May 2, 2014
Site: French Lick, Ind.
Course: Pete Dye Course, French Lick Resort (par 72, 7,152 yards)
Tournament: Big Ten Championships (Day 1)
U-M Team Standing: 12th Place of 12 Teams (303-317/620) after Day 1
Top U-M Individual: Brett McIntosh, tie-8th (71-77/148)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 3 -- at Big Ten Championships Day 2 (French Lick, Ind.), 9 a.m.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team began the first of three days at the Big Ten Championships with a strong 303 team score in the day's opening round on Friday (May 2) but struggled at the start of the second round, ending with a 317 to sit in 12th place after 36 holes at the Pete Dye Course.
In the opening round, sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS) birdied three of his final 10 holes without any bogeys to lead U-M, finishing with a Big Ten Championship career-best 71, which tied for the second-lowest score of the day by any player in the field. His one-under round is the best by a Wolverine in the conference postseason tournament since former Wolverine Matt Thompson fired a two-under 70 in the third round of the 2012 event.
Led by McIntosh and another pair of Wolverines in the top 20, U-M found itself in a tie for seventh as the squad teed off for the day's second 18 holes.
The second round of the tournament saw sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) at even par as he turned the corner, correcting a bogey on No. 17 with a birdie on No. 18, but elsewhere on the Maize and Blue scorecard, bigger numbers took their toll.
McIntosh sunk an eagle on the 626-yard par-five No. 18, but a closing stretch of four pars from O'Neill and a late birdie from McIntosh were not enough to pull U-M out of 12th place, though just 10 shots separate Michigan from a tie for ninth.
McIntosh's 148 score places him in a tie for eighth place, while O'Neill's 152 total has him in a tie for 22nd heading into Saturday (May 3). Freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) finished the day with a 159 total in his first postseason appearance and is tied for 34th place, while sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) and junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) are separated by only one stroke in 59th and 60th, respectively.
Michigan will begin round three with tee times between 9 and 9:32 a.m. tomorrow morning off No. 10, players ordered 5-1.
Team Standings (After Day 1)
1. Purdue 298-296 = 594 (+18)
2. Illinois 297-298 = 595
Minnesota 295-300 = 595
4. Ohio State 302-294 = 596
5. Northwestern 301-301 = 602
6. Iowa 307-296 = 603
7. Indiana 301-305 = 606
8. Penn State 307-300 = 607
9. Michigan State 303-307 = 610
10. Wisconsin 311-302 = 613
11. Nebraska 309-306 = 615
12. MICHIGAN 303-317 = 620
1. Jose Mendez, Minnesota 69-74 = 143 (-1)
2. Philippe Schweizer, Purdue 72-72 = 144
3. Brian Campbell, Illinois 72-73 = 145
4. Tee-k Kelly, Ohio State 75-71 = 146
Boo Timko, Ohio State 73-73 = 146
Andrew Whalen, Northwestern 74-72 = 146
7. Charlie Danielson, Illinois 71-76 = 147
8. BRETT McINTOSH, U-M 71-77 = 148
Enzo Perez, Purdue 72-76 = 148
Jack Perry, Northwestern 73-75 = 148
Mitch Rutledge, Michigan State 76-72 = 148
Other Michigan Individuals
T22. Chris O'Neill 76-76 = 152 (+8)
T34. Reed Hrynewich 75-79 = 154
59. Andrew Yeager 81-85 = 166
60. Noori Hyun 81-86 = 167
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