Michigan Ties for 13th at Invitational at the Ocean Course
Bryce Evon

Oct. 29, 2013

Site: Kiawah Island, S.C.
Course: Ocean Course (par 72, 7,080 yards)
Tournament: Invitational at the Ocean Course
U-M Team Standing: Tie-13th Place of 14 Teams (305-312-302/919)
Top U-M Individual: Brett McIntosh, tie-33rd (78-74-75/227)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 14-15 -- at Big Ten Match Play Championship (Bradenton, Fla.)

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The University of Michigan men's golf team closed out the fall portion of its schedule with a tie for 13th place finish at the Invitational at the Ocean Course Tuesday morning (Oct. 29).

Sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) led the Wolverines with a tie for 33rd-place finish in U-M's final fall event. McIntosh had rounds of 78-74-75 for a 227 total. McIntosh had a pair of birdies in the final round and put up 16 pars in the event's second round. Freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) tied for 45th with scores of 75-78-77=230, and sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) closed out his solid fall with rounds of 76-78-77=231 to tie for 50th place.

Freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School) posted four birdies en route to a final-round 74, highlighting his three-day total of 232 and a tie for 53rd place. Freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS) had five birdies in his final round and tied for 76th place with scores of 83-84-76=243. Junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) played as an individual and tied for 41st place, shooting rounds of 74-78-77=229.

The Wolverines have closed their fall season and turn their attention to the winter season training period. Come early February, U-M will get back to competition heading to Bradenton, Fla., for the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship held at the Concession Golf Club.

Final Team Standings

  1. South Florida        291-285-295 = 871 (+7)
  2. South Alabama        294-294-287 = 875
  3. Kentucky             288-293-295 = 876
     Georgia              297-296-283 = 876
  5. Georgia Southern     302-298-297 = 897
  6. Coll. of Charleston  306-293-301 = 900
  7. Charleston Southern  297-311-296 = 904
  8. Florida              300-303-303 = 906
  9. Rice                 311-294-302 = 907
 10. Western Carolina     304-301-303 = 908
 11. Notre Dame           301-296-312 = 909
     Francis Marion       310-301-298 = 909
 13. MICHIGAN             305-312-302 = 919
     Michigan State       312-307-300 = 919

Top Individuals

 1. Joey Garber*, Georgia             73-66-68 = 207 (-9)
 2. Richard James, South Florida      69-67-74 = 210
    J.T. Poston, Western Carolina     67-74-69 = 210
 4. Cody Martin, Kentucky)            70-68-73 = 211
 5. Chase Koepka, South Florida       72-69-73 = 214
    Lee McCoy, Georgia                72-77-6 5= 214
 7. Tyler Klava, South Alabama        70-74-7 2= 216
    Kevin Reilly, Rice                79-66-71 = 216
 9. Michael Garretson, South Alabama  74-72-71 = 217
10. Michael Cromie, Georgia           74-73-71 = 218
    Blake Kelley, South Alabama       75-73-70 = 218

Michigan Individuals

T33. Brett McIntosh   78-74-75 = 227
T41. Noori Hyun       74-78-77 = 229*
T45. Reed Hrynewich   75-78-77 = 230
T50. Chris O'Neill    76-78-77 = 231
T53. Bryce Evon       76-82-74 = 232
T76. Tom Swanson      83-84-76 = 243
* played as individual


• The tournament was played at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. The course has been rated as the fourth-best public golf course and 25th overall course in the nation by Golf Digest and hosted the 2012 PGA Championship.

• Michigan closes a fall schedule that saw the Wolverines have a pair of third-place finishes -- at its own Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 16-17) and the Windon Memorial (Sept. 22-23).

• The Wolverines had 16 birdies in the final round of the tournament, five from Tom Swanson and four by Bryce Evon.

Brett McIntosh led Michigan for the second straight tournament. He also tied for 36th at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic (Oct. 14-15).

Tom Swanson played in his first event with the Wolverines in his collegiate career. He played as an individual at the Auto Trader.com Collegiate Classic (Oct. 14-15).


Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the team's overall play at the Invitational at the Ocean Course ... "We knew we were going to a really great golf course that's hosted a major championship in the last year or so. We knew our games were going to be tested. Ultimately, the results weren't what we wanted them to be, but we have a clear picture of where we need to go in the offseason."

On the play of Brett McIntosh ... "He got better with every round. I don't think his score is reflective of how solid his ball striking was. Obviously, you've got to put together a complete game, but Brett really hit the ball beautifully. He got better from round to round this week, which is what we want to see. We want to get better as the tournament goes on."

On the overall play during the fall schedule ... "It's disappointing to finish it the way we did. But we're going to learn from it for sure. I think we showed early on a little bit of the potential of this team. I know we have good players who are getting some really important experience right now and learning a lot, and I think we'll make some strides in the offseason with our games and with our confidence level. We'll be ready for some good competition in the spring."

On what the team will work on in the offseason to get ready for the spring ... "We've got some skill development to do with some of our guys. Three out of seven of our guys are freshmen, and they're learning a lot about their games for the first time. Some other guys are working on consistency. I think we showed some really low scores this fall, but we need to bring that on a more consistent basis. There are certain ways we can practice with attention on results that will help."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423