June 2, 2011
Site: Stillwater, Okla.
Course: Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,416 yards)
Tournament: NCAA Championships, stroke play
U-M Standing: Tie-10th Place of 30 Teams (307-292-293/892)
Top U-M Individual: Lion Kim, tie-3rd (72-70-73/215, -1)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Senior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School) capped his final season as a Wolverine with a third-place, All-America finish today (Thursday, June 2) as the University of Michigan men's golf team tied for 10th at the NCAA Championships, two spots short of qualifying for the match play finals at the Karsten Creek Golf Club. U-M closed with a final-round 293 -- tying for the day's lowest team round along with Duke -- to complete the three-day event with an 892 (307-292-293), three shots shy of a top-eight qualifying spot.
Playing through Achilles tendonitis for the second straight week, Kim tallied a one-over 73 in today's final round for a 215 (72-70-73) total, four shots back of national champion John Peterson of LSU. Kim earns his second career All-America honor (2009) -- and the program's 13th -- to become just the fifth Wolverine to garner multiple All-America awards. Meanwhile, junior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) recorded eight birdies to fire a two-under, final-round 70, completing NCAAs in a tie for 20th with a four-over 220 (74-76-70) -- his eighth top-20 finish in 14 events this season.
Opening its second NCAA Championships appearance in the last three years with 307 on Tuesday (May 31), U-M was in a tie for 25th after 18 holes. Rebounding in Wednesday's (June 1) second round, the Maize and Blue used a two-under 70 from Kim and an even-par 72 from freshman Joey Garber (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey) to jump nine places into a tie for 16th going into the final round.
Thompson's two-under 70, Kim's 73, and sophomore Jack Schultz's (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay) second straight two-over 74 led a U-M final-round charge.
Leading all teams from today's morning wave, the Wolverines positioned themselves in 16th with the remaining 15 teams to play. Waiting nearly four hours, U-M slowly climbed the leaderboard looking to claim one of the top eight spots that would advance to the NCAA Match Play Finals. Unfortunately, U-M's rally fell short and its season ended just three shots away from advancing.
Garber closed his first NCAA Championships in a tie for 56th at 225 after rounds of 77, even-par 72 and 76, while Schultz rebounded from an opening 84 with back-to-back 74s to close tied for 106th at 232. Sophomore Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's) rounded out U-M's starters, tying for 151st with a 249 (86-87-76).
Michigan closes the 2010-11 campaign with seven top-five finishes in 14 events, including winning the 2011 NCAA Central Regional -- the first regional title in U-M history -- and winning the 2010 Windon Memorial Classic. The Wolverines' top-10 finish at the national championship event was the 14th in 22 finals appearances.
1. UCLA 286-288-298 = 872 (+8) 2. Georgia Tech 283-290-302 = 875 3. Oklahoma State 292-293-294 = 879 Illinois 291-287-301 = 879 5. Georgia 291-288-305 = 884 6. Ohio State 291-299-297 = 887 7. Augusta State 294-294-300 = 888 8. Duke 303-293-293 = 889 --- top eight advance to match play --- 9. Texas A&M 289-301-300 = 890 10. MICHIGAN 307-292-293 = 892 Iowa 304-292-296 = 892 12. USC 303-289-303 = 895 Texas 299-301-295 = 895 14. Alabama 288-292-316 = 896 15. Arkansas 296-298-303 = 897 16. San Diego 300-304-294 = 898 San Diego State 295-301-302 = 898 18. Arizona State 303-293-303 = 899 19. California 300-299-303 = 902 Kent State 304-302-296 = 902 21. LSU 306-294-305 = 905 22. Northwestern 306-296-304 = 906 23. Florida 300-299-309 = 908 24. Tennessee 308-299-303 = 910 25. Pepperdine 309-310-300 = 919 26. Kennesaw State 295-312-314 = 921 27. N.C. State 310-308-304 = 922 28. Oklahoma 313-304-313 = 930 29. Arizona 302-310-321 = 933 30. Colorado State 307-322-308 = 937
1. John Peterson, LSU 74-65-72 = 211 (-5) 2. Patrick Cantlay, UCLA 72-69-71 = 212 3. LION KIM, U-M 72-70-73 = 215 Cameron Peck, Texas A&M 68-74-73 = 215 Patrick Reed, Augusta State 69-75-71 = 215 J.J. Spaun, San Diego State 69-75-71 = 215 Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State 73-69-73 = 215 8. Michael Weaver, California 71-71-74 = 216 James White, Georgia Tech 67-73-76 = 216 10. Todd Baek, San Diego State 72-72-73 = 217 Austin Cook, Arkansas 70-74-73 = 217 Harris English, Georgia 70-71-76 = 217 13. Chris DeForest, Illinois 72-72-74 = 218 Luke Guthrie, Illinois 72-69-77 = 218 Brinson Paolini, Duke 72-72-74 = 218 Bank Vongvanij, Florida 74-73-71 = 218
Other Michigan Individuals
T20. Matt Thompson 74-76-70 = 220 T56. Joey Garber 77-72-76 = 225 T106. Jack Schultz 84-74-74 = 232 T151. Rahul Bakshi 86-87-76 = 249
Michigan made its second NCAA Championships appearance in the last three years. U-M closed the 2009 finals with a sixth-place team finish, advanced to match play, where the Wolverines earned a semifinal finish. Overall, it is the Wolverines 34th appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Lion Kim and Matt Thompson made their second NCAA Championships appearance. In 2009, Kim earned All-America honors, tying for 13th (214), while Thompson tied for 36th (219). In 2001, Kim again earned All-America honors, tying for third (215), while Thompson tied for 20th (220).
Michigan head coach Andrew Sapp made his 12th appearance in the NCAA Championships -- two with Michigan, five with Purdue (3 women, 2 men) and five with North Carolina.
With his tie for third individually, Lion Kim earned All-America honors for the second time in his career. He becomes the fifth Wolverine to earn the distinction twice in a career, joining Bill Newton (1965, '66), Randy Erskine (1968, '70), Tom McParlan (1974, '75) and Michael Harris (1998, 2000). Overall, U-M now has 13 All-America selections in program history.
Michigan bids farewell to two seniors -- All-Americans Lion Kim and Alexander Sitompul. Kim closed his career starting 51-of-52 events while averaging 73.26 per round, which ranks third all-time. Sitompul started 35-of-38 events and averaged 74.02 per round, which put him fourth all-time. Together, the duo helped U-M to four straight regional appearances,including a 2011 central regional title, two NCAA Championships appearances -- including a semifinalist finish in 2009.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Andrew Sapp
On the final day of the NCAA Championships ... "We did everything we could. The course and the conditions are really, really tough today. We just played awesome, just awesome. We did what we set out to do and that was to finish with the best score of the first wave. I am so proud of these guys. They just battled and played so well today."
On the wait during the afternoon wave of play to see if U-M would advance ... "Obviously we are disappointed we did not advance. We really fought the final two rounds to put ourselves in a position to sit on the final hole to see if we made it. It is painful to miss by a few shots rather than 20 but after being tied for 25th after the first day and to see us even have a chance to make match play, I could not be any more proud of the this team. They have a lot of heart."
On U-M not giving up for three days ... "After the first round, we could have packed up our tents and gone home; we did not do that. We fought tooth and nail for the last two days and really gave ourselves the best shot at advancing. For them to do that and not give up really shows the character of these young me. Lion (Kim) is probably in worse pain than last week and for him to gut it out again for this team and earn All-America honors, really says so much about that young man. Matt (Thompson) had a sensational final day with eight birdies and Jack (Schultz) made so many up and downs for par today to really help this team. Even Joey (Garber) and Rahul (Bakshi) really played with resiliency and fought back after slow starts today. I am just so proud of them."
On his early thoughts of the 2010-11 season ... "It was another good season for us. Winning the first ever NCAA Regional, playing well at the NCAA Finals and just missing match play you have to give these guys a lot of credit for their effort. It just goes to show you how good the level of golf is when you make it this far. With four of the five starters returning, they really gained some valuable experiences. Hopefully, it builds a hunger inside of them to want to get back here (NCAA Finals) next year and go even farther. I am just so proud of how hard this team worked and the effort they put in each and every day. We are looking forward to the future because it is bright."
On what Lion Kim has meant to the program ... "Lion has had an unbelievable career. He was a tremendous player. He was a tremendous leader. He was a tremendous representative of this university. He gave all he had for four years and it was my honor to have been a part of his golfing career. We will certainly miss him, but I know he has helped shape this program into what it is today. He will be remembered for a long time."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423