May 17, 2011
Next on the Tee
It's regional time! The University of Michigan men's golf team will play in its fourth straight NCAA regional when the Wolverines head to Zionsville, Ind., Thursday through Saturday (May 19-21) for the NCAA Central Regional. The regional, hosted by Big Ten mate Indiana, will be played at Wolf Run Golf Course and will be set up for a par 71, 7,025 yards.
The Regional Schedule
Tuesday, May 17 -- Registration
Wednesday, May 18 -- Practice Round, 8:50 a.m. (1st tee)
Thursday, May 19 -- First Round, 8:50 a.m. (1st tee, paired with Indiana & Florida State)
Friday, May 20 -- Second Round, 8 a.m. (10th tee, paired with Indiana & Florida State)
Saturday, May 21 -- Final Round, TBD by team position (tee times from 7:30 to 9:50 a.m.)
The Regional Field
Michigan has played against eight of the 14 teams in the Indiana Region field. The full listing for the regional includes (with U-M record): Alabama (0-1), Illinois (0-3), Iowa (1-3), Stanford (0-1), Wake Forest (0-1), Tennessee (1-0-1), Indiana (1-3), Florida State, Michigan, Charlotte (1-1), Memphis, Wichita State, UMKC and Sacred Heart. There are five individuals invited to NCAA Central Regional: Eric Steger (Ball State), Nathan Sutherland (Miami, Ohio), Cameron Carrico (Murray State), Johan Ericksson (Eastern Kentucky) and Michael Powell (IUPUI).
The Other Regional Sites
Including the NCAA Central Regional, there are six total regional sites. The five remaining regional sites for 2011 include: Virginia Tech hosting at the Pete Dye River Course (Blacksburg, Va.), Florida hosting at the Golden Ocala Golf Club (Ocala, Fla.), Colorado hosting at the Colorado National Golf Club (Erie, Colo.), Arizona hosting at the Omni Tucson National Resort (Tucson, Ariz.), and San Diego hosting at Farms Golf Course (Rancho Santé Fe, Calif.).
How to Advance to the NCAA Finals
The top five teams and low individual, not on a qualifying team, from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, to be held Wednesday through Sunday, May 31-June 5, at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
The Regional Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player team to the NCAA Central Regional. Senior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School), junior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview), sophomore Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), freshman Joey Garber (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey) and senior Alexander Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]) and sophomore Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's HS), who will travel as an emergency substitute,are all making the trip to Zionsville, Ind.
Lion Kim -- 2010 (Central: t-28th, 213), 2009 (Southwest: t-18th, 222), 2008 (Central: t-85th, 231)
Alexander Sitompul -- 2010 (Central: t-19th, 210), 2009 (Southwest: t-31, 225), 2008 (Central: t-33rd, 225)
Matt Thompson -- 2010 (Central: t-6th, 208), 2009 (Southwest: t-23rd, 223)
Jack Schultz -- 2010 (Central: t-66th, 227)
Joey Garber -- first NCAA regional
We Have Been Here Before
Michigan is no stranger to the Wolf Run Golf Course, having played an event there the last five seasons. The Wolverines began this season's schedule playing in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, tying for ninth (891). All five regional starters competed in the event, with Alexander Sitompul leading U-M tying for 15th (221). Michigan has a total of three top-five finishes at Wolf Run, including a team title in 2008 (880). Other U-M finishes at Wolf Run include a runner-up finish in 2007 (868), fourth in 2009 (874) and eight in 2006 (911).
Wolverines at Wolf Run
2010 -- 9th (294-294-303/891)
2009 - 4th (293-294-287/874)
2008 -- 1st (286-294-300/880)
2007 -- 2nd (283-286-299/868)
2006 -- 8th (300-299-312/911)
Per Round: 294.93
Per 54-Hole: 884.80
2010 -- t-15th (74-74-73/231)
2008 -- t-24th (75-76-75/226)
Per Round: 74.50
Per 54-Hole: 228.50
2010 -- t-23rd (76-72-75/223)
2009 -- t-42nd (78-75-73/226)
2008 -- 5th (74-70-75/219)
2007 -- t-11th (71-71-75/217)
Per Round: 73.75
Per 54-Hole: 221.25
2010 -- t-54th (72-75-82/229)
2009 -- 3rd (69-69-67/205 (-8))
Per Round: 72.33
Per 54-Hole: 217.00
2010 -- t-58th (72-80-78/230)
2009 -- t-42nd (75-75-76/226)
Per Round: 76.00
Per 54-Hole: 228.00
2010 -- t-72nd (85-73-77/235)
Per Round: 78.33
Per 54-Hole: 235.00
Maize and Blue Jewel Selected for Regional
Michigan and U-M Golf Course have been selected as one of six regional host sites for the 2012 NCAA Regional Championships. The three-day, 54-hole event will run Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19, 2012. The U-M Golf Course, which has hosted a total of 11 conference championships, last hosted an NCAA event when the women's program hosted the 2007 NCAA Central Regional. The men's program has hosted NCAA events in 1996 with the NCAA Central Regional and in 1947, when the NCAA Finals were played at the U-M Golf Course.
Regional Bids Keep Coming
Michigan has been selected to four straight NCAA Regionals. The selection marks U-M's 34th NCAA postseason appearance and the program's sixth regional since the format changed to regional play. The Wolverines have participated in four previous central regionals (1997, 2000, '08, '10) and one southwest regional (2009). In his coaching career, U-M head coach Andrew Sapp had made 13 trips to the NCAA, taking three different schools to the championship event.
Remembering the 2009 NCAA Postseason Run
In the 2008-09 season, U-M earned its 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 after closing sixth as a team. After a first-round win over USC, U-M closed with a third-place finish after they lost to eventual champion Texas A&M in the semifinal.
Playing in the Red
Lion Kim has shot 14 of his 28 rounds at par or better. He leads U-M with a 72.54 per-round average, which is on pace to break the U-M single-season record set last year by teammate Matt Thompson (72.00). Joey Garber, who is averaging 74.39, continues his stellar first-year campaign, shooting 12 of his 33 rounds at par or better.
A Wolverine Also Goes Perfect
Joey Garber went a perfect 3-0 at the 2011 Big Ten Match Play. In three years of the conference event, U-M has had a freshman go undefeated in three consecutive events. Matt Thompson went 3-0 in the inaugural event in 2009, while Jack Schultz went 2-0-1 at last year's event.
Give the Nod to Whitten, Again
For the second straight year, assistant coach Chris Whitten was named one of five finalists for the Jan Strickland Award, by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. The Strickland Award winner, to be announced May 28, will receive an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif., to further his professional development.
The Tradition Like No Other
Lion Kim competed in the 2011 Masters after earning invitation following his win at the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. After opening with a 76, Kim rallied posting an even-par 72 in the second round but missed the cut by three strokes. To find out more about Kim's incredible week, please visit his Masters Central page.
Practice Facility on its Way
In July (2010), the U-M Board of Regents approved the schematic design of the new practice facility for the men's and women's golf programs. The $2.5 million, 10,000 gross-square-foot facility designed by Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative will be funded by athletic resources and gifts. The new building, set off South Main Street on the west side of the driving range of the U-M Golf Course, will provide space for functional training, meeting and practice for golf teams.
Tue-Sun., May 31-June 6 -- at NCAA Championships (Stillwater, Okla.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423