Week #1: Michigan to Begin Fall at Inverness Intercollegiate

Sept. 14, 2012

Mon-Tue., Sept. 17-18 -- at Inverness Intercollegiate (Toledo, Ohio)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team will head south down US-23 to Toledo, Ohio, to open its 2012-13 campaign with the Inverness Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18, at the Inverness Club. There will be 10 teams in the 2012 field, playing 54 holes in the two-day event. Scoring for the Inverness Intercollegiate will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected teams, including U-M, will be allowed to bring invited individuals. The Inverness Club will be set up for a par 71 and 7,255 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 10 teams in the field for the 2012 Inverness Intercollegiate, including: Florida State, Kent State, Liberty, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, North Texas, Penn State, South Florida and host Toledo.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 16 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Monday, Sept. 17 -- Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 17 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Tuesday, Sept. 18 -- Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

The Wolverine Lineup
Michigan will bring five starters and two individuals to the Inverness Intercollegiate. Senior Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) and freshmen Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) and Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) head up the season-opening lineup. Sophomore Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) and senior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) round out the U-M starting five. The Wolverines will also travel junior Matt Felsenfeld (West Bloomfield, Mich./Leadbetter Golf Academy [Fla.]) and sophomore Andrew Wong (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Pompano Beach HS), who will compete as invited individuals.

Program Memories Made at Inverness
During the 2008-09 season, Michigan won two team titles and had eight top-five finishes in 14 events. 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 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The Wolverines moved on to the NCAA Match Play Finals, where they closed third, one hole away from competing for a national title.

Some Insiders Knowledge of the Club
Before coming to Michigan in 2006, U-M head coach Chris Whitten was an assistant golf professional at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. While there, he assisted with tournament operations for more than 90 summer golf events, including the University of Toledo's Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational during the fall.

Inverness Memories
During the 2000 Inverness Intercollegiate, former Wolverine Scott Hayes (1998-2001) shot an even-par 213 (71-72-70) and claimed medalist honors after winning in a scorecard playoff. As for the team, U-M tied for ninth at 909 (306-298-305). The Wolverines also played in the Inverness Intercollegiate last season but finished one round after weather cancelled the final 36 holes of the event.

Oh Captain, My Captain!
Miguel Echavarria was named the Wolverines captain for the 2012-13 season. Last season, he started 11 events, posting a career-best scoring average of 75.21 and setting career bests for single-round (68), 36-hole tournament (148), 54-hole tournament (214) and 72-hole tournament (309) scores. He also became just the 11th Wolverine to earn the prestigious GCAA Cleveland/Srixon All-America Scholar honor.

Hit the Ground Running
After being on campus for just about 10 total days, newcomers Brett McIntosh and Chris O'Neill will begin their college golfing careers as starters at the Inverness Intercollegiate. The last time the Wolverines started two freshmen in a season-opening event was during the 2009-10 season (Jack Schultz and Rahul Bakshi).

The Rare Southpaw Returns to Ann Arbor
Newcomer Brett McIntosh, who hails from London, Ontario, Canada, comes to Michigan as the only left-handed golfer on the eight-man squad. In fact, he is the first lefty to play for U-M since Kevin Dore, who was from Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Dore finished his career starting 35 of 37 events and carrying a 75.82 scoring average.

Fall Schedule Offers Plenty of Challenging Courses
Michigan will set the bar high during its fall season opening at the prestigious Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, before heading to the Skokie Country Club for the 2012 Windon Memorial Classic. Midway through the fall, U-M plays the Warren Golf Course -- host site of the 2010 NCAA Regional -- in South Bend, Ind., before heading to California to close the first half of the year. First up is the renowned Meadow Club at Cal's Alister MacKenzie Invitational, before the fall closes with Stanford's match-play event at the world famous Cyrpess Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Sun-Mon., Sept. 23-24 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Skokie, Ill.)
Sun-Tue., Oct. 7-9 -- at Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic (South Bend, Ind.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423