Oct. 29, 2012
Site: Pebble Beach, Calif.
Course: Cypress Point Club (par 72, 6,524 yards)
Tournament: Stanford Classic at Cypress Point (Day 1)
Scores: #2 Texas 12, Michigan 0 (four ball); #15 Georgia 8, Michigan 4 (foursomes)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Oct. 30 -- vs. Washington at Stanford Classic (Pebble Beach, Calif.), 8 a.m. PDT
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Facing an elite field on one of the world's top golf courses, the University of Michigan men's golf team dropped its first two matches in the Stanford Classic at Cypress Point on Monday (Oct. 29). The eighth-seeded Wolverines were shut out, 12-0, by top-seeded Texas in the four ball (better ball) morning match and suffered an 8-4 loss to No. 5 seed Georgia in the afternoon foursomes (alternate shot).
Playing in the No. 2 position, sophomore Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) and freshman Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) were Michigan's most productive twosome against Georgia, accounting for three points by winning the second nine (one point) and the overall match (two points). The teams started on hole No. 10, and Georgia claimed the first nine-hole match, 1 up, but the Wolverine duo won holes 3, 5, 6 and 8 to take the second nine, 3-and-1, and win the overall match, 3-and-2.
At the No. 1 spot, senior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) and freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) tallied Michigan's fourth point against the Bulldogs, rallying for a 2-up victory on the second nine. The Wolverine duo took a one-hole lead by winning holes 7 and 8 with pars, and Georgia conceded the ninth hole with Michigan lying two on the green.
In the morning four ball against defending NCAA champion Texas, the Wolverines fell behind early in each match and never recovered. Senior Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) and freshman Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) had the best opportunity to win a point against the Longhorns, as Yeager's birdies on Nos. 12 and 15 put the Wolverines up one for the second nine. However, Texas won the last three holes.
The tournament concludes Tuesday (Oct. 30) using a singles format for the final round. Michigan will face No. 2 seed Washington starting at 8 a.m. off the 10th tee. The Huskies dropped both their first-day matches by a 10-2 outcome, falling to No. 7 seed Stanford in the morning and No. 3 Southern Cal in the afternoon.
Texas 12, Michigan 0 (Four Ball)
Julio Vegas/Kramer Hickok (Texas) 4, Miguel Echavarria/Andrew Yeager (U-M) 0
Cody Gribble/Jonathan Schnitzer (Texas) 4, Brett McIntosh/Noori Hyun (U-M) 0
Jordan Spieth/Toni Hakula (Texas) 4, Matt Alessi/Chris O'Neill (U-M) 0
Georgia 8, Michigan 4 (Foursomes)
T.J. Mitchell/Sepp Straka (Georgia) 4, Miguel Echavarria/Andrew Yeager (U-M) 0
Brett McIntosh/Noori Hyun (U-M) 3, Lee McCoy/Michael Cromie (Georgia) 1
Sam Straka/Joey Garber (Georgia) 3, Matt Alessi/Chris O'Neill (U-M) 1
First-Round Results (Four Ball)
No. 1 seed Texas 12, No. 8 seed Michigan 0
No. 7 seed Stanford 10, No. 2 seed Washington 2
No. 6 seed Duke 9.5, No. 3 seed Southern Cal 2.5
No. 4 seed UCLA 8.5, No. 5 seed Georgia 3.5
Second-Round Results (Foursomes)
UCLA 6.5, Texas 5.5
Duke 7.5, Stanford 4.5
Georgia 8, Michigan 4
Southern Cal 10, Washington 2
Championship Match -- UCLA vs. Duke, 8:30 a.m. (1st tee)
Third Place -- Texas vs. Stanford, 8 a.m. (1st tee)
Fifth Place -- Georgia vs. Southern Cal, 8:30 a.m. (10th tee)
Seventh Place -- Michigan vs. Washington, 8 a.m. (10th tee)
N O T E S
Noori Hyun celebrated his 20th birthday on Monday.
Each of Michigan's three groups birdied the par-3 15th hole during the afternoon matches.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423