April 2, 2014
In the Spotlight: Reed Hrynewich
Sat-Sun., April 5-6 -- at Aggie Invitational (Bryan, Texas)
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Next on the Tee: Aggie Invitational
The University of Michigan men's golf team will travel to Bryan, Texas, to compete in the Aggie Invitatonal on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6). The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Traditions Club, and the course will be set up to play a par of 72 and 7,146 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 12 teams competing in the Aggie Invitational: Arkansas, Cal, Kent State, LSU, Michigan, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Pacific, San Diego State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Texas A&M is the tournament host.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, April 5 -- First and Second Rounds (36), tee times on No. 1 and 10 from 7:30-9:20 a.m. CDT
Sunday, April 6 -- Final Round (18), tee times on No. 1 and 10 from 7:30-8:51 a.m. CDT
The Michigan Lineup
Michigan will travel five players to the Aggie Invitational. The starting lineup for U-M 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 Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) and freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS).
After competing in five events during the fall season, the Wolverines will play their fourth of five regular-season spring events on the schedule. U-M will make its first appearance at the Texas A&M event.
Chris O'Neill's tie for sixth place at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11) marked his third top-10 finish of the season, most among U-M players, and matched his total number of top-10 finishes from a year ago. He has shot nine of his 21 total rounds under par this season and has finished as the top Wolverine in 12 of his 20 career events.
Noori Hyun earned his first top-10 finish of the season and the third of his career by tying for eighth at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11). Hyun was the top-finishing Wolverine two weeks before at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25), setting the pace for the first time since he led U-M to a first-place finish in the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12, 2013).
As part of his finish in Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25), Noori Hyun set season-low 18-hole and career-low 54-hole scores, 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).
The team's fourth-place finish at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11) marked the third time this season that two Wolverines have placed in the top 10 in one tournament (Chris O'Neill, tie-6th; Noori Hyun, tie-8th) and the first time since O'Neill (first) and Brett McIntosh (tie-3rd) accomplished the feat at the Windon Memorial (Sept. 22-23).
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 20 consecutive events. The two were the only players to start all four matches for U-M in the Big Ten Match Play Championship, where the team earned a perfect 4-0 record to win the event, and they are the only two Wolverines to start in all eight events so far this season. Five other Wolverines have at least three starts.
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 (Sept. 16-17) and followed by winning his first collegiate title at the Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 22-23), 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 Big Ten Match Play Championship title (Feb. 14-15).
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 12 of his 20 career 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.
Reed Hrynewich has started five of the last six events in his first season and prepares to make his sixth career start this weekend. He earned the first top-20 finish of his career with a tie for 13th place as an individual in the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11).
As part of his tie for 13th in U-M's last event, Reed Hrynewich carded a 70 in the second round to set a new career-low 18-hole score after shooting a then-career-low 71 in the opening round. His 218 total also marked a 54-hole career best.
Tom Swanson prepares to make his third start in the last four events and his fourth career start overall at the Aggie Invitaional. 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, a mark he matched with his second-round score at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11).
Michigan's roster features two lefthanded golfers in 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 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 earned a fourth-place finish with an 871 total (291-286-294) at the Lamkin San Diego Classic, played March 10-11 at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. The Maize and Blue featured four players in the top 25 of the field, paced by Chris O'Neill's 214 total (69-74-71), which tied him for sixth place, his third top-10 finish of the season. Noori Hyun tied for eighth place with a 215 total (74-70-71), while Reed Hrynewich set career-best 18 hole (70) and 54-hole (218) scores to earn a tie for 13th as an individual, his first career top-20 finish. Andrew Yeager tied for 25th with a 222 total (75-71-76) while playing as an individual, and Brett McIntosh (73-79-76) and Tom Swanson (78-79-71) tied for 42nd place with 228 totals. Playing as an individual, Bryce Evon rounded out the scoring with a 233 total (81-75-77) to tie for 59th place. [ Recap ]
Sat-Sun., April 12-13 -- at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
Fri-Sun., May 2-4 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Contact: Chad Shepard