Oct. 30, 2011
Site: Greensboro, N.C.
Course: Forest Oaks Country Club (par 72, 7,212 yards)
Tournament: Bridgestone Golf Collegiate
U-M Standing: Tie-6th Place of 15 Teams (299-294/593)
Top U-M Individual: Matt Thompson, 2nd (71-70/141, -3)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 10-11 -- at Big Ten Match Play (Bradenton, Fla.)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS) claimed medalist runner-up to pace the University of Michigan men's golf team to a tie for sixth today (Sunday, Oct. 30) with a 593 total in the rain-shortened Bridgestone Golf Collegiate played at the Forest Oaks Country Club. It was the final event of the fall for U-M.
With poor weather conditions hampering play during Saturday's (Oct. 29) opening 36 holes, play was reduced to 18 holes, causing U-M to have its second fall event reduced from 54 to 36 holes. Despite the altered format, Thompson led the Wolverine charge in the opening round with a one-under 71, giving U-M to a 299 tally, which put the Wolverines in 11th, while Thompson sat in a tie for third individually.
Thompson followed with a two-under 70 to lead U-M in Sunday's final round, giving him a three-under 141 total and helping him to his second straight top-two individual finish as he was the runner-up, just two shots back of N.C. State's Albin Choi (70-69/139, -5).
With junior Jack Schultz's (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS) one-over 73 and junior Miguel Echavarria's (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) two-over 74, the Wolverines closed with a 294 to help them move up and tie for sixth with a 593 total.
Echavarria closed with a top-25 finish as he tied for 22nd at 148 after back-to-back 74s, while Schultz tied for 27th a shot back at 149 (76-73). Junior Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's HS) tied for 67th at 155 (78-77) and junior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) tied for 80th at 162 (83-79) to round out the starting Wolverine finishes.
The Wolverines have completed their fall season and will not return to action until after the New Year when they head to Bradenton, Fla., for the 2012 Big Ten Match Play Championship, to be played Feb. 10-11. In its fourth year, the conference match-play event will be played at the Concession Golf Club.
Final Team Standings
1. Iowa State 297-285 = 582
2. N.C. State 297-290 = 587
3. Virginia Tech 294-297 = 591
Mississippi State 295-296 = 591
5. South Carolina 291-301 = 592
6. MICHIGAN 299-294 = 593
North Carolina 294-299 = 593
Kentucky 300-293 = 593
Purdue 297-296 = 593
10. Pepperdine 304-290 = 594
Mississippi 300-294 = 594
12. UNC Greensboro 296-302 = 598
Georgia State 297-301 = 598
14. VCU 307-296 = 603
15. Toledo 298-311 = 609
1. Albin Choi, N.C. State 70-69 = 139 (-5)
2. Matt Thompson, U-M 71-70 = 141
3. Sam Daley, Iowa State 71-71 = 142
Andy Knox, UNC Greensboro 71-71 = 142
5. Josh Anderson, Pepperdine 72-72 = 144
Tyler Gruca, Georgia State 72-72 = 144
Chase Sargent, VCU 73-71 = 144
8. Bryce Chalkley, Virginia Tech 72-73 = 145
Joe David, Mississippi 76-69 = 145
Tyler Duncan, Purdue 72-73 = 145
Fletcher Johnson, Mississippi State 73-72 = 145
Other Michigan Individuals
T22. Miguel Echavarria 74-74 = 148
T27. Jack Schultz 76-73 = 149
T67. Rahul Bakshi 78-77 = 155
T80. Matt Alessi 83-79 = 162
N O T E S
Matt Thompson closed the fall season leading Michigan in four of the five events. In five fall events, he posted four top-20, three top-10, and two top-five finishes -- including winning Windon Memorial Classic and closing as the runner-up at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
The first day of play was reduced from 36 to 18 holes due to poor weather conditions. It is the second time this fall the Wolverines have had an event reduced to 36 total holes. The Inverness Intercollegiate, Sept. 26-27, was reduced to weather conditions.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On the weekend at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate ... "It was unfortunate that we had another event shortened -- that is two in the fall. Still every shot counts the same. We were happier with the way we closed the final round today. We got off to a rough start in the very beginning, but we talked a lot about closing out rounds strong. We did that today. Still, it was not the total final round we wanted, but the finish was better."
On his early thoughts of the fall season ... "I am still getting to know the potential of this team -- the strengths and weaknesses -- but it is going to be great to be able to go into the offseason with a much clearer picture of where we are and how to focus our work in especially with the new practice facility. It is going to offer us such a great resource and way to practice. We will come out for the spring absolutely ready to go."
On Matt Thompson ... "He played a really solid round yesterday and really knew that he would have a chance to win if he had a good round today. He is just very, very steady. Coach (Nick) Pumford was walking with him the last six or seven holes and I believe he had a makeable birdie putt on every one but was just burning the edges. He is just getting very comfortable being in that position of playing with a chance to win. He just continues to lead for us and set examples in exceptional ways."
On Miguel Echavarria's fall season ... "Miguel is really coming into form. His game was a little bit off starting the week, but he is managing his game much better and really doing a good job thinking through his shots and thinking through his rounds. It seems with every tournament he finds a small area where he can improve. I have been really happy with his performance this fall."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423