Weekly Release #12: Wolverines Begin NCAA Trek at Central Regional
MGOBLUE Andrew Sapp leads U-M to a third straight NCAA Regional.
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Andrew Sapp leads U-M to a third straight NCAA Regional.
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May 17, 2010

THIS WEEK
Thu-Sat., May 20-22 -- at NCAA Central Regional (South Bend, Ind.)
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Next on the Tee
After garnering its third straight NCAA Regional invitation, the University of Michigan men's golf team will begin NCAA postseason play at the Central Regional, Thursday through Saturday (May 20-22), at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. There will 14 teams and five individuals among the field with the top five teams and low individual not on a qualifying team from each regional advancing to the NCAA Championships (June 1-6) at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Central Regional will feature three days of 18 holes played at the Warren Golf Course, which will be set up for a par 70, 7,020 yards

The Central Regional Field
Michigan has played against nine of the 14 teams in the NCAA Central Regional field this season. The full listing for the regional includes (with U-M record): No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Florida State (0-2), No. 4 Duke (1-1), No. 5 LSU (0-1), No. 6 N.C. State (0-1), No. 7 Iowa (0-2), No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Northwestern (0-4), No. 10 Indiana (2-1), No. 11 Virginia Tech (2-2), No. 12 Murray State (1-0), No. 13 Detroit and No. 14 St. Francis (Pa.). There are five individuals invited to NCAA Central Regional: Michigan State's Jack Newman, Minnesota's Ben Pisani, Purdue's Erich Johnston, Youngstown State's Ryan Stocke and Iona's Doug Hoppe.

Remaining NCAA regional Sites
• East: The Course at Yale (New Haven, Conn.) -- Yale, host
• Southeast: Capital City Club at Crabapple (Alpharetta, Ga.) -- Georgia Tech, host
• Southwest: Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas) -- Texas A&M, host
• West: Carlton Oaks Golf Course (Santee, Calif.) -- San Diego State, host
• Northwest: Gold Mountain Golf Club (Bremerton, Wash.) -- Washington, host

The Central Schedule
• Wednesday, May 19 -- Practice Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m. off No. 10
• Thursday, May 20 -- First Round (18) -- 8:50 a.m. off No. 1 with Iowa and Northwestern
• Friday, May 21 -- Second Round (18) -- re-paired by position, 8 a.m. (tee times)
• Saturday, May 22 -- Final Round (18) -- re-paired by position, 8 a.m. (tee times)

First Day Central Regional Pairings
No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Florida State -- 8 a.m. off No. 1
No. 4 Duke, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 N.C. State -- 8:20 a.m. off No. 10
No. 7 Iowa, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Northwestern -- 8:50 a.m. off No. 1
No. 10 Indiana, No. 11 Virginia Tech, No. 12 Murray State -- 9:10 off No. 10
No. 13 Detroit, No. 14 and individuals -- 9:40 a.m. off No. 1

The Central Regional Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player team to the 2010 NCAA Central Regional. 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).

NCAA Experience
Lion Kim -- third appearance: 2008 regional (t-85th, 231); 2009 regional (t-18th, 222), finals (t-13th, 213), match play (1-1)
Alexander Sitompul -- third appearance: 2008 regional (t-33rd, 225); 2009 regional (t-31st, 225), finals (6th, 211), match play (1-1)
Matt Thompson -- second appearance: 2009 regional (t-23rd, 223), finals (t-36th, 219), match play (1-0-1)
Jack Schultz -- first NCAA postseason appearance
Rahul Bakshi -- first NCAA postseason appearance

The Inside Scoop, Yet Again
Michigan will have a little home course advantage for the second straight year in the NCAA postseason. Assistant Chris Whitten was a key contributor to U-M's success at the Inverness Club at the NCAA Finals; Whitten was an assistant pro for one year at the host site. Now, as the Wolverines head to Notre Dame's Warren Course, Whitten will be instrumental yet again; he played golf and graduated from Notre Dame and served as an assistant coach with the Irish for two years.

Recapping Last Season's NCAA Postseason Run
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.

The Unanimous Choice
Jack Schultz became only the second U-M player to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, following Andy Matthews' (1999-2002) selection in 1999. In his first season, Schultz has started all 11 events and is currently on pace to set the freshman scoring average record with a 73.47 per-round average. He has shot 10 of his 30 rounds at or below par this season, including a career-best and U-M season-best, six-under 66 -- shot in the first round of the 2009 Bridgestone Intercollegiate. Schultz was named to the all-tournament team at the 2010 Big Ten Championships. His fifth-place finish marked the highest-ever finish by a U-M freshman and his total of 287 (69-73-71-74) set the U-M freshman 72-hole scoring record. He was also named to the all-tournament team at the Big Ten Match Play Championships after posting a 2-0-1 record.

All-Conference Nods
Matt Thompson and Lion Kim were both honored with All-Big Ten second team selections. This season, Thompson has started all 11 events and leads U-M with a 72.30 scoring average, which is on pace to set the U-M sophomore scoring record. He has five top-10 finishes with three of those being in the top five, including the medalist runner-up finish at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, tallying U-M's second-best 72-hole total of all-time with a one-under 283.

Kim has started 12 events this season, playing in an extra event at the Western Refining All-American Golf Classic in November. He is carrying a 72.39 scoring average, which is on pace to set the U-M junior season record. Kim has finished as the top Wolverine in six of 12 events, with a career-best tie for second at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farm, shooting a career-best, nine-under 207 in 54 holes.

What a Resume
So far this season, U-M has one team title, six top-five finishes in 11 events and is on pace to break the team scoring average record for the third straight campaign. The Wolverines, who are averaging 291.27 per team round, earned their third straight trip to an NCAA Regional, and will play at the Central Regional in South Bend, Ind. Michigan's fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships marked the best finish for the Wolverines under eight-year head coach Andrew Sapp.

Re-Writing that Record Again
Currently, Michigan is averaging 291.27 per team round. 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 of 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 11 of its 30 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 below 73 strokes in a season. Currently, he is on pace to do it again with a 72.39 average. However, Matt Thompson could become just the third Wolverine to average below 73 in a season as he leads U-M with a 72.30 per-round average. The Maize and Blue duo is just behind 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 Second Best of All-Time
Matt Thompson's one-under 283 (73-69-68-73) at the Big Ten Championships was the second-best 72-hole tally in the history of the program. Thompson recorded 14 total birdies and 45 pars in his 72 holes at the conference tournament. During the entire event, he did not post anything above a bogey. U-M All-American Michael Harris (1997-2000) holds the all-time record at 278 (69-70-68-71) set at the 1999 Big Ten Championships.

Erase the Records Again
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 (2003-06) 205 (67-69-69) performance that he tallied at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. Overall, Bill Rankin (2006-09) holds the U-M record with an eight-under 202 (67-66-69) at the 2008 Maxwell.

Rookie History
Jack Schultz's fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships marked the highest-ever finish by a freshman. Schultz bettered former Wolverine Kevin Dore's (2004-07) tie for 10th place during the 2004 Big Ten Championships. Schultz's Big Ten total of 287 (69-73-71-74) set the U-M freshman 72-hole scoring record at the Big Ten Championships. He topped the 290 (75-72-75-68) set by Andy Matthews (1999-2002) at the 1999 Big Ten Championships.

The Near Miss
Michigan's 24-under 840 tally at the Wolverine at Radrick Farms missed the U-M 54-hole record by just 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.

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. In addition to this weekend's title, U-M won two team titles during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

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

Junior Lion Kim
• Played in 39 career tournaments, with 37 starts
• Started his last 34 events
• 2010 All-Big Ten Second Team
• Season Stroke Average: 72.39
• Season Match Play Record: 2-1
• Invited to play in 2009 Western Refining All-American Golf Classic, tied for 13th (213)
• Career Stroke Average: 73.69
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• 2009 Golf World Preseason Top 50 returning players in nation
• Helped U-M to three straight 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
• Played in 31 career tournaments, with 28 starts
• Season Stroke Average: 75.18
• Season Match Play Record: 1-1-1
• Invited to play in 2009 Western Refining All-American Golf Classic, closing 31st (225)
• Career Stroke Average: 73.91
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• Helped U-M to three straight 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 Matt Thompson
• Played in 22 career tournaments, with 19 starts
• Started his last 17 events
• 2010 All-Big Ten Second Team
• All-Tournament team at 2010 Big Ten Championships
• Medalist runner-up at 2010 Big Ten Championships, best finish for a Wolverine since 1999
• Season Scoring Average: 72.30
• Posted 15 rounds of 30 rounds at par or better this season, with nine sub-70 rounds
• Season Match Play Record: 1-2
• Posted six top-20 finishes with five top-10 and three top five in 11 events
• Shot a career-best four-under 67 in the third round of the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Career Stoke Average: 72.90
• 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 - one-under 283 (73-69-68-73) at 2010 Big Ten Championships

Freshman Rahul Bakshi
• Started all 11 events this season in first season with U-M
• Season and Career Stroke Average: 75.93
• 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 - 316 (77-79-78-82) at 2010 Big Ten Championships
• 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 Jack Schultz
• Started all 11 events this season in first season with U-M
• 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Unanimous selection and U-M's second in history
• All-Tournament Team at 2010 Big Ten Championships
• All-Tournament Team at 2010 Big Ten Match Play Championships
• Fifth-place finish at Big Ten Championships was best ever for a U-M freshman
• Season and Career Stroke Average: 73.47
• On pace to set U-M's record for freshman scoring average
• Season Match Play Record: 2-0-1
• Posted four top-20 finishes with three top-10 and one top five in 11 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 - 287 (69-73-71-74) at 2010 Big Ten Championships
• 2007 Wisconsin Player of the Year and three-time Conference Player of the Year (2007, '08, '09)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tue-Sun., June 1-6 -- at NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423