Kim Ties for Third, U-M Ties for 10th at NCAA Championships
Lion Kim

June 2, 2011

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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.

Final Standings

 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

Top Individuals

 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

• Previous Results: Day Two | Day One


• 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.


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