O'Neill Posts Fifth-Place Finish at Windon Memorial Classic
Chris O'Neill

Sept. 24, 2012

Site: Skokie, Ill.
Course: Skokie Country Club (par 71, 7,086 yards)
Tournament: Windon Memorial Classic
U-M Standing: 9th Place of 15 Teams (305-307-304/916)
Top U-M Individual: Chris O'Neill, tie-5th (72-72-74/218)
Next U-M Event: Sun-Tue., Oct. 7-9 -- at Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic (South Bend, Ind.)

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Paced with a top-five finish from freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), the University of Michigan men's golf team closed with a 304 final round to post a 916 event total and finish ninth today (Monday, Sept. 24) at the Windon Memorial Classic held at the Skokie Country Club.

Playing their second event in five days, the Wolverines opened Sunday's (Sept. 23) opening round with a 305 after O'Neill's career-best one-over 72 put U-M in eighth. Beginning the second round, U-M was able to get through 13 holes, before play was suspended due to darkness. Coming back this morning, the Wolverines headed back out to and finished the second round with a 307 after O'Neill again highlighted the round with his second one-over 72.

With strong winds reaching up to gusts of 25 miles per hour in the final round, the field was re-seeded in a shotgun format. Using a three-over 74 from O'Neill and a 76 from senior captain Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School), U-M was one of four teams to finish with its best team total of the event closing with a 304 giving them a 916 total and a ninth-place finish for the second straight event.

Leading the Maize and Blue each round, O'Neill tied for fifth individually with a career-best 218 (72-72-74). His finish marked the second straight event a freshman has led the Wolverines. Senior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) tied for 46th with a season-best 231 (76-78-77) and Echavarria tied for 55th at 234 (77-81-76).

Other Wolverine starter finishes included sophomore Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) tying for 63rd at 238 (83-78-77) and freshman Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) tying for 73rd at 242 (80-79-83). Junior Matt Felsenfeld (West Bloomfield, Mich./Leadbetter Golf Academy [Fla.]) traveled as the individual and was 82nd at 255 (86-81-88).

Michigan will now take a few weekends off before heading back to competition Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 7-9, as the Wolverines head to South Bend, Ind., for Notre Dame's Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic at the Warren Golf Course.

Final Team Standings

 1. Ohio State         306-286-289 = 881
 2. Northwestern       292-291-299 = 882
 3. Coastal Carolina   294-290-300 = 884
 4. Michigan State     295-293-301 = 889
 5. Tennessee          298-293-299 = 890
    UC Davis           303-294-293 = 890
 7. Indiana            298-298-299 = 895
 8. Lamar              304-297-301 = 902
 9. MICHIGAN           305-307-304 = 916
10. Toledo             308-297-315 = 920
11. Marquette          308-307-306 = 921
12. Eastern Michigan   316-302-313 = 931
13. DePaul             308-301-323 = 932
14. Harvard            310-317-307 = 934
15. Florida Atlantic   328-310-320 = 958

Top Individuals

 1. John Callahan, Northwestern             69-74-69 = 212* (-1)
 2. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina           72-72-69 = 213
 3. Hugo Menendez, Indiana                  73-73-70 = 216
 4. Matthew Moseley, Michigan State         75-68-74 = 217
 5. CHRIS O'NEILL, U-M                      72-72-74 = 218
    Jack Perry, Northwestern                72-72-74 = 218
    Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina   71-73-74 = 218
 8. Matt Hansen, UC Davis                   73-73-73 = 219
    Nicholas Losole, Northwestern           70-73-76 = 219
    Max Rosenthal, Ohio State               77-72-70 = 219
    Chris Selfridge, Toledo                 75-73-71 = 219

Other Michigan Individuals

T46. Matt Alessi         76-78-77 = 231
T55. Miguel Echavarria   77-81-76 = 234
T63. Noori Hyun          83-78-77 = 238
T73. Brett McIntosh      80-79-83 = 242
 82. Matt Felsenfeld     86-81-88 = 255*
* played as individual


• Michigan opened the season playing two tournaments in a span of week of each other -- tying for ninth at the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 17-18) and finishing ninth at the Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 23-24).

• A freshman has led U-M in each of the first two tournaments of the season -- Brett McIntosh, tying for third at Inverness, and Chris O'Neill, tying for fifth at the Windon Memorial.

Chris O'Neill posted back-to-back career-best single-round totals of one-over 72, helping him to a career-best 218 54-hole event total.

Matt Alessi and Noori Hyun each tallied a season-best 54-hole tournament totals of 231 and 238, respectively.


Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On thoughts of the Windon Memorial Classic ... "The golf course played really well I thought. Actually, our first two tournaments -- at Inverness and here at Windon -- were really great courses in tough conditions. These two events are going to be good experiences that are going to help us later in the year. Especially for our new players because it is an introduction to what we need to be prepare for. The weather was really changing this week. The winds changed direction from the end of play yesterday and to how it was this morning. It was really, really different. The guys have and had to adjust and just really take what the course gave them."

On Chris O'Neill's performance and getting early contributions from the freshmen ... "It is awesome to get big contributions from guys immediately when they show up on campus. I am excited for them. Chris (O'Neill) and Brett (McIntosh) are both pretty experienced players. I am sure they are happy with the way they have played (over the last two events). Today, Chris was out there trying to win the golf tournament. He wasn't just enjoying the good shots. He was trying to take it as low as he could. They want to get better and that is what is going to push the other guys and team as a collective to get better each and every week."

On if playing tournaments so close to each other had any effect on the team ... "We are going to get prepared as well as we can whether it is a short layoff or a long layoff. I think the guys were eager to get back out there after Inverness. They wanted to improve on their ball striking. I would say across the board we did swing better this week, it was more the shots around the green that weren't as crisp as we needed. Now we have a longer preparation time for Notre Dame and I know each guy will have a very specific game plan of what he needs to do to get ready for that event."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423