Sept. 17, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Course: U-M Golf Course (par 71, 6,704 yards)
Tournament: Wolverine Intercollegiate
U-M Team Standing: 3rd Place of 11 Teams (288-285-283/856)
Top U-M Individual: Chris O'Neill, 2nd (69-71-66/206, -7)
Next U-M Event: Sun-Mon., Sept. 22-23 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Lake Forest, Ill.), 9 a.m. CT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) posted a career-best medalist runner-up finish, while the University of Michigan men's golf team opened its 2013-14 season with a third-place showing, tallying a 856 total at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, which wrapped up today (Tuesday, Sept. 17) at the U-M Golf Course.
In a back-and-forth final round, O'Neill helped keep the Wolverines' chances for a team title alive, firing a career-best five-under 66, while classmates Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) and Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) each carded even par 71s, as U-M posted a one-under and tournament team-best 283.
First-day leader Michigan State tallied a closing four-under 280 to claim the team title with a one-under 851 (294-277-280). Lamar also finished with a four-under 280 but was two shots back of MSU to finish as the runner-up at 853 (285-288-280).
O'Neill closed as the top-finishing Wolverine for the seventh time in 13 career events as he posted a career-best seven-under 206. He opened with rounds of two-under 69 and even-par 71 and trailed first-day leader Cody Blick of San Jose State by eight shots. After Blick closed with an even-par 71, O'Neill missed medalist honors by three shots, as Blick completed play at 10-under 203 (68-64-71).
McIntosh sandwiched rounds of 71 around his one-under 70 in the second round to close with his fifth career top-10 finish, tying for sixth at one-under 212. Yeager fired a career-best 54-hole total by 16 shots, finishing with a three-over 216 and helping him tie for 16th.
In their collegiate debuts, freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School) tied for 37th at 222 (75-72-75), and freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) was 56th at 238 (80-78-80). Junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) played as an individual and tied for 37th at 222 (71-75-76).
The Wolverines will waste little time away from competition as they leave for Lake Forest, Ill., this weekend for Northwestern's Windon Memorial Classic. The 54-hole event will be played Sunday and Monday, Sept. 22-23, at the Knollwood Club and feature six Big Ten teams in the 16-member field.
Final Team Standings
1. Michigan State 294-277-280 = 851 (-1) 2. Lamar 285-288-280 = 853 3. MICHIGAN 288-285-283 = 856 4. Xavier 292-288-280 = 860 5. Eastern Michigan 297-284-282 = 863 6. Penn State 291-284-289 = 864 7. San Jose State 292-292-286 = 870 8. Miami (Ohio) 292-284-295 = 871 9. Toledo 304-295-280 = 879 10. Detroit 305-297-294 = 896 11. Oakland 301-309-291 = 901
1. Cody Blick, San Jose State 68-64-71 = 203 (-10) 2. CHRIS O'NEILL, U-M 69-71-66 = 206 3. Stephane Dubois, Lamar 69-74-67 = 210 Mitch Rutledge, Michigan State 70-66-74 = 210 5. Stuart Grehan, Eastern Michigan 75-69-67 = 211 6. BRETT MCINTOSH, U-M 71-70-71 = 212 Korey Ward, Xavier 71-70-71 = 212 8. Jens Talbert, Penn State 73-68-72 = 213
Other Michigan Individuals
T16. Andrew Yeager 73-72-71 = 216 T37. Bryce Evon 75-72-75 = 222 56. Reed Hrynewich 80-78-80 = 238 T37. Noori Hyun 71-75-76 = 222* * played as individual
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423