Weekly Release #1: U-M Looks to Defend Wolf Run Title
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This Week
• Sat-Sun., Sept. 12-13 -- at Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Zionsville, Ind.)
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Next on the Tee
Despite a busy campus with the start of classes, the 21st-ranked University of Michigan men's golf team will waste no time heading to its tournament schedule as the Maize and Blue opens its 2009-10 season with a trip to Indiana's Wolf Run Intercollegiate, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at the Wolf Run Country Club in Zionsville, Ind. There will be 16 teams in the 2009 field, playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. The tournament will begin with 36 holes on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will close with a final 18 holes on Sunday, Sept. 14. Scoring for the Wolf Run Intercollegiate will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected schools, including Michigan, will have an invited individual. The Wolf Run Country Club will be set up for a par 72 and 7,465 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 16 schools participating in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate: Ball State, Central Florida, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, IUPUI, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, North Florida, Penn State, Toledo and Tulsa.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 11
-- Practice Round, teams playing throughout the day
Saturday, Sept. 12 -- First Round (18), shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Sept. 13 -- 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 invited individual has yet to be determined. Vying for spots will be: senior Billy McKay (Grand Blanc, Mich./David Leadbetter Golf Academy), senior captain Ross Millman (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School), senior Michael Slovitt (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier HS), senior David Weisfeld (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale HS), junior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School), junior Alexander Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]), sophomore Alex Frankel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School), sophomore Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS), freshman Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's HS) and freshman Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS).

Looking to Repeat
Over the last two years, the Wolverines have had plenty of success at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and will be looking to use those experiences to repeat in the 2009-10 season opening event. Two years ago, former Wolverine Nick Pumford won medalist honors as an individual with a six-under 210, 54-hole event tally. Last year, the Wolverines took the team title with an 880 total, 10 shots better than runner-up Illinois. Four members of U-M's roster have played at the Wolf Country Club.

Can They Make It Three Straight?
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 average. 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. In his coaching career, U-M coach Andrew Sapp has 11 trips to the NCAA Finals, taking three different schools to the championship event.

First Time Preseason Accolade
Following its run to the 2009 NCAA Final Four, Michigan will open the 2009-10 season ranked No. 21 by the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll. It marks the first time ever Michigan has been ranked in the preseason top 25. The Wolverines are one of just two Big Ten schools recognized, along with Illinois, which comes in at No. 11.

Kim's Preseason Recognition
Along with the U-M's 21st preseason ranking, Lion Kim was selected among the preseason top 50 returning players in the nation. Kim's preseason honor comes after a 2008-09 campaign when he earned All-America honorable mention honors, became just the second Wolverine in history to average below 73 strokes and carried a 72.67 per-round average. He also posted six top-20 individual finishes with two among the top five. Kim, who has started 21 straight events for U-M, was a catalyst in U-M's postseason run when he drained an eight-foot putt to send the Wolverines to the NCAA Match Play Finals and, following a fairway-wood shot to less than a foot of the cup, closed out No. 3 Southern California in the first round of match play.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Following a vote from the coaches and his teammates, Ross Millman was selected to serve as captain for the upcoming 2009-10 season. Playing in just two events his first two seasons, Millman burst onto the scene in his third year, starting eight events during the 2008-09 campaign and averaging a career-best 75.14 strokes per round. He fired a career-best, two-under 69 in the second round of the Wolverine Intercollegiate, helping him to a career-best, 54-hole total of 213. He closed the season with three top-25 individual finishes. Millman, who is enrolled in U-M's prestigious Ross School of Business, recently became the 10th Wolverine in program history to be named a prestigious Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar recipient for Division I by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).

Did You Say Two Shots Better?
Michigan closed last season with a 292.05 average per round as a team, which destroyed the all-time single season record of 294.42, set just a season prior (2007-08). With five players averaging below 74 strokes per round and 57 rounds of par or better, the Wolverines smashed the record by almost two strokes.

There Has Been Only One Better
Lion Kim
closed his sophomore season with a 72.89 per-round average, helping him become just the second Wolverine ever to close a season carding under 73 strokes. The only other Wolverine to do it was Michael Harris, who accomplished it three times in his career -- the school record of 72.23 (1999-2000), 72.41 (1997-98) and 72.72 (1998-99).

PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTABLES

Senior Billy McKay
• Played in 13 career tournaments, with nine starts
• Career Stroke Average: 76.22
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best one-under 69 in the third round of the 2006 Nike Purdue Kiahuna Collegiate Invitational
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament total - 77 at the 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament total - 153 (76-77) at 2007 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - even-par 216 (72-71-73) at the 2006 Pinehurst Intercollegiate... 72-hole tournament total - 314 (74-82-79-79) at the 2007 Big Ten Championships
• Former roommate of current teammate David Weisfeld at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy

Senior Ross Millman
• Selected team captain for 2009-10 season by teammates and coaches
• Played in 10 career tournaments, with eight starts
• Career Stroke Average: 76.00
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• After playing in just two events his first two season, started eight events in 2008-09
• Helped U-M to a runner-up finish at Big Ten Match Play, posting 2-1 record
• Shot a career-best 69 in the second round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 213 (74-69-70) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none
• Enrolled in the U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Senior Michael Slovitt
• Played in five career tournaments, with one start
• Career Stroke Average: 76.40
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best three-under 68 in the third round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 212 (75-69-68) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none

Senior David Weisfeld
• Played in three career tournaments, all as an individual
• Career Stroke Average: 75.78
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best 72, two times -- the 2007 Wolverine at Mission Inn (second) and 2008 Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate (second)
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 224 (75-72-77) at the 2007 Wolverine at Mission Inn ... 72-hole tournament - none
• Walked onto the Michigan program after taking freshman year off to concentrate on academics
• Enrolled in the U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business
• Former roommate of current teammate Billy McKay at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy

Junior Lion Kim
• Played in 27 career tournaments, with 26 starts
• Started his last 21 straight events
• Career Stroke Average: 74.25
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• 2009 Golf World Preseason Top 50 returning players in nation
• 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
• As a sophomore became just the second Wolverines to average under 73 strokes in a season (72.89)
• Shot a career-best four-under 67 in the third round of the 2009 FAU Spring Break Championship
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament of 74 at 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total of one-under 212 (70-75-67) at the 2009 FAU Spring Break Championship... 72-hole tournament total of 293 (72-73-74-74) at the 2009 Big Ten Championships
• Given name is Jun Min Kim, but goes by "Lion" which is a nickname given to him by his parents

Junior Alexander Sitompul
• Played in 23 career tournaments, with 22 starts
• Career Stroke Average: 73.70
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• 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
• 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 Alex Frankel
• Played in two career tournaments, all as an individual
• Career Stoke Average: 75.83
• Made collegiate debut as individual at the 2008 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Shot a career-best 74, twice -- in the second and third rounds of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 223 (75-74-74) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - none

Sophomore Matt Thompson
• Played in 11 career tournaments, with eight starts
• Career Stoke Average: 73.54
• 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
• All-Tournament Team at 2009 Big Ten Match Play Championships
• Shot a career-best three-under 68 in the first round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 212 (68-72-72) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - 302 (73-74-79-76) at 2009 Big Ten Championships

Freshman Rahul Bakshi
• One of two newcomers to the Wolverines
• 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
• Competed in 15 international and junior tournaments each year throughout the United States, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Brazil
• Youngest player to win the National Amateur Golf Championship of India, age 17
• Only Indian player to ever win the National Junior and National Amateur Golf Championship of India in the same year
• Shot a course-record, nine-under 63 on the Faldo Course at Mission Hills Golf Club
• Awarded prestigious Faldo International Series Trophy

Freshman Jack Schultz
• One of two newcomers to the Wolverines
• 2007 Wisconsin Player of the Year
• Medalist at the 2007 WIAA Division I state championships
• 2008 Wisconsin High School first team selection
• Three-time conference Player of the Year (2007, '08, '09)
• Four-time conference first team selection (2006, '07, '08, '09)
• Medalist runner up at the 2008 Wisconsin's Junior Boy's Championship and the 2008 AJGA Future Legends

Upcoming Schedule
• Sat-Sun., Sept. 26-27 -- host, Wolverine at Radrick Farms (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Sun-Mon., Oct. 4-5 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Glencoe, Ill.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423