the win and played a five-under front nine. His 209 total is also a career-best 54-hole score.
Andrew Yeager earned his first career top-five finish in 13 events by tying for third place, shooting a career-best 54-hole score of 213, thanks in part to a career-best 68 in round two while competing as an individual.
Chris O'Neill's fifth-place tie gives him three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes, which pass his marks in those categories from a season ago. He leads Michigan in both categories.
Chris O'Neill has shot 11 of his 27 total rounds under par this season and leads U-M with 16 of 27 total rounds at or under par (59.2 percent). His 72.50 scoring average* and 72.6 winning percentage* also pace the Maize and Blue. *Does not include NYX Hoosier Invitational
Reed Hrynewich has started seven of the last eight events in his first season. He earned his first career top-five finish Sunday by tying for fifth, using a career-best 68 in the opening round to finish with a career-best 54-hole total of 214. He has set new marks in those categories in two of the last three events.
Bryce Evon's 220 total earned him his first career top-20 finish (tie-19th); the event marked his eighth career start.
Tom Swanson made his fifth start in the last six events, matching a career-best 54-hole score with a 221 total.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the difference between yesterday's 36 holes and today's final round ... "That's just the game of golf sometimes. Yesterday, I actually thought we didn't hit the ball as well as we could have; we managed to make some scores out of it and make some timely birdies, but there were definitely things that needed to be cleaned up even yesterday and then today we weren't able to recover as often."
On seeing room for improvement after day one despite low scores ... "Yeah, you have to take each day as its own thing; the course can change, the conditions can change, the hole location, but we need to keep learning from mistakes as a group. We're still trying to find out our best approach to competitive golf and we are going to make mistakes, we are going to make bad swings, but we've got to be able to correct it the next time around and learn from it."
On the importance of having so many players fighting atop the leaderboard with Big Tens around the corner ... "The team is the most important thing to everybody, but for the team to finish high we've got to have individuals competing at a really high level and it's just great to see the depth with Brett and Andrew both playing really nice events. It helps everyone as a group for sure."
On the play of Brett McIntosh in his first career competition as an individual at U-M ... "Brett has been kind of searching for his game and not scoring as well as he knew he could have in the last couple of events and I knew it was trending better and then he really played well this week. I was really proud of him. I think all around, he made a lot of birdies, drove it well and made puts when he had to; he should be really happy with himself."
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