March 19, 2013
Next on the Tee
After returning home from its spring break training trip nearly three weeks ago, the University of Michigan men's golf team will head back out for the first of its two remaining spring events. The Wolverines will travel to Williamsburg, Va., Sunday through Tuesday (March 24-26) for William & Mary's C&F Bank Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event will feature 32 teams in the field playing 18 holes over the three days at the Kingsmill Resort's River Course. The course will be set up for a par of 71 and 6,831 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 32 teams in the field for the 2013 C&F Bank Intercollegiate: Appalachian State, Binghamton, Boston College, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Drake, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, George Mason, Georgetown, High Point, IPFW, James Madison, Longwood, Loyola (Md.), Marquette, Michigan, Mount St. Mary's, Notre Dame, Radford, Richmond, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's, Tennessee, Toledo, Towson, UNC Greensboro, William and Mary, Wright, State and Xavier.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, March 23 -- Practice Round, tee times throughout the day
Sunday, March 24 -- First Round (18), Wave 1 tee times (7:45 a.m.); Wave 2 tee times (12:20 p.m.)
Monday, March 25 -- Second Round (18), Wave 1 tee times (7:45 a.m.); Wave 2 tee times (12:20 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 26 -- Final Round (18), Wave 1 tee times (7:45 a.m.); Wave 2 tee times (12:20 p.m.)
The Wolverine Lineup
Michigan will determine its lineup following its weekly evaluation and spring break statistics. The five starters will be chosen from senior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice), freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), freshman Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), senior Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School), freshman Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS), sophomore Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) and sophomore Andrew Wong (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Pompano Beach HS).
Chris O'Neill will return to his home state to play in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. Originally from Glen Allen, he is only about 58 miles away from the Kingsmill Resort.
The C&F Bank Intercollegiate features a 32-team field. It is the most teams in an event since the 1990 Firestone Intercollegiate, which had a 36-team field.
Chris O'Neill continues to lead Michigan with a 74.78 per-round average, while Brett McIntosh and Matt Alessi are tied for second at 75.80. With current men's golf history dating back to the early 1980s, a freshman has never led the team in scoring average.
In Michigan's six stroke-play events, the Wolverines have had an individual finish among the top 15 five times. Brett McIntosh tied for third at the Inverness Intercollegiate; Chris O'Neill placed fifth at the Windon Memorial Classic, was seventh at the Colleton River Collegiate and tied for 14th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational; and Noori Hyun finished eighth at the Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic.
A Michigan freshman has led U-M in five of the six stroke-play events this season. Chris O'Neill (Windon Memorial, Alister MacKenzie Invitational and Colleton River Collegiate) leads U-M with three, while Brett McIntosh (Inverness Intercollegiate and Puerto Rico Classic) has two to his credit. In the only other stroke-play event, Michigan was led by second-year man Noori Hyun (Irish Gridiron Classic).
Michigan has competed in eight tournaments this season, with two of those events in a match-play format -- the Stanford Classic at Cypress Point and the Big Ten Match Play Championship.
After joining the team as a walk-on last season, Matt Alessi will make his 20th consecutive start over the last two seasons.
Brett McIntosh, who hails from London, Ontario, Canada, is the Wolverines' only left-handed golfer on the team. He is the first lefty to play for U-M since Kevin Dore (2004-07), who was from Dundas, Ontario.
Michigan has been selected for NCAA Regional play the last five seasons, with four team selections preceding Matt Thompson's individual appearance last spring.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Glen Allen, Va.
On the improving weather and upcoming schedule ... "Yeah, I'm really excited to go back to Virginia to play, but I think we're going to do well. We're on the up-swing right now, and spring break obviously wasn't the best parameter of where we're at because of the conditions, but you look at what Michigan State did, we tied them and they finished runner-up in the Big Ten Match Play. So if we're competitive with them I definitely think we have a good chance moving forward, because obviously now we really have to look toward the Big Ten Tournament if we want to continue in the postseason."
On returning home to play in Virginia ... "I'm very excited. I'm very excited to see a lot of my old golfing buddies that will be there, and my parents especially. I know at least 10 or 15 people that will be there, so it should be fun. And it's on a course that I've played a couple times, so I'm looking for good things."
On the effect of home-course advantage ... "I think there is a little bit of a home-course advantage. The last time I was there I played pretty well, so I have a good feeling going back. So, we'll see."
On the diversity of this season, playing match-play and stroke-play events ... "It's really good in preparing you for what you'll come to expect in the postseason, because the National Championship is obviously a match-play tournament. Most teams probably don't play a lot of that, so that has been something that has been very useful because I, in my junior golf, didn't play a lot of match play."
On his excitement for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament ... "I can't wait. I really hope that we play well. I think we got snubbed a little falling to a fourth seed, and we're in a tough region, but I think we'll be alright."
On which is better, the Super Bowl or NCAA Tournament ... "I like the NCAA Tournament more for drama. Who doesn't love the buzzer-beaters and the Cinderella stories?"
On updates of the Weisfeld Center Ping Pong championships ... "Miguel (Echavarria) has been playing really well lately. Miguel, at this point might be No. 1, I would have to say. Nick (Pumford) has probably fallen to a solid three."
Last Time Out
Closing its spring break training trip, four starters finished among the top eight individually as Michigan tied for second among the four-team field with a 927 54-hole total at the 2013 Colleton River Collegiate played at the Colleton River Plantation Club. Chris O'Neill was the top finishing Wolverine with a 232 total, which was good for seventh, while Andrew Yeager, Matt Alessi, Brett McIntosh and Miguel Echavarria, playing as individual, all tied for eighth. [ Recap ]
Sat-Sun., April 6-7 -- at Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
Fri-Sun., April 26-28 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423