Sept. 16, 2013
N O T E S
Michigan's starting lineup consisted of three sophomores and two freshmen.
Bryce Evon and Reed Hrynewich made their collegiate debuts and starting their first event. Tom Swanson did not participate as he continues to rest from a summer injury.
Today's round was played on Brett McIntosh's 19th birthday.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On his assessment of the team's first day of play ... "I think most of the guys would say they played a little better than what the scores reflected, but we have to go make the score. Tomorrow, we have a chance to go play in the last group, which is where we want to be -- now we have to go execute."
On aspects he was pleased with today ... "I'd say the rough is a little longer than it has been the last couple weeks; the greens are a little faster, but the guys overall adjusted well, and I thought the putting game was something we really handled well today. If we can get a couple more birdie looks, I like the guys' chance to convert on those."
On the keys to the team's success tomorrow ... "We have to play the golf course the right way. We can't get caught up in what the competition is doing. We can only control what we can control, so we need to hit the right shot at the right time and when the chance is there, we have to make them when it's time to make them."
U-M Sophomore Brett McIntosh
On his play today ... "This morning especially, the wind really picked up on us, and it was all about staying in it knowing that there are going to be a couple bad shots that the wind is going to take. It's how you come back from those -- it's the most important thing. Early on in the round I made a couple bogies, but bounced right back with birdies right after, so that was the important thing. I just stayed in it the whole day, knowing that the wind was going to get to everyone. I knew I was hitting it well and that they were going to fall at some point."
On the keys to maintaining the team's success from the first day ... "I think just play our own game. Chris (O'Neill) and I, especially, know this course really well. The freshmen are still learning it, but in this first two weeks, they've learned a lot. We're out here to help them as much as we can. There are a few things out here that we have the advantage on knowing the course. We need to take advantage of those, and I feel that if we play our game, the guys we have are going to be good."
U-M Sophomore Chris O'Neill
On his play today ... "It was a fairly good putting day today, but the rest of the game wasn't really there. I got away with a lot of shots today and probably scored better than what I played. Hopefully, it gets better tomorrow."
On helping this young team stay focused for tomorrow's final round ... "We're right there. It's our home course -- we know it. Honestly, I think we left so much out there today. I know all the guys, myself included, can play better than that. If we dial it up tomorrow, we'll put ourselves in the right position."