Oct. 9, 2012
Site: South Bend, Ind.
Course: Warren Golf Course (par 71, 7,023 yards)
Tournament: Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic
U-M Standing: 11th Place of 12 Teams (297-296-299/892)
Top U-M Individual: Noori Hyun, 8th (73-68-76/217)
Next U-M Event: Mon-Tue., Oct. 15-16 -- at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Fairfax, Calif.)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Highlighted with a career-best eighth-place individual finish from sophomore Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]), the University of Michigan men's golf team posted a 299 final-round team score to post an 892 event total and finish 11th today (Tuesday, Oct. 9) at the 2012 Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic held at the Warren Golf Course.
Battling rains, winds and a 30-minute delay in Sunday's (Oct. 7) opening round, the Wolverines closed the day ninth after putting together a 297 team tally -- highlighted by a two-over 73 from Hyun and a three-over 74 from freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS). As the weather cleared for Monday's (Oct. 8) 18, Hyun's six birdies helped him post a career-best three-under 68, leading the Wolverines to a 296, dropping them a spot in the team standings.
High winds hampered scoring in the final round; however, freshman Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) posted his tournament-best two-over 73, while O'Neill garnered his second three-over 74, helping U-M to a closing 299 team total, giving the Maize and Blue an 892 total and 11th-place finish.
For the third straight event, the Wolverines placed an individual among the top 10 as Hyun posted a career-best 217. After his rounds of 73 and 68, he closed with a 76 for his first career top-10 finish and career-best 54-hole tournament total (217) by seven shots.
O'Neill tied for 38th at 224 after his first- and third-round tallies of 74 surrounded his second-round 76. McIntosh rounded out U-M's top three finishers, tying for 46th at 228 (80-75-73). Seniors Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) was 56th at 230 (77-77-76) and senior captain Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) tied for 61st at 233 (73-77-83).
Playing in his first collegiate event as an individual, freshman Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) tied for 64th at 234 (79-79-76), while sophomore Andrew Wong (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Pompano Beach HS) was 71st at 242 (82-82-78).
The Wolverines will waste little time as they will head to Fairfax, Calif., Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 15-16) for the 2012 Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Hosted by Cal, U-M will play the 54-hole event at the Meadow Club.
Final Team Standings
1. Michigan State 287-282-300 = 869
2. Houston 287-292-291 = 870
UNC Wilmington 296-280-294 = 870
4. San Francisco 292-285-295 = 872
5. UT Arlington 288-300-288 = 876
6. Minnesota 296-293-291 = 880
7. Xavier 295-291-298 = 884
8. Notre Dame 300-295-290 = 885
9. Toledo 294-298-294 = 886
10. Boston College 298-289-302 = 889
11. MICHIGAN 297-296-299 = 892
12. Gonzaga 302-293-307 = 902
1. Thomas Bass, UNC Wilmington 71-68-72 = 211 (-2)
2. Hunter Brown, UT Arlington 71-71-71 = 213
Payne McLeod, UNC Wilmington 75-70-68 = 213
4. Chris Selfridge, Toledo 72-72-70 = 214
5. Matthew Moseley, Michigan State 70-71-75 = 216
Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota 73-71-72 = 216
Taylor Travis, San Francisco 72-71-73 = 216
8. NOORI HYUN, U-M 73-68-76 = 217
Other Michigan Individuals
T38. Chris O'Neill 74-76-74 = 224
T46. Brett McIntosh 80-75-73 = 228
56. Matt Alessi 77-77-76 = 230
T61. Miguel Echavarria 73-77-83 = 233
T64. Andrew Yeager 79-79-76 = 234*
71. Andrew Wong 82-82-78 = 242*
* played as individual
N O T E S
Michigan has posted a top-10 individual finisher in each of the first three tournaments -- Brett McIntosh (tie-3rd, Inverness Intercollegiate), Chris O'Neill (tie-5th, Windon Memorial Classic) and Noori Hyun (eighth, Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic).
Noori Hyun posted a career-best finish. It marked the first time he finished among the top 20 at an event. His previous best finish was tying for 23rd at the 2012 North Ranch Collegiate.
Noori Hyun shot a career-best three-under 68 in the second round. The tally topped his previous best of 69 in the third round of the 2012 North Ranch Collegiate. With his 217 event tally, he lowered his 54-hole tournament record by seven shots -- 224 at the North Ranch Collegiate.
Michigan has used the same starting five in all three fall events. Andrew Yeager played for the first time in his career, as an individual.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the tournament weekend ... "We felt like practice going into the event had gone well. Really even after the practice round we felt like the course set up well for us. Some guys got a little out of rhythm in the first round, but we felt where we had gone wrong we were able to correct that over the next two days. For the most part we had rounds going in a better direction, but especially today we just finished so poorly. It was disappointing for everyone. We have to use that as motivation to get it fixed for next time. Every hole counts the same, but the way you finish is important. It can give you positive momentum if you finish the round off well."
On the play of Noori Hyun and getting another top-10 finish from a player ... "Noori's game has been looking good for a really long time. Finally, he was able to get the score and finish to match up to how good he has looked. He even didn't finish the round off the way he wanted. It is good for the group to have three different guys have top-10 finishes. So we are showing we have some depth and some firepower. It's a matter of guys controlling their high score and being more consistent."
U-M Sophomore Noori Hyun
On his play this weekend and the second-round 68 ... "My game has been pretty good during the first few events, but the scoring did not show up. This weekend, I didn't change a lot of my game. I just tried to be more aggressive and that helped me be more confident. The second round, my putting was really good. I missed six greens but was able to get up and down on all six of those misses."
On if this finish will help his confidence at the next event ... "My play this weekend is going to give me some good momentum going into the next event. My shots and putting have been pretty good all season and now that I got that result I have the confidence to know I can do it. The next event, I will for sure try to do some of the same things and hopefully getting the same results."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423