March 7, 2014
Mon-Tue., March 10-11 -- at Lamkin San Diego Classic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Next on the Tee: Lamkin San Diego Classic
The University of Michigan men's golf team will travel to Chula Vista, Calif., to compete in the Lamkin San Diego Classic on Monday and Tuesday (March 10-11). The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at San Diego Country Club, and the course will be set up to play a par of 72 and 7,033 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 13 teams competing in the Classic: CSU-San Marcos, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pepperdine, St. Joseph's (Pa.), San Diego, San Diego State, Seattle, Southern California, UC Irvine, Utah and Wake Forest. San Diego and San Diego State are the tournament co-hosts.
The Tournament Schedule
Monday, March 10 -- First and Second Rounds (36), 8 a.m. PST (shotgun start)
Tuesday, March 11 -- Final Round (18), tee times from 7:30-9:30 a.m. PST
The Michigan Lineup
All seven of Michigan's players will compete in the San Diego Classic, with five Wolverines making up the starting lineup and the other two playing as individuals. The starting lineup will feature sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS), junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]), freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS) and sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS). Playing as individuals will be freshmen Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey SS) and Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS).
After competing in five events during the fall season, the Wolverines will play their third of five regular-season spring events on the schedule.
The Wolverines return to California for the 2014 Lamkin San Diego Classic. U-M is a frequent visitor in the Golden State; the team has competed in at least one tournament in California in each season under head coach Chris Whitten. Michigan competed in two California tournaments -- the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Fairfax, Calif.) and the Stanford Classic at Cypress Point (Pebble Beach, Calif.) -- in 2012-13.
Noori Hyun was the top-finishing Wolverine in last weekend's Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25), leading Michigan for the first time since he led his team to a first-place finish in the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12, 2013).
Noori Hyun set season-low 18-hole and career-low 54-hole score last weekend in the Puerto Rico Classic, shooting a final-round 69 on his way to a 210 total. His performance helped U-M match its best-ever finish in 12 years at the tournament (tie-6th).
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 19 consecutive events. The two were the only players to start all four matches for U-M in Big Ten Match Play Championship, where the team earned a perfect 4-0 record to win the event.
Bryce Evon gives the Wolverines three players who have started all seven events this season. In his first year, he is averaging 75.22 per round. He posted a career-best 68 en route to a new career-low 54-hole total of 217 at last week's Puerto Rico Classic.
Reed Hrynewich has started each of the last five events in his first season. In the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, he set a new career best with a 225 54-hole total and achieved an 18-hole low score of 72 in the opening round of last weekend's Puerto Rico Classic.
Tom Swanson made his collegiate debut at the AutoTrader.com Classic as an individual after missing the first three events due to injury. He closed his first college event with a career-best, one-under 71 in the final round.
Chris O'Neill has shot seven of his 18 total rounds under par this season. He is averaging 72.17 per round and 216.21 per 54-hole tournament. Brett McIntosh is not far from his classmate, averaging 72.72 per round and 218.17 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 has finished as the top Wolverine in 11 of his 19 events, while Brett McIntosh has led five times. The duo has finished 1-2 among U-M golfers at an event eight times, including at four of the five fall events this season and five of the last six events overall.
Chris O'Neill has earned the Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week honor three times in his career, all this season. O'Neill began the season with a second-place finish at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and followed by winning his first collegiate title at the Windon Memorial Classic, helping him to his first two conference accolades. O'Neill picked up the honor for the third time after leading Michigan with a 3-1 record in match play to help the team win its first-ever Big Ten Match Play Championship title.
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 matched its best-ever finish in 12 appearances at the Puerto Rico Classic by tying for sixth place at the Rio Mar River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Maize and Blue featured three players under par, led by career-best 18- and 54-hole scores from Noori Hyun, who carded a 69 in the final round to finish with a 210 total. The Wolverines turned in an 859 event total, thanks to four players placing in the top 38 positions. Hyun's 210 total tied him for 12th place, while Brett McIntosh tied for 30th (69-76-71/216), Bryce Evon tied for 35th (73-76-68/217) and Chris O'Neill tied for 38th (74-72-72/218). [ Recap ]
Sat-Sun., April 5-6 -- at Aggie Invitational (Bryant, Texas)
Sat-Sun., April 12-13 -- at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
Contact: Chad Shepard