This Week in Michigan Men's Golf: Wolverine Intercollegiate

Sept. 2, 2014


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THIS WEEK
Sat-Sun., Sept. 6-7 -- host Wolverine Intercollegiate (U-M Golf Course)
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Next on the Tee
It's time to tee off the 2014-15 season! The University of Michigan men's golf team will host the 2014 Wolverine Intercollegiate, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-7) at the U-M Golf Course. There will be 11 teams and 11 individuals in the field, playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. Scoring will be played as five players, count the low four totals. The U-M Golf Course will be set up for a par 71 and 6,704 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 11 teams and 11 individuals competing at the 2014 Wolverine Intercollegiate, including Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Harvard, Kansas, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, San Jose State, Wichita State, Wisconsin and Xavier. The list of teams with an individual competing will be Michigan (3x), Eastern Michigan (2x), Kansas, Penn State, Rutgers, Wichita State, Wisconsin and Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 5 -- Practice Rounds beginning at 10 a.m. (tee times)
Saturday, Sept. 6 -- First Round (18), begins at 8 a.m. (tee times off No 1 & 10)
Saturday, Sept. 6 -- Second Round (18), begins at 1 p.m. (tee times off No. 1 & 10)
Sunday, Sept. 7 -- Final Round (18), begins at 8 a.m. (tee times off No. 1 & 10)

The Tournament Pairings (Day 1)
Group 1 (Hole 1): Penn State, Xavier, Wichita State, 8 a.m.
Group 2 (Hole 1): Wisconsin, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, 8:45 a.m.
Group 3 (Hole 10): Michigan, San Jose State, Kansas, 8 a.m.
Group 4 (Hole 10): Rutgers, Fresno State, Individuals, 8:45 a.m.
Group 5 (Hole 10): Individuals, 9:30 a.m.

The Michigan Lineup
With qualifying continuing through Thursday (Sept. 4), the Michigan lineup has yet to be determined. The Wolverines will have all eight team members compete at the home event. The list will include: senior Noori Hyun, junior Brett McIntosh, junior Chris O'Neill, junior Andrew Yeager, sophomore Bryce Evon, sophomore Reed Hrynewich, sophomore Tom Swanson and freshman Kyle Mueller.

The Home Tournament Notables

• Michigan has hosted 35 events at the U-M Golf Course since 1942. The last time U-M hosted an event at home last year's Wolverine Intercollegiate.

• Michigan has nine total team titles in 35 events played at the U-M Golf Course. The Wolverines have six individual titles with the last coming by Christian Vozza at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate.

• U-M's last win at a home event was during the 2009 Wolverine Intercollegiate, which was held at U-M's Radrick Farms. The year prior, U-M won the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate at the U-M Golf Course.

• Michigan's last individual win in Ann Arbor was during the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate, after Christian Vozza (2003-06) won with an eight-under 205 (67-69-69).

• The U-M Golf Course record for the lowest 54-hole team total is a 13-under 839 (281-275-283) by California during the 2011 Wolverine Intercollegiate and 13-under 839 (277-275-287) by Michigan at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate.

• The U-M Golf Course record for the lowest team single round was 272 by USC at the 2012 NCAA Regional. The lowest regular-season event team total was 273 by Minnesota during the 1999 Wolverine Invitational.

• The U-M Golf Course record for the lowest 54-hole individual tally is a 14-under 199 (66-65-68) by Ohio State's Kevin Hall during the 2004 Big Ten Championships hosted by the Wolverines. Minnesota's James McLean holds the regular-season record with a 202 (69-63-70) at the 1999 Wolverine Invitational.

• The U-M Golf Course record for the lowest individual-round score is an eight-under 63, held by two players. The first was fired in the second round by Minnesota's James McLean during the 1999 Wolverine Invitational. The score was equaled by California's Joel Stalter in the second round of the 2011 Wolverine Intercollegiate.

WOLVERINE BITES

• Michigan will play in 10 regular-season events this season, including hosting the 2014 Wolverine Intercollegiate and the 2015 Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in March. U-M will also defend its team title at the Big Ten Match Play Championships in mid-February.

• Starting with the home opening Wolverine Intercollegiate, Michigan gets off to a quick start to the 2014 fall season, playing three consecutive weekends to start September. Following the Wolverine, U-M heads for Illinois' Fighting Illini Invitational (Sept. 12-14) and closes with Northwestern's Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 21-22).

• Michigan will have only one senior on its 2014-15 roster. Noori Hyun, who has started 26 of 30 career events, will be the elder statesmen of the squad. The rest of the Wolverine roster features three juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

• Michigan welcomes just one newcomer to the roster -- Kyle Mueller. The native of Athens, Ga., prepped at Athens Academy and was a three-time GHSA All-State performer. During his career, he helped Athens Academy to a runner-up team finish at the 2014 Class A GHSA State Finals, finishing fourth individually (72) and a pair of sixth place team finishes in 2012 and 2013. He also led Athens Academy to three straight Class A Regional titles.

• Junior Chris O'Neill, who was an invited individual to the 2014 NCAA Regional and an All-Big Ten second team selection, returns having started 24 consecutive events during his first two seasons. He has led the team in scoring during each season, cracking U-M's top-five all-time as a freshman (73.96, 3rd) and as a sophomore (73.03, 4th).

• In 24 career events, O'Neill has 11 top-20 finishes, with seven among the top 10 and five top five, including an individual title at the 2013 Windon Memorial Classic.

• Junior Brett McIntosh has played in 23 consecutive events. After posting a freshman scoring average of 74.75, he shaved a stroke last season with his 73.74 per-round average. He had four top-10 finishes a year ago, including winning his first event -- the 2014 NYX Hoosier Invitational.

• After missing the first three fall events last year due to a thumb injury, sophomore Tom Swanson is ready to compete for full season. He closed last year averaging 76.67 strokes per round, starting five of six events.

• Michigan's roster features two left-handed golfers -- sophomore Brett McIntosh and freshman Reed Hrynewich. U-M's last lefty was Kevin Dore (2004-07).

UP NEXT
Fri-Sun., Sept. 12-14 -- at Fighting Illini Invitational (Olympia Fields, Ill.)
Sun-Mon., Sept. 21-22 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Skokie, Ill.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423