Sept. 12, 2013
2013-14 Season Preview | Chris O'Neill Spotlight
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Mon-Tue., Sept. 16-17 -- host Wolverine Intercollegiate (U-M Golf Course)
Next on the Tee: Wolverine Intercollegiate
It's time to tee it up! The University of Michigan men's golf team will open the 2013-14 season hosting the Wolverine Intercollegiate, set for Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 16-17) at the U-M Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. There will be 11 teams in the field playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. 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 competing in the Wolverine Intercollegiate, including Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Lamar, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), Oakland, Penn State, San Jose State, Toledo and Xavier. Select teams will be allowed to bring an individual.
The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 15 -- Practice Rounds beginning at 10 a.m. (tee times)
Monday, Sept. 16 -- First Round (18), begins at 8 a.m. (tee times)
Monday, Sept. 16 -- Second Round (18), begins at 1 p.m. (tee times)
Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Final Round (18), begins at 8 a.m. (tee times)
The First Day Pairings
Group 1 (Hole 1): Penn State, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, 8 a.m.
Group 2 (Hole 1): Michigan State, Detroit, Xavier, 9:21 a.m.
Group 3 (Hole 10): Michigan, Lamar, San Jose State, 8 a.m.
Group 4 (Hole 10): Miami (Ohio), Oakland, Individuals, 9:21 a.m.
The Michigan Lineup
Michigan will have six players competing at the Wolverine Intercollegiate: junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]),sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), sophomore Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS), freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School) and freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS). Freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS) will not participate as he continues to rest from a summer injury.
The Home Tournament Notables
Michigan has hosted 37 events at the U-M Golf Course since 1942. The last time U-M hosted an event at home was the 2012 NCAA Regional. The last regular-season event was the 2011 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. The Bears won by 12 shots in the 11-team field.
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.
The U-M Golf Course record for the lowest individual-round score is an eight-under 63 fired by California's Joel Stalter in the second round of the 2011 Wolverine Intercollegiate.
Michigan will not have a senior on its 2013-14 roster. Noori Hyun, who has started 19 of 20 career events, will be the elder statesmen of the squad as he is the only junior. The rest of the Wolverine roster features three sophomores and three freshmen.
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh return after starting all 12 events last season.
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).
Michigan welcomes three newcomers to the roster -- Bryce Evon, Reed Hrynewich and Tom Swanson. All three are expected to compete for roster positions.
Last season, Chris O'Neill led U-M in five of the 12 events. With current records, he is the first freshman to lead U-M in scoring average, at 73.96 per round, which is the 14th-best season average in U-M history. He was just the third freshman to post a season average below 74 -- Matt Thompson (73.54, 2008-09) and Jack Schultz (73.67, 2009-10).
Last season, Chris O'Neill was the first freshman to lead U-M at the Big Ten Championships since Kevin Dore (t-10th) led at the 2004 conference tournament held at the U-M Golf Course.
Brett McIntosh highlighted last season with his five-under 66 at the 2013 NYX Hoosier Invitational. It was the lowest round by a Wolverine last season and helped him become the ninth Wolverine in history to post a 66 -- the third-lowest round total at U-M.
Last season, Michigan played in 10 stroke-play events and posted an individual among the top 15 nine times.
Last Time Out
Backed by top-15 individual finishes from Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh, Michigan closed its 2012-13 season posting a 1,223 final team total to finish 10th at the Big Ten Championships held at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. U-M tallied team totals of 301, 306, 312 and 304 during the three-day championship event. O'Neill led U-M tying for 12th at 297 (72-73-76-76), while McIntosh tied for 15th at 299 (74-75-76-74).The last time Michigan had two players finish among the top 15 at the Big Ten Championships was during the 2011 Big Ten Championships. [ Recap ]
Sun-Mon., Sept. 22-23 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Lake Forest, Ill.)
Sun-Tue., Oct. 6-8 -- at Erin Hills Collegiate (Erin, Wis.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423