Week #1: Wolverines Open Season at Wolf Run Intercollegiate

Sept. 7, 2010


Sat-Sun., Sept. 11-12 -- at Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Zionsville, Ind.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team will waste no time heading to its tournament schedule as the Maize and Blue opens its 2010-11 season with a trip to Indiana's Wolf Run Intercollegiate, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 11-12) at the Wolf Run Country Club in Zionsville, Ind. There will be 15 teams in the 2010 field, playing 54 holes over the two-day tournament. Scoring for the Wolf Run Intercollegiate will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected teams will be allowed an individual, including the Wolverines. There will be no live scoring for the event available. The Wolf Run Country Club will be set up for a par 72 and 7,465 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 15 schools participating in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate: Ball State, Central Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, IUPUI, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, North Florida, Northwestern, Penn State and Tulsa. The Wolverines will play with host Indiana and Illinois during the first day.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 10 -- Practice Round, teams playing throughout the day
Saturday, Sept. 11 -- First Round (18), shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Sept. 12 -- Final Round (18), tee times at 8:30 a.m. off No. 1 and 10

The Tournament Lineup
With qualifying leading up to the tournament, the Wolverines starting five, and individual, has yet to be determined. Vying for spots will be: senior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School), senior Alexander Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]), junior Alex Frankel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School), junior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS), sophomore Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's HS), sophomore Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School), sophomore Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS), freshman Matt Felsenfeld (West Bloomfield, Mich./David Leadbetter Golf Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]) and freshman Joey Garber (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey).

History at Wolf Run
Michigan has played at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in each of the last four years. In 2006, U-M closed eighth at the event before claiming runner-up in 2007. In addition in 2007, Nick Pumford (2006-09), who played as an individual, won medalist honors with a three-under 210. The following year, Michigan took home the team crown with an 880 tally, as Bill Rankin (2006-09) led U-M with a fourth-place individual finish. Last season, Matt Thompson's third-place finish helped U-M finish in fourth as a team.

Loaded Lineup
Michigan returns all five starters from a season ago. Matt Thompson broke out as a sophomore, setting the U-M record with a 72.00 per-round average to become just the third Wolverine in history to average below 73 in a season. Lion Kim was just behind at 72.28, which was a career-best average and the second straight campaign he has below 73. Both Thompson and Kim were All-Big Ten selections last season. Meanwhile, Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jack Schultz returns with his 73.67 average, as does Alexander Sitompul, who has started 29 of his 32 career events, and Rahul Bakshi, who started all 12 events in his first season.

Finding the Golden Ticket
After surviving a seven-plus hour weather delay, Lion Kim used a 6-and-5 championship match-play win over David McDaniel to win the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park's Champions Course. By winning the USAPL, Kim likely earned an invitation to compete next April in The Masters at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club. Kim will also receive a gold medal, custody of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship Trophy for one year, a three-year exemption through local qualifying for the U.S. Open and a two-year full exemption into the U.S. Amateur (2010 and 2011).

What Did You Do This Summer?
Freshman Joey Garber, who was named Michigan's Mr. Golf for the second straight year just as the summer began, made it a clean sweep of the state's amateur championships with a come-from-behind win to capture the Michigan Junior Amateur Championship title. A few weeks earlier, Garber held on for a 2-and-1 victory to become the 24th Wolverine to win the Michigan Amateur title. With the wins, Garber becomes the first player to capture both the Michigan Amateur and the Michigan Junior Amateur titles in the same year. It also makes him the second player to win both tournaments in the 99 years of the Michigan Am and the 32 years of the Junior Am.

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.

Can They Make It Four Straight?
Michigan will be looking to get a bid to its fourth straight NCAA Regional. Last season, the Wolverines received their third straight NCAA Regional berth with an invitation to the Central Regional at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. That selection marked the 33rd NCAA postseason appearance for the Wolverines and is the program's fifth regional, with previous action at the 1997, 2000 and 2008 Central Regionals and the 2009 Southwest Regional, since the format changed to regional play. In his coaching career, U-M head coach Andrew Sapp had made 12 trips to the NCAA Finals, taking three different schools to the championship event.

Sun-Mon., Sept. 26-27 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Glenview, Ill.)
Sun-Mon., Oct. 10-11 -- at Rod Myers Invitational (Durham, N.C.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423