It's Championship Time! Michigan Prepares for Big Ten Championships
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April 26, 2010

THIS WEEK
Fri-Sun., April 30-May 2 -- at Big Ten Championships (Independence, Minn.)
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Next on the Tee
It's championship time! The University of Michigan men's golf team will shift its focus towards the second season as the Wolverines travel to Independence, Minn., Friday through Sunday (April 30-May 2) for the 72-hole Big Ten Championships. The conference event hosted by Minnesota will be played at Windsong Farm Golf Course. The course will be set up for a par 71, 7,346 yards

The Championship Field
All 11 conference schools will participate in the 2010 Big Ten Championships. In fact, eight of the 11 schools are rated among the top 100 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index -- No. 11 Illinois, No. 46 Iowa, No. 48 Northwestern, No. 49 Michigan, No. 62 Penn State, No. 67 Indiana, No. 82 Purdue, No. 89 Ohio State, No. 102 Minnesota, No. 112 Michigan State and No. 140 Wisconsin. By virtue of each Big Ten teams ranking, it will reflect its seeding for the championships' opening round.

The Championship Schedule
Thursday, April 29 -- Registration and Practice Round
Friday, April 30 -- First & Second Round (36) -- 8 a.m. CDT and 1 p.m. CDT tee times
Saturday, May 1 -- Third Round (18) -- 9 a.m. CDT, tee times
Sunday, May 2 -- Final Round (18) -- 8 a.m. CDT, tee times

First Day Championship Pairings
No. 1 seed Illinois, No. 2 seed Iowa -- Tee #1, 8 to 8:38 a.m. CDT
No. 3 seed Northwestern, No. 4 seed Michigan -- Tee #1, 8:45 to 9:22 a.m. CDT
No. 5 seed Penn State, No. 6 seed Indiana -- Tee #1, 9:30 to 10:08 a.m. CDT
No. 7 seed Purdue, No. 8 seed Ohio State -- Tee #10, 8 to 8:38 a.m. CDT
No. 9 seed Minnesota, No. 10 seed Michigan State, No. 11 seed Wisconsin -- Tee #10, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The Championship Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player team to the 2010 Big Ten Championships. Heading up the starters are junior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School), sophomore Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) and freshman Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), junior Alexander Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]) and freshman Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's).

Championship Experience
Lion Kim -- third appearance: 2009 (14th, 293); 2008 (t-26th, 303)
Alexander Sitompul -- third appearance: 2009 (t-17th, 295); 2008 (t-38th, 308)
Matt Thompson -- second appearance: 2009 (42nd, 302)
Jack Schultz -- first Big Ten Championships
Rahul Bakshi -- first Big Ten Championships

Can They Make It Three Straight?
So far this season, U-M has one team title, five top-five finishes in 10 events and is on pace to break the team scoring average record for the third straight season. Last season, U-M had two team titles, eight top-five finishes in 14 events and shattered the team scoring record by two strokes, closing with a 292.05 per-round. Those numbers helped the Wolverines earn their second straight NCAA regional bid. Finishing fifth in the NCAA Southwest Regional, U-M advanced to the NCAA Finals for the first time in 12 years. U-M's postseason momentum continued at the championship event as the Wolverines moved on to the NCAA Match Play Finals, where they closed third, one hole away from competing for a national title. In his coaching career, U-M head coach Andrew Sapp has 11 trips to the NCAA Finals, taking three different schools to the championship event.

Re-Writing that Record Again
Currently, Michigan is averaging 290.96 per team round in 2009-10. That current pace has the Wolverines breaking the school record for the third straight season. After breaking the school record of 295.86 (2001-02) with a total of 294.42 in 2007-08, U-M shaved two strokes off it last season, closing with a 292.05 per round tally. The Wolverines look to lower it by another stroke this season as U-M has tallied 10 of its 26 team rounds under 290, with season-best tallies of 11-under 277 in the first round of the Wolverine at Radrick Farms and in the second round of the Bridgestone Intercollegiate.

Making Possible History
With his 72.89 per-round average last season, Lion Kim became just the second Wolverine all-time to average under 73 strokes in a season. Currently he is on pace to do it again with a 72.07 average. In fact, Kim's pace is holding as the best in U-M history just ahead of Michael Harris' record of 72.23 (1999-2000). Harris is the only other Wolverine to record a single-season scoring average below 72 -- doing it three times -- 72.23 (1999-2000); 72.41 (1997-98) and 72.72 (1998-99).

The Battle for the +/- Lead
In the battle for total season rounds of par or better, Matt Thompson's two rounds of even-par 71 at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate helped him move into a tie for the team lead with Lion Kim at 13 total. Kim's second-round, one-under 70 helped him keep pace with Thompson at 13 par-or-better rounds. Jack Schultz has eight in his first season, including a U-M season-best, six-under 66 -- shot in the first round of the 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate. As a team, U-M has 45 total rounds at or below par this season.

Right on the Par
Lion Kim has been under par or at even par in a little more than half of his events this season. He posted a career-best, nine-under 207 at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms and a seven-under 209 at the 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate while posting even-par 54-hole tallies at the 2010 FAU Spring Break Championship, the 2010 Puerto Rico Classic, the 2009 Western Refining All-America Classic, where he and teammate Alexander Sitompul received special invitations to play. For the season, Kim is averaging 216.11 per 54-hole event.

Red Hot Start Paces Season
Matt Thompson began the season shooting six straight rounds of 70 or lower -- including a career-best four-under 67 in the final round of the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, which he equaled with a five-under 67 in the second round of the Bridgestone Intercollegiate four events later. This season, Thompson has posted 13 of his 26 rounds this season at or below par, with seven of those 13 below 70. After setting U-M's freshman scoring record (73.54) last season, Thompson (72.54) is just behind Michael Harris' sophomore record of 72.41.

Mark Down Another
Lion Kim's four-under 67 in the second round of the 2010 Fresno State Lexus Classic tied his career-best round and marked the third time this season he has fired the personal-record round. He has now tallied the career-best round four times in his career. He set the mark last season with a four-under 67 in the final round of the 2009 FAU/Spring Break Championship. Kim has taken over the team lead with a 72.07 per-round average, which is on pace to set the U-M single-season record.

Making an Impact
Jack Schultz has continued to make an impact in his first season. With his 73.73 per-round average, he is close to setting the freshman scoring average record of 73.54 set by Matt Thompson last season. He shot U-M's top round this season with a six-under 66 in the first round of the 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate. He has eight total rounds of par or better and has been among the top three Wolverines in seven of 10 events this season.

The Maize and Blue Trio
Twice this season, Michigan had three individuals finish among the top 10 in an event. At the 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate, Lion Kim tied for sixth, while Jack Schultz and Matt Thompson each shared the 10th position. The same trio also finished among the top 10 at the Wolverines at 2009 Radrick Farms, with Thompson and Kim sharing the runner-up spot and Schultz tying for seventh. The Maize and Blue trio closed as the top three Wolverines in all but one fall event.

The Near Miss
Michigan's 24-under 840 tally at the Wolverine at Radrick Farms just missed the U-M 54-hole record by a single stroke. The Wolverines closed as the only team to post all three rounds under par -- 11-under 277, 10-under 278 and three-under 285. The Maize and Blue's 54-hole record is 839 (277-275-287), which was totaled at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. U-M's 839 was played on a par-71 course and equals a 13-under performance, so U-M's 24-under performance at Radrick Farms sets a new U-M record for under-par team tournament score.

The Other Near Miss
Matt Thompson's career-best, eight-under 205 (69-69-67) performance at the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate tied the second-best 54-hole tournament total in U-M history. Thompson equaled Christian Vozza's 205 (67-69-69) performance that he tallied at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 24-25). Overall, Bill Rankin holds the U-M record with an eight-under 202 (67-66-69) at the 2008 Maxwell (May 10-11).

Wolverines Take Home Event Title
Michigan's team win at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms gives the Maize and Blue its 39th team win in the history of the program. It also marked the third consecutive season the Wolverines have won at least one team tournament title.

A Little Home Cooking Never Hurts
With the team title at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, U-M head coach Andrew Sapp garnered his sixth trophy with the Wolverines and the 32nd of his coaching career. Of the half dozen wins for Sapp, four have come while hosting an event. Sapp's other five titles include: 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate, 2008 Wolf Run Intercollegiate, 2007 Wolverine at Mission Inn, 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout and 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate.

PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTABLES

Senior Billy McKay
• Season Stoke Average: 77.00
• Played the three events, all as an individual
• Played in 16 career tournaments, with nine starts
• Career Stroke Average: 76.38
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best one-under 69 in the third round of the 2006 Nike Purdue Kiahuna Collegiate Invitational
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament total - 77 at the 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament total - 153 (76-77) at 2007 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - even-par 216 (72-71-73) at the 2006 Pinehurst Intercollegiate... 72-hole tournament total - 314 (74-82-79-79) at the 2007 Big Ten Championships

Senior Ross Millman
• Selected team captain for 2009-10 season by teammates and coaches
• Season Stroke Average: 77.00
• Played in U-M's home event -- 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms -- as an individual
• Played in 11 career tournaments, with eight starts
• Career Stroke Average: 76.10
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Enrolled in the U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business
• After playing in just two events his first two seasons, started eight events in 2008-09
• Helped U-M to a runner-up finish at Big Ten Match Play, posting 2-1 record
• Shot a career-best 69 in the second round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 213 (74-69-70) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none

Senior Michael Slovitt
• Season Stroke Average: 75.67
• Played in U-M's home event -- 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms -- as an individual
• Played in six career tournaments, with one start
• Career Stroke Average: 76.28
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best three-under 68 in the third round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 212 (75-69-68) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none

Junior Lion Kim
• Season Stroke Average: 72.07
• Season Match Play Record: 2-1
• Played in 38 career tournaments, with 36 starts
• Started his last 33 straight events
• Career Stroke Average: 73.64
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• 2009 Golf World Preseason Top 50 returning players in nation
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• In 2009, helped U-M to first NCAA Finals in 12 years, advancing to NCAA Match Play Finals and finishing third
• As a sophomore became just the second Wolverines to average under 73 strokes in a season (72.89)
• Given name is Jun Min Kim but goes by "Lion", which is a nickname given to him by his parents
• Shot a career-best 67, three times -- second round (-5) at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, second round (-4) at the 2010 Fresno State Lexus Classic and third round (-4) of the 2009 FAU Spring Break Championship
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament of 74 at 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament - 145 (75-70) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total of nine-under 207 (69-67-71) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms ... 72-hole tournament total of 293 (72-73-74-74) at the 2009 Big Ten Championships

Junior Alexander Sitompul
• Season Stroke Average: 76.67
• Season Match Play Record: 1-1-1
• Played in 30 career tournaments, with 27 starts
• Career Stroke Average: 73.91
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• In 2009, helped U-M to first NCAA Finals in 12 years, advancing to NCAA Match Play Finals and finishing third
• Shot a career-best four-under 67 in the first round of the 2007 Windon Memorial Classic
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 80 at 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 211 (70-71-70) at the 2009 River Landing Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - 295 (69-79-74-73) at the 2008 Big Ten Championships

Sophomore Alex Frankel
• Season Stroke Average: 75.21
• Season Match Play Record: 0-3
• Played in eight career tournaments, with six starts
• Career Stoke Average: 75.40
• Shot a career-best two-under 70 in the first round of the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 156 (81-75) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - 223 (75-74-74) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - none

Sophomore Matt Thompson
• Season Scoring Average: 72.54
• Season Match Play Record: 1-2
• Posted 13 rounds of 26 rounds at par or better this season, with seven sub-70 rounds
• Played in 21 career tournaments, with 18 starts
• Started his last 16 straight events
• Shot a career-best four-under 67 in the third round of the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Career Stoke Average: 73.06
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• In 2009, helped U-M to first NCAA Finals in 12 years, advancing to NCAA Match Play Finals and finishing third
• Known as "Mr. Match Play" after going 4-0-1 during 2008-09
• Earned All-Tournament Team honors at 2009 Big Ten Match Play Championships (3-0 in match play)
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 151 (79-72) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - eight-under 205 (69-69-67) at the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - 302 (73-74-79-76) at 2009 Big Ten Championships

Freshman Rahul Bakshi
• One of three newcomers to the Wolverines
• Started all 10 events this season
• Season and Career Stroke Average: 75.46
• Season Match Play Record: 0-3
• Shot a career-best even-par 71 in the third round of the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 152 (77-72) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - two times -- 222 (76-72-74) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms and 222 (74-72-76) at 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - none
• Born in Akron, Ohio, but grew up primarily in India
• Began playing golf in 2001, in first junior event was medalist runner-up using set of rental clubs
• Only Indian player to ever win the National Junior and National Amateur Golf Championship of India in the same year, youngest player to win the National Amateur Golf Championship of India, age 17

Freshman Miguel Echavarria
• One of three newcomers to the Wolverines
• Joined the Wolverines after walk-on tryout period in September
• Played in two events, both as individuals
• Played in first collegiate event at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, tying for 61st
• Shot a career-best even-par 72 in the second round of the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 154 (74-80) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - 228 (76-72-80) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms ... 72-hole tournament total - none
• Brother, Andres, is a junior golfer at Florida

Freshman Jack Schultz
• One of three newcomers to the Wolverines
• Started all 10 events this season
• Season Stroke Average: 73.73
• Season Match Play Record: 2-0-1
• Posted three top-20 and two top-10 finishes in 10 events
• Shot a career-best six-under 66 in the first round of the 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 156 (82-74) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - six-under 210 (69-69-72) at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms ... 72-hole tournament total - none
• 2007 Wisconsin Player of the Year and three-time Conference Player of the Year (2007, '08, '09)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thu-Sat., May 20-22 -- at NCAA Regional (Site TBD)
Tue-Sun., June 1-6 -- at NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423