Feb. 25, 2012
Mon-Tue., Feb. 27-28 -- at North Ranch Collegiate (West Lake Village, Calif.)
Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team will waste little time getting back to competition as the Wolverines head across country to California, Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 27-28) to play in Pepperdine's North Ranch Collegiate. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the North Ranch Country Club and will kick start the Wolverines week of spring break training. North Ranch will be set up for a par of 70 and 6,728 yards. This is the second straight season that U-M will compete in West Lake Village.
The Tournament Field
There will be a 14-team field in the North Ranch Collegiate, including Arizona State, Brigham Young, Cal State Northridge, Charlotte, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Michigan, New Mexico, Pacific, San Diego, San Diego State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.
The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 26 -- Practice Round (11 a.m. PST)
Monday, Feb. 27 -- First Round (7:30 a.m. PST, tee times off #1 and #10)
Monday, Feb. 27 -- Second Round (continuous play off #1 and #10)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 -- Final Round (7:30 a.m. PST, tee times off #1 and #10)
The Tournament Scoring Format
Scoring for the 2012 North Ranch Collegiate will be five players; count the low four scores each round.
The Tournament Lineup
Michigan will bring five-members for the 2012 North Ranch Collegiate. Playing for the Wolverines will be: senior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS), junior Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS), junior Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School), junior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) and freshman Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]).
The Rest of the Trip
After Michigan completes its play at the North Ranch Collegiate, the team will head to Carefree, Ariz., for the remainder of the week to practice during U-M's spring break period. The Wolverines are scheduled to play at Whisper Rock and Chiricahua before heading back to Michigan. During the week, U-M will meet up with athletic director Dave Brandon to play and practice.
What a Closing Season ... So Far
Matt Thompson, who has twice been named the Big Ten's Golfer of the Week, has led U-M in four of the five events, including three top-10 finishes and picking up his first collegiate win at the 2011 Windon Memorial Classic with a five-under 205. In his final season, he is averaging 72.40 strokes per round, which is on pace to break his single-season personal record.
Coming on During the Spring
Noori Hyun has started both spring events and closed 1-1 at Big Ten Match Play and then tied his career best with a one-under 71 in the final round of the Puerto Rico Classic. He equaled the even-par 71 he had in his first collegiate round at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate. In his first season, he has four starts in his five events.
The New Home of the Wolverines
Following the fall season, both Michigan men's and women's golf teams moved into its new practice facility -- the Weisfeld Family Golf Center. After starting construction last September, the $2.5 million, 10,000 gross-square-foot building was dedicated and open for both programs. The new facility, set off South Main Street on the west side of the driving range of the U-M Golf Course, provides indoor/outdoor hitting bays, chipping and putting area, a golf simulator area, meeting areas, team room, coaches offices and new locker rooms. [ Photo Tour ]
Regional Coming to Ann Arbor
Michigan and U-M Golf Course have been selected as one of six regional host sites for the 2012 NCAA Regional Championships. The three-day, 54-hole event will run Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19, 2012. The U-M Golf Course, which has hosted a total of 11 conference championships, last hosted an NCAA event when the women's program played host to the 2007 NCAA Central Regional. The men's program has hosted NCAA events in 1996 with the NCAA Central Regional and in 1947 when the NCAA Finals were played at the U-M Golf Course.
Regional Bids Keep Coming
Michigan has been selected to four straight NCAA regional appearances. U-M's 2010 selection marked its 34th NCAA postseason appearance and the program's sixth regional since the format changed to regional play in 1991. Overall, the Wolverines have participated in five central regionals (1997, 2000, '08, '10, '11) and one southwest regional (2009).
Michigan and the NCAA Regional
1997 -- Central (8th)
2000 -- Central (t-11th)
2008 -- Central (t-12th)
2009 -- Southwest (5th), advanced to NCAA Finals (match play semifinalist)
2010 -- Central (t-6th)
2011 -- Central (1st), advanced to NCAA Finals (tied for 10th)
Fri-Sun., March 16-18 -- at Furman Intercollegiate (Greenville, S.C.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423