Lion Kim won his first collegiate event.
Sept. 27, 2010
Site: Glenview, Ill.
Course: North Shore Country Club (par 71, 7,067 yards)
Tournament: Windon Memorial Classic
U-M Standing: 1st Place of 17 Teams (285-287-282/854)
Top U-M Individual: Lion Kim, 1st (69-71-67/207, -6)
Next U-M Event: Sun-Mon., Oct. 10-11 -- at Rod Myers Invitational (Durham, N.C.)
GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Senior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School) sank a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and a 45-foot par putt on the 18th hole to win his first career tournament title and give the University of Michigan men's golf team a one-shot victory over Ohio State today (Monday, Sept. 27) at the Windon Memorial Classic at North Shore Country Club. On the strength of Kim's six-under 207, the Wolverines finished the three-round event with a two-over 854, one shot ahead of the runner-up Buckeyes and two shots in front of third-place California.
After posting team rounds of 285 and 287 yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 26), U-M carried a two-shot lead into the final round. Paired with California and Tulsa Monday, the Wolverines dropped to as low as fourth on the front side, with Kim being the only player to finish below par at three under. As a result, U-M fell behind Ohio State, which posted a nine-under 275 to move into the top spot with nine holes remaining.
The Wolverines then overtook the Buckeyes on the back nine thanks to four players shooting under par, giving the Maize and Blue a one-shot lead heading into the final two holes.
With Ohio State in the clubhouse, Kim drained a 25-foot birdie on 17 to keep U-M one shot up going into the final hole. After pulling his drive, Kim punched out and landed his third shot to the middle of the green 45 feet from the hole. Kim sunk the long, left-to-right putt, allowing U-M to hold on and claim the team title. The Wolverines closed with a two-under 282 team total in the final round.
Like the team race, the individual battle also turned into a U-M/OSU showdown, with Kim holding off Bo Hoag, who shot a seven-under 64 in the final round to finish the event with a four-under 209. Kim opened with rounds of two-under 69 and even-par 71 to hold a two-shot tournament lead after 36 holes. Responding early in the final round, Kim carded three straight birdies to maintain his lead. He then birdied three of his final five holes to fend off Hoag's late rally and win by two shots, tying a career-best 54-hole total with his 207.
The Wolverines placed four total players among the top 20. Sophomore Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS) and freshman Joey Garber (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey) mirrored each other's play as both tied for 14th with matching 216s (72-72-72).
Junior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS) posted a 71 in the final round to tie for 19th with a 217, while senior Alexander Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]) closed out the starters in 54th at 225. Sophomore Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) traveled as the individual and tied for 76th at 231.
The Wolverines will take a weekend off of competition before heading down to Durham, N.C., Sunday and Monday (Oct. 10-11), for the 2010 Rod Myers Invitational. The 54-hole event will be played at the Duke Golf Club and marks the first time since 2004 the Wolverines will play in an event in Durham.
Final Team Standings
1. MICHIGAN 285-287-282 = 854 (+2) 2. Ohio State 287-293-275 = 855 3. California 301-273-282 = 856 4. Tulsa 296-282-284 = 862 5. Indiana 295-294-279 = 868 Purdue 298-292-278 = 868 7. Northwestern 289-291-291 = 871 8. Coastal Carolina 297-297-279 = 873 9. Minnesota 298-292-286 = 876 10. UC Davis 301-291-290 = 882 11. Penn State 303-290-290 = 883 12. Long Beach State 313-286-285 = 884 Kent State 298-297-289 = 884 14. Tennessee 303-288-297 = 888 15. Florida Atlantic 305-300-299 = 904 16. Princeton 301-307-298 = 906 17. Marquette 310-304-294 = 908
1. LION KIM, U-M 69-71-67 = 207 (-6) 2. Bo Hoag, Ohio State 73-72-64 = 209 3. Adam Schenk, Purdue 76-69-65 = 210 4. David Erdy, Indiana 69-74-68 = 211 Max Homa, California 77-65-69 = 211 6. Ben An, California 73-70-69 = 212 T.J. Howe, Penn State 73-70-69 = 212 David Lipsky, Northwestern 72-71-69 = 212 9. Michael Miller, Penn State 73-71-69 = 213 10. Stephen Carney, Tulsa 72-70-72 = 214 Sebastian Soderberg, CCU 73-71-70 = 214
Other Michigan Individuals
T14. Joey Garber 72-72-72 = 216 T14. Jack Schultz 72-72-72 = 216 T19. Matt Thompson 72-74-71 = 217 T54. Alexander Sitompul 75-72-78 = 225 T76. Miguel Echavarria 73-84-74 = 231* * played as individual
Previous Results: Day One
N O T E S
Michigan's team win at the 2010 Windon Memorial Classic gives the Maize and Blue its 40th team win in the history of the program. It also marked the fourth consecutive season the Wolverines have won at least one team tournament title.
U-M head coach Andrew Sapp garnered his seventh trophy with the Wolverines and the 33rd of his coaching career. Sapp's other six titles include: 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate, 2008 Wolf Run Intercollegiate, 2007 Wolverine at Mission Inn, 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout and 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate.
Lion Kim earned his first collegiate win with his six-under 207. Kim's previous best finish was tying as the runner-up with teammate Matt Thompson at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms. Overall, the victory is Kim's fourth top five finish in his career.
Lion Kim's medalist honor is the 37th in the history of the U-M program. It is the first for a Wolverine since Bill Rankin won the 2008 Maxwell. Overall, Kim became the seventh individual title winner for U-M head coach Andrew Sapp.
Lion Kim's six-under 207 (69-71-67) at the Windon Memorial, which was played at a par of 71, equaled his career-best 54-hole tournament total. Kim posted a nine-under 207 (69-67-71) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, which was played as a par of 72.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Andrew Sapp
On recovering from the season opener and holding on to win today ... "It's nice to bounce back from playing poorly in the final round at the Wolf Run to shooting under par in the final round this week. That's obviously one of our goals is to play better in the final round during the tournament. There were some other teams that really fired some great numbers with Ohio State shooting nine under today. They gave us something to chase for sure. We were able to answer that. Getting the win today was definitely satisfying. It was fun to be in that position knowing that everybody had to grind it out in the last three holes to make some pars, even a birdie here or there, was really good."
On watching the scoreboard and his coaching style ... "There was a time where Lion (Kim) wanted to know where he stood individually and where the team stood. I just walked with Lion probably the last 12 or 13 holes, but Chris and I went back and forth on the text, checking on how everybody was doing. My Blackberry is kind of dead now after watching the scores online closely. It was a tight race. For a while there, California was right up there, Tulsa was right up there. Also, it was tight for the individual race. Lion came through with some birdies coming in and some clutch putts."
On Lion's individual title ... "It's a little overdue, but it's great to see him play his final round so well today. He had his chances and he's learned from those. This time he came through. He had to back it up because Bo (Hoag) went out and shot 64. We knew the number he had to shoot with about two or three holes to play. He backed it up with some strong putting over the last couple holes."
On your reaction to the putt on 18 ... "It wasn't better than the NCAAs, but it was definitely exciting to see. Having the whole team there on 18 being able to watch made it great. Everybody knew that if we two-putted we would tie Ohio State. That's nice, but you still would finish in a tie for first and you didn't beat everybody. When he made the putt it just meant that we beat the Buckeyes."
On the backend of the lineup stepping up this week ... "You win tournaments by not counting scores over 72 and for us to be able to do that was great. Everybody contributed to at least one round under 72. It was really good to see and hopefully we can keep it going. It was nice to see our guys play well also and come through in the clutch, especially when the heat was on in the final round. It's a great experience for everybody. Winning is always fun, but we are already getting ready for Duke."
U-M Senior Lion Kim
On the last two holes to help U-M secure the win ... "On 17 I hit it into the middle of the fairway and had about 156 left to the green. Coach and I decided to hit an eight-iron and I left it about 25 feet short, right where we wanted it to be. I just felt really good about the putt. It was pretty much uphill. I gave it a good stroke and it went in. On 18, coach told me we have a one-shot lead, so I knew basically if I parred the hole we would win. I pulled my 3-wood into the trees and I had to punch out. I punched out pretty poorly and put it on the other side of the rough. The only real shot I had was to put it to the middle of the green and that is exactly what I did. My whole attitude on the last hole was to give myself a good look for par. It did not really go as planned, but I scrambled for par, which was good enough to pull off the victory."
On the 45-foot putt to win ... "It was a little left to right break. When you are in the zone you just see things and I was seeing the line perfectly. I just knew if I gave it a good stroke it would go in. I hit a little harder because of my adrenaline was pumping. I just knew if I hit it right it was going to go in."
On if he was scoreboard watching in the final round ... "When I am out there I really have no idea where we are at. I just usually try to rely on the coaches to let me know how we are doing. I actually asked coach Sapp where I was on 15 and where we were as a team on 17. Basically, I just wanted to know so I could really focus in on what I had to do. I wanted to make sure I finished strong."
On making sure they held onto the lead after 36 holes ... "Last night we had a team meeting and told each other we had to go into the final round with the mentality that we had to post the lowest score as a team. We wanted to extend our lead and not rely on what we had already done. We did not quite finish with the lowest, but we still produced a good number out there and we were able to hold on for this win."
On rebounding from the team's finish at Wolf Run ... "After how we played at Indiana we really wanted to buckle down and show we were a much better team. We know we are a good team, we just know we have to bring our 'A' game to the golf course. We really had some great preparation leading up to this golf tournament. We needed to answer back this week. We wanted to come to Chicago and prove we are a good team. We definitely showed that today."
On his individual win ... "It feels good to my first win. It took longer than I thought, but this really was about the team win over mine. Knowing I had to make that putt on 18 to give the team the win was where my focus was. It was not on winning personally. Obviously, it feels good to win individually, but I was more worried about making that putt for the team."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (724) 763-4423