Mueller Ties for Eighth to Lead Wolverines in Regional Play

May 17, 2017

» Michigan closes out the 2016-17 season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Washington Regional in Sammamish, Washington, where the Maize and Blue shot a final-round 296, led by Kyle Mueller's one-under par 70.
» Mueller tied for eighth individually with rounds of 71, 71 and 70 for a 212, coming up just one shot shy of a playoff for the individual spot in the NCAA Finals.
» The Wolverines end the season with two team titles (Dayton Flyer Invitational and Desert Mountain Intercollegiate) and medalist honors in four tournaments.
» Bryce Evon, Tom Swanson and Reed Hrynewich played in their final season in the Maize and Blue. Evon tied for 34th in the regional, highlighted by an opening-round 69.

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Site: Sammamish, Wash.
Course: Aldarra Golf Club (par 71, 6,885 yards)
Tournament: NCAA Washington Regional (Day 3)
U-M Team Standing: 10th Place of 14 Teams (292-298-296/886)
Top U-M Individual: Kyle Mueller (71-71-70/212), tie-8th
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team closed out its 2016-17 season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Washington Regional Wednesday afternoon (May 17) at the Aldarra Golf Club. Junior Kyle Mueller led the Wolverines with a tie for eighth place individually, coming up just one shot short of advancing to the NCAA Finals.

"We had a much better start to the round today, making quite a few birdies in the first three holes, but we struggled to maintain it in the middle of the round," U-M head coach Chris Whitten said. "The guys played hard all week, and I'm proud of them."

Mueller posted a final-round, one-under par 70, which included birdies on 17, 2 and 6. He was one shot up on Texas A&M's Chandler Phillips after 16 holes, but back-to-back bogeys to close the round left him a shot short of going to a two-man playoff for the individual spot. It marks Mueller's second top-10 finish in an NCAA Regional, as he was runner-up as a freshman in the 2015 Washington Regional.

"Kyle was really in control of his game today and all week," Whitten said of his junior. "His decision making and energy level on the course is just perfect. He had a few bounces go his way in the middle of the round, but he did not get the breaks he needed on the last two holes. His last few events haven't been up to his own expectations, so it was good to see him end the season with a really strong event against a great field."

Sophomore Nick Carlson wrapped up his tournament with a final-round 74, tying him for 17th place. Carlson, who opened the tournament with a 68, birdied the par-5 11th hole and was neck and neck with Mueller for the majority of the front nine. Senior Bryce Evon, playing in his final tournament in the Maize and Blue, tied for 34th with rounds of 69, 76 and 77. Back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 highlighted the senior's final round. Tom Swanson, also playing his final round as a collegian, closed out the tournament with a 75, which included three birdies on the Aldarra Golf Club track.

USC won the team title by six shots over Kent State. Those two teams join Florida State, Alabama and Penn State in advancing to the NCAA Finals in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Penn State's Cole Miller won medalist honors, winning by three shots over three players.

The Wolverines won two team titles in 2016-17, the Dayton Flyer Invitational and their own Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. Mueller won individual titles at the Windon Memorial Classic and the Aggie Invitational, while Carlson picked up medalist honors at the Inverness Invitational. Carlson and junior Ian Kim shared medalist honors in Dayton, with Kim winning in a playoff.

Michigan returns five players on this year's roster for the 2017-18 season and adds three signees. U-M had three seniors on the squad -- Evon, Swanson and senior Reed Hrynewich.

"We came up short of our big goal for the season, but overall this was another step in the right direction," Whitten commented. "We won two events, had one of the best scoring averages in program history and return some really talented guys who are hungry for next year."

"Our seniors -- Bryce, Reed and Tom -- set a great example, solidified our team culture and rose the expectations of our program. We will miss them tremendously."

Final Team Standings

 1. USC               280-283-286=849 (-3)
 2. Kent State        287-282-286=855
 3. Florida State     278-288-296=862
    Alabama           283-297-282=862
 5. Penn State        290-288-285=863
 6. Texas A&M         287-296-284=867
 7. Washington        295-286-288=869
 8. San Diego State   290-294-298=882
 9. Texas El Paso     297-294-293=884
10. MICHIGAN          292-298-296=886
11. Michigan State    300-301-295=896
13. Seattle           305-297-294=897
12. Marquette         291-308-300=899
14. Bryant            313-326-311=950

Top Individuals

 1. Cole Miller, Penn State        69-69-68=206 (-7)
 2. Ian Holt, Kent State           73-69-67=209
    Sean Crocker, USC              64-74-71=209
    Justin Suh, USC                68-68-73=209
 5. Rico Hoey, USC                 70-70-70=210
    Harry Ellis, Florida State     73-66-71=210
 7. Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M   71-73-67=211
 8. KYLE MUELLER, U-M              71-71-70=212
    Lee Hodges, Alabama            71-73-68=212
    Ryan Davis, Penn State         75-69-68=212

Other Michigan Individuals

T17.  Nick Carlson   68-74-74=216 (+3)
T34.  Bryce Evon     69-76-77=222
 70.  Tom Swanson    84-77-75=236
 75.  Ian Kim        95-83-89=267

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