May 4, 2014
Site: French Lick, Ind.
Course: Pete Dye Course, French Lick Resort (par 72, 7,152 yards)
Tournament: Big Ten Championships
U-M Team Standing: 12th Place of 12 Teams (303-317-311-295/1226)
Top U-M Individual: Brett McIntosh, tie-7th (71-77-74-77/299)
Next U-M Event: Monday, May 5 -- NCAA Selection Show (Golf Channel), 10 a.m.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team put together its best round of the weekend today (Sunday, May 4), tallying a team score of 295, but was unable to climb out of 12th place at the Big Ten Championships. The team's final round is the lowest posted by a U-M group in any of the last three seasons in which the conference championship has been played at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind.
Four of five Wolverines had their best round of the tournament on Sunday, led by a one-under 71 from sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), which matched his classmate Brett McIntosh's (London, Ontario/Saunders SS) opening-round score for the lowest number by any U-M player on the weekend. That score also marks a new career best at the Big Ten Championships for both players.
O'Neill played a very composed round that featured four birdies, more than his previous three rounds combined, and led him to a 304 total and a tie for 24th place. Meanwhile, McIntosh would finish in a tie for seventh with a 299 total, matching his weekend score from a year ago, when he tied for 15th at the event.
The field battled aggressively windy weather all weekend, but the final round saw calmer conditions at the French Lick Resort. As a result, high scores covered the board until today, when freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) was one of several Wolverines to seize an opportunity. He shaved two strokes off his third-round score to finish with a 306 total, good for a tie for 31st.
Junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) shot his best round of the weekend, shaving four strokes off his third round total, while sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) also put forth his best 18-hole effort today with a Big Ten Championships career-best 74. The pair was among several golfers tied for 55th place overall.
Michigan will find out if the program received a team or individual bid to an NCAA Regional on Monday (May 5) at the 10 a.m. selection show the Golf Channel.
Final Team Standings
1. Minnesota 295-300-301-290 = 1186 (+34) 2. Illinois 297-298-308-287 = 1190 3. Iowa 307-296-307-284 = 1194 4. Northwestern 301-301-305-297 = 1204 5. Purdue 298-296-309-302 = 1205 6. Ohio State 302-294-313-297 = 1206 7. Michigan State 303-307-303-299 = 1212 8. Indiana 301-305-313-296 = 1215 9. Penn State 307-300-315-299 = 1221 10. Wisconsin 311-302-312-297 = 1222 11. Nebraska 309-306-315-294 = 1224 12. MICHIGAN 303-317-311-295 = 1226
1. Charlie Danielson, Illinois 71-76-72-70 = 289 (+1) Jose Mendez, Minnesota 69-74-73-73 = 289 3. Jack Perry, Northwestern 73-75-73-73 = 294 Jon Trasamar, Minnesota 74-76-74-70 = 294 5. Steven Ihm, Iowa 78-71-76-70 = 295 6. Boo Timko, Ohio State 73-73-79-72 = 297 7. Brett McIntosh, U-M 71-77-74-77 = 299 Nicholas Grubnich, Indiana 76-79-74-70 = 299 Tee-k Kelly, Ohio State 75-71-78-75 = 299 Mitch Rutledge, Michigan State 76-72-75-76 = 299 Ian Vandersee, Iowa 78-74-76-71 = 299
T24. Chris O'Neill 76-76-81-71 = 304(+6) T31. Reed Hrynewich 75-79-77-75 = 306 T55. Noori Hyun 81-86-79-75 = 321 Andrew Yeager 81-85-81-74 = 321
N O T E S
Michigan's final-round 295 is the lowest team score out of 12 total rounds spanning the past three Big Ten Championships, all of which were held at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort.
The first and last-round scores of 71 posted by Brett McIntosh and Chris O'Neill, respectively, mark new career-best single-round scores for the pair, who have now competed in two conference championships apiece.
Andrew Yeager (74), Noori Hyun and Reed Hrynewich (75) each set Big Ten Championship personal bests in the weekend's final round on Sunday. For Hyun, the individual feat comes in his third showing at the conference championships, while Yeager and Hrynewich saw their first action in the event this weekend.
Chris O'Neill has now shot 12 of his 31 total rounds this season under par and leads U-M with 17 of his 31 (54.8 percent) rounds at or under par on the year. His 72.37 scoring average and 74.2 win percentage also lead the Maize and Blue*.
*These marks do not include this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the event as a whole, and the difficulties presented by the Pete Dye Course ... "We have three guys who have had experience playing here before and really, for the first three rounds the course is as hard as we've ever seen it because of the wind. It was blowing 30 or 40 miles per hour at times, which makes this course incredibly difficult but at the same time we just didn't compete like we wanted to, regardless of the conditions. I think we'll take that as some motivation going forward for sure."
On the mental toughness showed by this weekend's lineup ... "The guys all earned the right to be here. We do need experiences on championships setups like this, and we had some during the year, and I think the guys learned, but it takes a certain mentality and a player who is willing to expand his comfort zone sometimes and I hope that's something we learned from this week."
On Brett McIntosh's strong weekend and how he responds to big moments ... "Brett really put his game together here at the end of the season and he really was not feeling well health-wise this whole week, so for him to play as well as he did for the first three rounds was really incredible. Today, the course played the easiest of the four rounds and I think Brett had used up a lot of energy in the first three, but he still finished the round off well and I think the way he played the last two events should give him a lot of confidence."
On what he learned about this group from this weekend's showing ... "The guys were competitive for three rounds, and really it was the second round -- and even the first nine holes in the second round -- that put us so far behind the pack and we were just never able to make it up. The thing I'll take away from this season is the depth that we were able to establish through our whole team. Every single guy improved from the beginning of the year until the end, despite the results in this last event. They've all come a long way with their games and I'm already excited to see next year who's going to step up and go to the next level because every single guy is capable of competing at a high level and that's what we need going forward, stronger efforts from more people across the board."
Contact: Chad Shepard