Notes & Quotes: Erin Hills Intercollegiate

Oct. 8, 2013



Chris O'Neill has led U-M in all three events during the fall season.

Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have finished 1-2 for the Wolverines in every event this season.

• With two sub-par rounds, Chris O'Neill has fired seven of his nine total rounds under par and has only one round over par this season. He leads U-M with a 70.11 per-round average.

Reed Hrynewich set new career best for a single round (73, first) and 54-hole tournament (227), which was 11 shots better than his opening event.

• Both O'Neill and Hrynewich posted eagles in round one on the par-5, 586-yard 14th hole.

Bryce Evon tied his career best for a single round with an even-par 72 in the first round.

• Evon and Hrynewich had seven birdies apiece over the three-day event.


Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the Erin Hills Intercollegiate ... "The golf course felt like it changed every day and we, obviously, did not adapt on the second day. The wind was up, and the thing that makes the course difficult is your poor shots are really penalized a lot. We hit enough good shots, but I think we need to learn how to handle the situations when we get offline. We need to recover better. Chris (O'Neill) paced us with a nice final round. We need to give him some more support. I thought it was pretty scoreable today. We just did not take advantage of it like we needed to."

On the continued strong play of Chris O'Neill ... "He is really keeping it basic. I would not say his ball-striking has been great; he is just limiting his misses. Then he scores really well around the green. Out of the three tournaments we have played so far, he would probably say this event was the roughest for him, but he still managed to shoot some really good rounds, which is a good sign."

On having Reed Hrynewich in the lineup and the play of Bryce Evon ... "Reed is still working on some things. He is playing with his game during his transition right now. I am proud of the way he is fighting through and really giving us his best effort. Bryce was really a victim of a couple bad lies and some super penalizing shots (during the second round). He played better than what his second-round score showed. Today he played better and probably did not finish it off the way he wanted, but he is going to be a good consistent player down the road."

On preparing for the next event during fall break ... "We have to regroup a little bit. The biggest change going south will be figuring out the greens. We are to play on a different type of green than we have before. That's really going to be our focus."