Oct. 15, 2013
Site: Duluth, Ga.
Course: Berkeley Hills Country Club (par 72, 6,706 yards)
Tournament: AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic
U-M Team Standing: Tie-13th Place of 14 Teams (300-297-287/884)
Top U-M Individual: Chris O'Neill (73-74-72), Brett McIntosh (77-74-68), tie-36th (219)
Next U-M Event: Sun-Tue., Oct. 27-29 -- The Invitational at the Ocean Course (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
DULUTH, Ga. -- A final-round four-under 68 from sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) paced the University of Michigan men's golf team to a closing one-under 287 team total today (Tuesday, Oct. 15) to help U-M tie for 13th with an 884 event total at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic held at the Berkeley Hills Country Club.
Sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) and freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School) guided the Wolverines during Monday's (Oct. 14) first 36 holes of play. O'Neill and Evon combined for a pair of one-over 73s to give U-M an opening 300 team tally. Three Wolverines -- O'Neill, McIntosh and sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) -- carded rounds of two-over 74 as U-M dropped three strokes, posting a second-round 297. With a 597 total, the Wolverines found themselves in the 14th position after the first day.
After recording five total birdies during his first two rounds, McIntosh had seven in his final round alone to post a U-M tournament-best four-under 68 and help the Maize and Blue tally a one-under 287 team total, moving the squad up one position to finish tied for 13th at 884 with South Carolina-Aiken.
Individually, O'Neill and McIntosh led U-M as the duo tied for 35th with three-over 219 tallies. For O'Neill, who had rounds of 73, 74 and 72, it was the fourth straight fall event he has finished as the top Wolverine. Tying with McIntosh, who had rounds of 77, 74 and 68, the duo has finished 1-2 for U-M in all four events this fall and seven times in their careers.
Other Wolverines finishes included Evon tying for 63rd at 224 (73-75-76) and freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) tying for 69th at 225 (77-75-73). Freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS) returned from injury and made his collegiate debut, tying for 50th at 221 (78-72-71). Junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) also played as an invited individual and tied for 78th at 231 (75-81-75).
The Wolverines will close their fall season heading to Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 27-29, for the College of Charleston's Invitational at the Ocean Course. The three-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Ocean Course, which has been rated as the fourth-best public golf course and 25th best overall course in the nation.
Final Team Standings
1. Georgia State 282-283-280 = 845 (-19) 2. South Florida 282-282-283 = 847 3. South Alabama 283-280-286 = 849 4. Chattanooga 293-273-289 = 855 5. Kentucky 294-287-275 = 856 6. Mercer 292-282-285 = 859 7. Georgia Southern 287-288-286 = 861 VCU 286-286-289 = 861 9. UNC Greensboro 292-286-289 = 867 10. Mississippi 289-283-297 = 869 11. Troy 295-285-293 = 873 12. Furman 303-287-292 = 882 13. MICHIGAN 300-297-287 = 884 South Carolina-Aiken 304-290-290 = 884
1. Chase Koepka, South Florida 68-69-69 = 206 (-10) 2. Tyler Gruca, Georgia State 73-65-70 = 208 Liam Johnston, Chattanooga 71-67-70 = 208 4. Trey Rule, Mercer 74-69-66 = 209 Ben Stow, Kentucky 73-71-65 = 209 6. Nathan Mallonee, Georgia State 69-72-69 = 210 Hanish Nagrani, VCU 72-68-70 = 210 8. Michael Garretson, South Alabama 69-69-73 = 211 Carter Jenkins, UNC Greensboro 72-70-69 = 211 Ewan Scott, Chattanooga 73-67-71 = 211 Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern 71-67-73 = 211
T36. Chris O'Neill 73-74-72 = 219 T36. Brett McIntosh 77-74-68 = 219 T63. Bryce Evon 73-75-76 = 224 T69. Reed Hrynewich 77-75-73 = 225 73. Andrew Yeager 79-74-74 = 227 T50. Tom Swanson 78-72-71 = 221* T78. Noori Hyun 75-81-75 = 231* * played as individual
N O T E S
Michigan traveled and competed with its entire roster as the university was on its fall break.
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 16 consecutive events. O'Neill has finished as the top Wolverine in 10 of his 16 events, while McIntosh has led four times. The duo has finished 1-2 among U-M golfers at an event seven times, including all four fall events this season.
Brett McIntosh shot a season-best four-under 68 in the final round, which included seven birdies. The round topped his prior best of 69 in the opening round of the 2013 Windon Memorial Classic.
After recording a total of 37 birdies during the first 36 holes, Michigan tallied 25 in the final round. Overall, Brett McIntosh led U-M with 12, while Chris O'Neill had 11, and Reed Hrynewich had nine. Tom Swanson and Noori Hyun each had eight apiece, while Bryce Evon and Andrew Yeager each had seven.
Reed Hrynewich recorded an eagle three on the par-5, 505-yard third hole in the second round. He used a three-wood, four-iron combination to put it 18 feet away before draining the putt.
Tom Swanson recorded an eagle three on the par-5, 552-yard 15th hole in the final round. He used a driver, 4-iron combination to hit his second shot two feet from the pin, nearly 230 yards. He tapped in for eagle.
Tom Swanson made his collegiate debut as an individual after missing the first three events due to injury. He closed his first college event shooting a career-best one-under 71 in the final round.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the difference between day one to day two ... "To me the major difference was finishing off the round. Things were not going well yesterday. We had to fight for everything. We were in the middle with a lot of other teams, and then during the last six or seven holes of each round we just were not able to close. Playing like that really hurts you on the leaderboard. Today we finished better, playing our last six holes under par, which is something we have to do every round and every event; especially in the final round."
On finding consistency ... "I have seen some improvements. The results this week really just show our need for depth and consistency throughout the lineup. We cannot just rely on one, two or three guys to carry the team. We need a solid, full team effort. I was happy to be able to start every guy on the roster this week to get some experience. More importantly, I know the guys are pulling away valuable lessons from every event."
On Brett McIntosh's play in the final round ... "We challenged Brett during the second round. Things were just not going his way, and we challenged him to finish strong. He really fought through it. In the final round, he made a putter change. I don't know if that was the thing that got his mojo going, but he was just more confident today and played the way everyone knows he is capable of."
On seeing Tom Swanson return from injury and make his collegiate debut ... "Finally. It was good for Tom. It was good for his teammates to see Tom out there playing and play well. He had that rusty, occasional shot, but for the most part his game looked good. This was a really big step forward for him, his recovery and getting back to competitive golf."
On closing the fall season at the prestigious and difficult Ocean Course ... "We will have a real short break to make sure the guys are rested and ready to finish strong. It is a long fall season. We have a nice opportunity to go play a special place. We are going to a real demanding course, and the guys' games are going to have to be in top shape. I am glad we are going to get this experience because it will really help us down the road."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423