O'Neill Earns Spot on All-Big Ten Second Team
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May 7, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Big Ten Conference announced today (Wednesday, May 7) that University of Michigan sophomore men's golfer Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) was named to the All-Big Ten second team, as voted by the conference's coaches, while freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey SS) was named as Michigan's Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree.

In his sophomore season, O'Neill led the Wolverines in a team-high seven of 11 events, with a trio of top-five finishes and four tournaments among the field's top 10. The medalist honors he earned at the Windon Memorial (Sept. 22-23) gave him his first career win, and came just one week after a runner-up finish at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 16-17), where he used a final-round 66 to finish with a career-low score of 206, tying for the third-lowest 54-hole total in U-M history.

O'Neill was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on three occasions, picking up the honor in back-to-back weeks. His final conference distinction of the regular season came after he led the Wolverines to their first-ever Big Ten Match Play championship (Feb. 14-15) with a team-best 3-1 record to begin the spring campaign.

O'Neill is the 25th player in U-M history to be named to the All-Big Ten team, and the most recent since former Wolverine Matt Thompson was given the honor in 2012. Since head coach Chris Whitten joined the U-M staff as an assistant coach in 2006, the Maize and Blue have had six total players named to the All-Conference team, including O'Neill.

With a 72.84 scoring average for the season, a mark that ranks eighth all-time at Michigan among single-season scoring averages, O'Neill is not far off the school record of 72.00 set by Thompson during the 2009-10 campaign. O'Neill also paced the Wolverines in rounds under par (12) and winning percentage (73.4 percent) this season, and was invited to participate as an individual at NCAA Regionals earlier this week.

He will play a practice round at Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Ill., on Wednesday, May 14, before competition begins on Thursday, with the first of three single rounds for the weekend (May 15-17).

2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Postseason Awards

First Team
BRIAN CAMPBELL, Illinois
CHARLIE DANIELSON, Illinois
THOMAS DETRY, Illinois
STEVEN IHM, Iowa
Jose Mendez, Minnesota
JACK PERRY, Northwestern

Second Team
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Ian Vandersee, Iowa
Chris O'Neill, Michigan
Boo Timko, Ohio State
Adam Schenk, Purdue
Austin Eoff, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brian Campbell, Illinois

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jose Mendez, Minnesota

COACH OF THE YEAR
John Carlson, Minnesota

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Jonathan Hauter, Illinois
Hugo Menendez, Indiana
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Bryce Evon, Michigan
Carson Castellani, Michigan State
Jon DuToit, Minnesota
Josh Reinertson, Nebraska
Bennett Lavin, Northwestern
Boo Timko, Ohio State
Geoff Vartelas, Penn State
Adam Schenk, Purdue
Ben Skogen, Wisconsin

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

O'Neill Chosen to Play in NCAA Regional at Northern Illinois

Contact: Chad Shepard