April 10, 2014
In the Spotlight: Noori Hyun
Sat-Sun., April 12-13 -- at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
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Next on the Tee: NYX Hoosier Invitational
The University of Michigan men's golf team will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the NYX Hoosier Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 12-13). The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at the Indiana University Golf Course, and the course will be set up to play a par of 71 and 6,813 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 14 teams competing in the NYX Hoosier Invitational: Akron, Butler, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University Purdue-University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Michigan, Oakland, Toledo, Western Illinois, Xavier and Youngstown State. Indiana University is the tournament host.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, April 12 -- First and Second Rounds (36), shotgun start TBA
Sunday, April 13 -- Final Round (18), shotgun start TBA
The Michigan Lineup
Michigan will travel seven players to the NYX Hoosier Invitational, including five starters. The starting lineup for U-M will feature sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]), freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS), freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) and freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey SS). Sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario/Saunders SS) and sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) will also compete as individuals.
Wrapping up the regular-season schedule with its fifth and final spring tournament before the Big Ten Championships, U-M returns to the Hoosier Invitational for the second straight year. The Maize and Blue placed third in an 18-team field one year ago, led by a tie for fourth from Brett McIntosh and three total top-20 finishes.
Noori Hyun earned his third top-20 finish of the season and was the top-finishing Wolverine for the second time in the last three events at the Aggie Invitational (April 5-6). When Hyun tied for 12th at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25), the finish marked his first time pacing the Wolverines since he led them to a first place in the Detroit Golf Club Invitational (April 12, 2013), and he helped U-M match its highest team finish in 12 years at the Puerto Rico Classic (tie-6th, 2008).
Noori Hyun has lowered his scoring average by more than two and a half strokes to a career-best 74.58 this season. His 210 total at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 23-25) is a career-best 54-hole score, and he has also set career-best marks in rounds under par (5) and winning percentage (49.4 percent) during the season.
With a pair of top-five finishes and a trio of top-10 finishes, Chris O'Neill leads Michigan in both categories; his three tournaments finishing in the top 10 match his total number from a year ago. His 66 final-round score and his 206 total at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 16-17) are the best 18 and 54-hole scores by any U-M player this season.
Chris O'Neill has shot 10 of his 24 total rounds under par this season and leads U-M with 14 of 24 total rounds at or under par (58.3 percent). His 72.50 scoring averages and 72.6 winning percentage also pace the Maize and Blue.
Chris O'Neill has not missed a start in his career; the NYX Hoosier Invitational will mark his 22nd consecutive start. Each of U-M's six other players has at least four starts, including four with seven or more. .
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).
With a start at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, Reed Hrynewich will have started seven of the last eight events in his first season. 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 at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 10-11), 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 fifth start in the last six events this season, his fifth overall, at the NYX Hoosier Invitational. 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 left-handed 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 tied for ninth place with a 926 team total (316-303-307) at the Aggie Invitational, played April 5-6 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The Maize and Blue featured a pair of top-25 finishers in Noori Hyun (tie-19th), who shot a 226 total, and Chris O'Neill (tie-21st), who finished just one stroke behind his teammate. Behind Hyun and O'Neill, Tom Swanson tied for 48th place with a 237 total, while Brett McIntosh tied for 56th with a 241 total. Reed Hrynewich rounded out the scoring for U-M by placing 63rd with a 244 total. [ Recap ]
Fri-Sun., May 2-4 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Thu-Sat., May 15-17 -- at NCAA Regional
Contact: Chad Shepard