April 4, 2013
Sat-Sun., April 6-7 -- at Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
No Live Scoring
Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team will close its regular season in Big Ten country as the Wolverines will head to Bloomington, Ind., Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, for Indiana's NYX Hoosier Invitational. The 54-hole event featuring a 17-team field will be played on campus at the IU Golf Course. The golf course will be set up for a par 71 and 6,813 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 17 teams in the field for the 2103 NYX Hoosier Invitational: Butler, Dayton, Detroit Mercy, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana, IPFW, IUPUI, Miami, Michigan, Oakland, Ohio, SIU Edwardsville, Toledo, Western Illinois, Wright State and Youngstown State.
The Tournament Schedule
Friday, April 5 -- Practice Round, tee times throughout the day, 9:50 a.m.
Saturday, April 6 -- First Round (18), 8:30 a.m. shotgun
Saturday, April 6 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following first round
Sunday, April 7 -- Final Round (18), 9:00 a.m. shotgun
The Wolverine Lineup
Michigan will have five starters and one individual heading to the Indiana Invitational. Freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), senior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice), freshman Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), senior Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) and sophomore Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) will make up the starting five, while freshman Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) will play as the individual.
With snow forcing the cancellation of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, Michigan has added the Detroit Golf Club Invitational for Friday, April 12. The one-day 36-hole event will feature a five-team field -- Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Toledo and Xavier. The format will be played as 6-count-5.
Chris O'Neill continues to lead Michigan with a 74.53 per-round average, while Matt Alessi is second at 75.95, and Brett McIntosh is third at 75.84. 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 seven stroke-play events, the Wolverines have had an individual finish among the top 15 six 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, tied for 11th at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate 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 six of the seven stroke-play events this season. Chris O'Neill (Windon Memorial, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Colleton River Collegiate and C&F Bank Intercollegiate) leads U-M with four, 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).
Matt Alessi, Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh are the only Wolverines to have started all nine events this season. All three are expected to play at the Hoosier Invitational.
Michigan has competed in nine 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 21st 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
On competition between freshmen ... "It's all about doing the best we can. It's great, Chris (O'Neill) and I rooming together, we are always talking about the team and how we are trying to do everything we can to help the team and bring it on ourselves. We have our little battles, a little friendly rivalry, between the two of us, and obviously we want to see each other do the best we can, but like every competitor we hate to lose."
On expectations for the Indiana Invitational ... "Guys are playing well; I think we are getting a lot of good reps in before Big Tens, and we are all hitting it really solid from what I've been seeing, so Indiana has a really nice golf course, and we are looking forward to that, and we are looking forward to getting a lot of wins this week and get over the .500 mark."
On early thoughts of the Big Ten Championships ... "We have been playing Pete Dye courses; I think we've played three this year, we've been playing in tough conditions on tough golf courses and from what I have heard, that is what Penn State will be like. We have a lot of reps under our belt that way, and we have had a lot of guys get in the lineup, this spring especially, and the team has been really competitive in practice, so it is looking good to put four days together for us."
On advantages to being a lefty ... "I remember seeing a tweet from Bubba Watson, saying people don't understand how hard it is to put left-handed, so I will make that comment sometimes. There are some courses that are set up for me sometimes better than other people, but it all depends which way you are shaping it. Luckily, I have been able to have some success on courses and find some that I like so far."
On Michigan basketball's NCAA tournament run ... "It's been great. I was able to watch the Sweet Sixteen game and the Elite Eight game when I was home on the weekend, and it's been great getting to know those guys this year and getting to see them around campus this year has been pretty cool for me. The team is getting hot, and those freshmen are doing so well. Mitch (McGary) has really been carrying those guys and doing a lot better at being aggressive, and he comes out with so much hustle that the guys are feeding off of it."
On following fellow Canadian Nik Stauskas ... "I haven't been able to see all of the Florida game because I was looking for my passport to get back, but he is such a good shooter. We will watch him when we are in the cardio room and when he is shooting well it is pretty scary to watch."
Last Time Out
Following two days of delays and the cancellation of the second round due to snow, Michigan tied for second with a one-round total of 287 at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate held at the Kingsmill Resort in Willamsburg, Va. Playing in his home state, Chris O'Neill led U-M for the second straight event and for the fourth time this season, tying for 11th with a two-under round of 70. Brett McIntosh was just a shot behind as he tied for 14th at one-over 71.
Friday, April 12 -- at Detroit Golf Club Invitational (Detroit, Mich.)
Fri-Sun., April 26-28 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423