May 18, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Course: U-M Golf Course (par 71, 6,723 yards)
Tournament: NCAA Central Regional (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: No Team Score
Top U-M Individual: Matt Thompson, tie-12th (71-69/140, -2)
Final Round: Saturday, May 19 -- host NCAA Central Regional (U-M Golf Course), 9:30 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's golf senior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS) fired a second-round two-under 69 today (Friday, May 18), putting him tied for 12th with a two-under 140 total at the NCAA Central Regional being held at the U-M Golf Course.
Thompson trails N.C. State's Albin Choi and TCU's Julien Brun, who lead with seven-under 135 36-hole totals, and is currently four positions away from earning the individual invitation to the NCAA Finals. Thompson is five shots behind Choi, four shots back of Oklahoma State's Patrick Winther (136), two shots behind Xavier's Sebastian MacLean and one shot back of Notre Dame's Max Scodro.
Beginning the day off the back nine, Thompson birdied three of his first five holes. Opening with back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, Thompson bogeyed the par-3 12th hole to sit one under par after three. A third birdie on the par-3 14th and a fourth on the 18th hole helped him make the turn three under. On the front nine, Thompson posted eight pars and a bogey.
Overall, Thompson has posted 26 pars, six birdies and four bogeys during his 36 holes of play.
Using a U-M Golf Course men's collegiate record team tally of 12-under 272, USC took over the team lead with a seven-under 561 total, while the Oregon, Kent State and TCU are all tied for second at six-under 562. Virginia rounds out the top five at even-par 568.
The NCAA Central Regional will conclude with the final round on Saturday (May 19) with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thompson is scheduled to tee off at 9:40 a.m. off the 10th tee, paired Navy's Peter Reilly and Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen.
Team Standings (After Day 2 of 3)
1. USC 289-272 = 561 (-7) 2. Oregon 288-274 = 562 Kent State 286-276 = 562 TCU 278-284 = 562 5. Virginia 287-281 = 568 6. Notre Dame 291-278 = 569 7. N.C. State 290-282 = 572 8. Oklahoma State 290-283 = 573 9. Kennesaw State 287-290 = 577 10. Purdue 291-293 = 584 11. Baylor 296-297 = 593 12. Ohio State 305-297 = 602 13. Navy 322-306 = 628
1. Julien Brun, TCU 67-68 = 135 (-7) Albin Choi, N.C. State 69-66 = 135 3. Ben Kohles, Virginia 71-65 = 136 Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 71-65 = 136 Anthony Paolucci, USC 67-69 = 136 Patrick Winther, Oklahoma State 70-66 = 136 7. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier* 68-70 = 138 Jonathan Woo, Oregon 72-66 = 138 9. Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State 70-69 = 139 Thomas Mantovanini, TCU 70-69 = 139 Max Scodro, Notre Dame 70-69 = 139
T12. Matt Thompson, U-M 71-69 = 140 (-2)
Q U O T E S
U-M Senior Matt Thompson
On the second day of the NCAA Central Regional ... "After yesterday's round, Chris (Whitten) and I talked about what I needed to do. Today, I think I did exactly what we had discussed, but I had so many chances that just did not go in. I hit it better, putted better and got the most I could out of the round. I just missed a couple short ones and had a lot of 15 to 20 footers going over edges of the cup. So it would have been nice to get a few of those to go in, but with two under you can't be too disappointed."
On any changes in strategy for the final round ... "I don't think so. If I do the same things I did today, I could easily put a 64 or a 65 up on the board. I just have to go out and do it, make more putts and play my game."
R E G I O N A L
USC's 12-under 272 set the U-M Golf Course record for lowest men's collegiate round. The Trojans eclipsed the previous mark of 273 set by Minnesota tallied in the second round of the 1999 Wolverine Invitational (May 8-9).
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423