April 30, 2014
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Fri-Sun., May 2-4 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Next on the Tee: The Big Ten Championships
It's championship season! The University of Michigan men's golf team will shift focus to its second season as the Maize and Blue travel to French Lick, Ind., Friday through Sunday (May 2-4) for the 72-hole Big Ten Championships. For the third consecutive year, the tournament will be played at a neutral site, coinciding with the women's championships last weekend. The conference tournament will be played 5-count-4 format at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, set up for a par of 72 at 7,152 yards.
The Big Ten Championships Field
All 12 conference schools will participate in the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The official seeding will be announced Thursday (May 1). According to the latest Golfstat Relative Ranking, the current seeding would be Illinois (9), Iowa (35), Purdue (43), Northwestern (50), Ohio State (63), Minnesota (73), Michigan (80), Indiana (87), Michigan State (134), Nebraska (145), Penn State (152) and Wisconsin (165).
The Big Ten Championships Schedule
Thursday, May 1 -- Registration and Practice Round
Thursday, May 1 -- Coaches' meeting at 6:15 p.m.; Banquet at 6:45 p.m.
Friday, May 2 -- First and Second Rounds (36), 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times off No. 1 and No. 10
Saturday, May 3 -- Third Round (18), 9 a.m. tee times off No. 1 and No. 10
Sunday, May 4 -- Final Round (18), 8 a.m. tee times off No. 1 and No. 10
First Day Pairings (Player Order 5-1)
First and Second Rounds
Tee #1 (8-8:32 a.m., 1:-1:32 p.m.) -- No. 1 and No. 2
Tee #1 (8:40-9:12 a.m., 1:40-2:12 p.m.) -- No. 3 and No. 4
Tee #1 (9:20-9:52 a.m., 2:20-2:52 p.m.) -- No. 5 and No. 6
Tee #10 (8-8:32 a.m., 1-1:32 p.m.) -- No. 7 and No. 8
Tee #10 (8:40-9:12 a.m., 1:40-2:12 p.m.) -- No. 9 and No. 10
Tee #10 (9:20-9:52 a.m., 2:20-2:52 p.m.) -- No. 11 and No. 12
Third and final-round pairings will be based on each team's position on the leaderboard and will follow this time schedule:
Second Day Pairings (Player Order 5-1)
Tee #1 (9-9:32 a.m.) -- No. 6 and No. 5
Tee #1 (9:40-10:12 a.m.) -- No. 4 and No. 3
Tee #1 (10:20-10:52 a.m.) -- No. 2 and No. 1
Tee #10 (9-9:32 a.m.) -- No. 12 and No. 11
Tee #10 (9:40-10:12 a.m.) -- No. 10 and No. 9
Tee #10 (10:20-10:52 a.m.) -- No. 8 and No. 7
Championship Round Pairings (Player Order 5-1)
Tee #1 (8-8:32 a.m.) -- No. 6 and No. 5
Tee #1 (8:40-9:12 a.m.) -- No. 4 and No. 3
Tee #1 (9:20-9:52 a.m.) -- No. 2 and No. 1
Tee #10 (8-8:32 a.m.) -- No. 12 and No. 11
Tee #10 (8:40-9:12 a.m.) -- No. 10 and No. 9
Tee #10 (9:20-9:52 a.m.) -- No. 8 and No. 7
The Big Ten Championship Lineup
Michigan will bring five members for the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Starting for the Wolverines will be 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 sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS).
Big Ten Championships Experience
Noori Hyun -- third: 2012 (55th, 324), 2013 (57th, 316)
Chris O'Neill -- second: 2013 (t-13, 297)
Brett McIntosh -- second: 2013 (t-15, 299)
Andrew Yeager -- first conference championship
Reed Hrynewich -- first conference championship
Michigan at the Big Ten Championships
Michigan has won 12 Big Ten championships throughout the history of the program with the last coming in the 1952 season. Individually, U-M has had 15 players win medalist honors at the conference event with the last in 1999 by Michael Harris.
U-M's conference championship lineup features a trio of players returning to the Big Ten Championships, while two Wolverines will make their first career appearance at the event. Noori Hyun leads all Michigan golfers in postseason experience, as he will compete for the conference crown for the third time this weekend.
Michigan closed out its regular season with the NYX Hoosier Invitational (April 12-13), where Brett McIntosh took home his first career medalist honors, competing as an individual. In two years at the tournament, U-M has placed eight combined individuals among the field's top 20, led by McIntosh both times (tie-4th in 2013).
As a part of its second-place team finish at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, U-M tallied its third-lowest 54-hole score of the season (865). Its marks of 283 in round one and 284 in round two rank as Michigan's second- and third-lowest team rounds this season and the lowest pair of rounds by the Maize and Blue in two years at the event.
To earn his first career win in 22 events, Brett McIntosh fired a tournament-low, career-low and U-M individual single-round season-low 65 on the final day of play to clinch the victory at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, finishing with a career-best 54-hole total of 209.
The NYX Hoosier Invitational win marks the fourth career top-five finish for Brett McIntosh, one behind Chris O'Neill for the team lead since the duo has been in Ann Arbor over the past two seasons.
Chris O'Neill's fifth-place tie in the NYX Hoosier Invitational gives him three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes this season, which surpass his marks in those categories from a season ago. He leads Michigan in both categories.
Chris O'Neill has shot 11 of his 27 total rounds under par this season and leads U-M with 16 of 27 total rounds at or under par (59.2 percent). His 72.37 scoring average and 74.2 winning percentage also pace the Maize and Blue.
With his tie for third at the NYX Hoosier Invitational while competing as an individual, Andrew Yeager earned his first career top-five finish in 13 events, shooting a career-best 54-hole total of 213 that was sparked by a career-best 68 in round two.
Reed Hrynewich has made the last seven consecutive starts in his first season. He earned his first career top-five finish by tying for fifth at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, using a career-best 68 in the opening round to finish with a career-best 54-hole total of 214. He has set new marks in those categories in two of the last three events.
Noori Hyun earned his third top-20 finish of the season and was the top-finishing Wolverine for the second time in three events with a tie for 19th 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 74.52 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 (50.3 percent) during the season.
Chris O'Neill has not missed a start in 22 career events at Michigan. Brett McIntosh is just one start behind his classmate, while four other Wolverines have tallied at least seven starts this season.
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).
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 closed out its regular season with a second-place showing with an 865 team total at the NYX Hoosier Invitational two weekends ago (April 12-13). Competing as individuals, Brett McIntosh earned his first career medalist honors with a 209 total, while Andrew Yeager earned his first top-five finish with a tie for third and a 213 total. Reed Hrynewich and Chris O'Neill were both in a tie for fifth, just a stroke behind Yeager. Bryce Evon (tie-19th, 220), Tom Swanson (tie-21st, 221) and Noori Hyun (tie-26th, 222) each finished one stroke apart, and helped U-M shoot two of its three lowest team scores all season in the tournament's first two rounds. [ Recap ]
Monday, May 5 -- NCAA Selection Announcement (Golf Channel), 10 a.m.
Thu-Sat., May 15-17 -- at NCAA Regional (site TBA)
Contact: Chad Shepard