This Week in Michigan Men's Golf: Big Ten Match Play Championship

Feb. 13, 2014

Coach Whitten Spotlight

Big Ten Match Play Championship (Feb. 14-15, Bradenton, Fla.)
Friday, Feb. 14 -- vs. Michigan State, 7:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 -- vs. Opponent TBD, Time TBA
Saturday, Feb. 15 -- vs. Opponent TBD, Time TBA

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Next on the Tee: Big Ten Match Play Championship
The University of Michigan men's golf team will return from a three-and-a-half month hiatus as it travels to Bradenton, Fla., to compete in the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship (Feb. 14-15). The two-day long, single-elimination event will be held at The Concession Golf Club, which was rated No. 65 on Golf Digest's list of "America's 75 Toughest Golf Courses" and No. 88 in Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." The tournament will be set up for a par 72 and 7,474 yards. Play for U-M begins against Michigan State on Friday (Feb. 14) at 7:30 a.m., with another match slated later in the day and a final matchup Saturday (Feb. 15).

The Tournament Field
All 12 members of the Big Ten Conference will be competing in the Big Ten Match Play Championship. These teams are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

The Michigan Lineup
Michigan will have five players competing in each match at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. Starting for the Wolverines in the opening match against Michigan State will be sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS), freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) and junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]). Freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School) will travel as a substitute.


• The Big Ten Match Play Championship is Michigan's first spring event. U-M competed in five events during the fall season, and the Wolverines have another five on the regular-season schedule for this spring.

• After opening his collegiate career as an individual at the Collegiate Classic, Tom Swanson will make his second career start after making his starting debut at the Invitational at the Ocean Course.

Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 17 consecutive events. O'Neill has finished as the top Wolverine in 10 of his 17 events, while McIntosh has led five times. The duo has finished 1-2 among U-M golfers at an event seven times, including at four of the five fall events this season.

Chris O'Neill has shot seven of his 15 total rounds under par. He is averaging 72.07 per round and 216.21 per 54-hole tournament. Brett McIntosh is not far from his classmate, averaging 72.87 per round and 218.61 per 54-holes.

Chris O'Neill led the Wolverines during the fall season in scoring average, best single round, top-five finishes, top 20 finishes, rounds under par and winning percentage.

Chris O'Neill opened the season being honored with back-to-back Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week awards. He began the season with a second-place finish at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and followed winning his first collegiate title at the Windon Memorial Classic. He has three conference accolades in his career.

Bryce Evon gives the Wolverines three players to have started all five events this season. In his first year, he is averaging 75.80 per round. He posted a career-best 54-hole total of 222 in his first collegiate event -- the Wolverine Intercollegiate. He has a career-best round of 72, which he has recorded twice so far.

Reed Hrynewich has started the last three events and four overall in his first season. In the Collegiate Classic, he set new career bests with a 225 54-hole total and final-round 73.

Tom Swanson made his collegiate debut at the Classic 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. He will compete in his third straight event after taking part in the Invitational at the Open Course last time out.

• Michigan's roster features two left-handed golfers -- sophomore Brett McIntosh and freshman Reed Hrynewich. U-M's last lefty was Kevin Dore (2004-07).

Chris Whitten is in his eighth season with the U-M men's golf program. He spent five years (2006-11) as an assistant coach before serving as the head coach over the last three seasons.

Nick Pumford is in his third season as assistant coach at his alma mater. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner (2006-09), starting 29 of 33 career events. He helped U-M to a semifinal appearance at the 2009 NCAA Championship.

Last Time Out
Michigan used a 919 total to finish tied for 13th at The Invitation at the Ocean Course, Oct. 27-29, played at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. The Wolverines posted team rounds of 305, 312 and 302 during the three-day event. Brett McIntosh used a pair of birdies in the final round to lead U-M and tie for 33rd-place overall. Reed Hrynewich and Chris O'Neill finished a few strokes behind McIntosh, finishing tied for 45th and 50th, respectively. [ Recap ]

Sun-Tue., Feb. 23-25 -- at Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
Mon-Tue., Mar. 10-11 -- at San Diego Intercollegiate Classic (San Diego, Calif.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423