U-M Honors Legendary Coaches with Team Awards
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May 28, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head men's golf coach Chris Whitten announced today (Tuesday, May 28) the naming of two team awards after U-M legendary coaches Thomas Trueblood and Jim Carras while also reinstating the Bert Katzenmeyer Award for low scoring average.

"When we decided to create the new awards last year, we knew in the future we would find a way to honor them with all the tradition and history we have with the Michigan golf program," said Whitten. "We could not think of two people who deserve that acknowledgment more than Thomas Trueblood and Jim Carras. It's important that our current players understand the history of our program; these special recognitions will motivate them each season and connect them to our successful past."

Trueblood's name will don the team's most improved player award, which was established last year. U-M's first coach in program history (1920-26), Trueblood guided the Wolverines to back-to-back national titles (1934 and 1935) and coached two NCAA individual champions -- John Fischer (1932) and Chuck Kocsis (1936). In his 15 seasons as head coach, he won five Big Ten titles, with eight runner-up finishes and six Big Ten individual medalists. He led U-M to a 71-9-2 match play record. Trueblood was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1981. Senior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) was the 2013 honoree.

Carras' name will adorn the team's award for development throughout the season, which was awarded this year to freshman Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School). Spending two decades (1982-2002) guiding the U-M program, Carras helped U-M to two NCAA regional appearances and advance to the NCAA Finals in 1992. He won eight team titles and helped 15 players to medalist honors during his tenure. With more than 10 All-Big Ten selections and nine All-American Scholars to his credit, Carras added coaching U-M's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year recipient, Andy Matthews in 1999, as well as guiding Michael Harris to All-America honors in 1998 and 2000.

After establishing the Bert Katzenmeyer Award for lowest scoring average in 1971, the clubhouse trophy was discovered and updated in 2003. The award is in honor of Katzenmeyer, who led U-M for 21 years. He guided U-M to 10 NCAA Finals appearances, with a runner-up finish in 1952. He won two Big Ten titles, had six runner-up finishes and led U-M to a 124-90-6 record with eight team tournament titles. Freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) was the 2013 recipient with a 73.96 per-round average to become the second U-M freshman to win the Katzenmeyer award.

Tom Trueblood Award Most Improved Player
Miguel Echavarria -- 2012
Matt Alessi -- 2013

Jim Carras Award Development throughout Season
Noori Hyun -- 2012
Brett McIntosh -- 2013

Bert Katzenmeyer Award Lowest Scoring Average
Neil Spitlany -- 1971
Jon Dale -- 1972
Tom McParlan -- 1973
Tom McParlan -- 1974
Harvey Ely -- 1975
Frank Sims, Ken Walchuck -- 1976
John Morgan -- 1977
Frank Sims (Jr.) -- 1978 (75.91)
Steve Maddalena (Fr.) -- 1979
John Morse (So.) -- 1980 (74.88)
John Morse (Jr.) -- 1981 (74.77)
Ed Humenik (Jr.) -- 1982 (76.58)
Dan Roberts (So.) -- 1983 (76.10)
Dan Roberts (Jr.) -- 1984 (76.32)
Dan Roberts (Sr.) -- 1985 (75.16)
Chris Westfall (Sr.) -- 1986 (77.44)
Scott Chipokas (Sr.) -- 1987 (76.09)
Hersh Patel (So.) -- 1988 (77.00)
Hersh Patel (Jr.) -- 1989 (75.30)
Chris Pond (Sr.) -- 1990 (76.16)
Dean Kobane (Jr.) -- 1991 (73.54)
Dean Kobane (Sr.) -- 1992 (74.50)
Anthony Dietz (Sr.) -- 1993 (75.29)
Kyle Dobbs (Fr.) -- 1994 (76.12)
Chris Brockway (R-Jr.) -- 1995 (74.48)
Kyle Dobbs (Jr.) -- 1996 (76.48)
Kyle Dobbs (Sr.) -- 1997 (74.08)
Michael Harris (R-So.) -- 1998 (72.41)
Michael Harris (R-Jr.) -- 1999 (72.72)
Michael Harris (5th-Sr.) -- 2000 (72.23)
Scott Hayes (5th-Sr.) -- 2001 (73.97)
Andy Matthews (Sr.) -- 2002 (73.96)
Dave Nichols (Jr.) -- 2003 (75.97)
Christian Vozza (So.) -- 2004 (75.00)
Christian Vozza (Jr.) -- 2005 (74.71)
Brandon Duff (Sr.) -- 2006 (74.97)
Tim Schaetzel (Jr.) -- 2007 (74.81)
Tim Schaetzel (Sr.) -- 2008 (73.63)
Lion Kim (So.) -- 2009 (72.89)
Matt Thompson (So.) -- 2010 (72.00)
Lion Kim (Sr.) -- 2011 (72.09)
Matt Thompson (Sr.) -- 2012 (72.06)
Chris O'Neill (Fr.) -- 2013 (73.96)

Coach: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

   

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