Week #2: Wolverines Off to Chicago Area for Windon Memorial Classic

Sept. 21, 2010


Sun-Mon., Sept. 26-27 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Glenview, Ill.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team will head to the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill., this Sunday and Monday (Sept. 26-27) to play in Northwestern's prestigious Windon Memorial Classic. There will be 17 teams competing in the 54-hole event. Scoring for the event will be five players; count the low four scores each round. The North Shore Country Club will be set up for a par 71 and 7,067 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 17 schools participating in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate: California, Coastal Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Kent State, Long Beach State, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Princeton, Purdue, Tennessee, Tulsa and UC Davis

The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 25 -- Practice Round, tee times throughout the day
Sunday, Sept. 26 -- First Round (18), shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CST
Sunday, Sept. 26 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following the first round
Monday, Sept. 27-- Final Round (18), tee times off No. 1 and No. 10 at 8 a.m. CST

The Tournament Lineup
With qualifying leading up to the tournament, the Wolverine starting five 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).

Lion at the Big House
Lion Kim was honored at the U-M/UMass football game in the first quarter. In front of more than 110,000 fans, Kim got a standing ovation for his win at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, giving him an invitation to the Masters in April.

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 is a career-best average and the second straight campaign he has shot 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.

Practice Facility on Its Way
In July (2010), the U-M Board of Regents approved the schematic design of the new practice facility for the men's and women's golf programs. The $2.5 million, 10,000 gross-square-foot facility designed by Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative will be funded by athletic resources and gifts. The new building, set off South Main Street on the west side of the driving range of the U-M Golf Course, will provide space for functional training, meeting and practice for golf teams.

Sun-Mon., Oct. 10-11 -- at Rod Myers Invitational (Durham, N.C.)
Fri-Sun., Oct. 15-17 -- at The Ridges Intercollegiate (Johnsonville, Tenn.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423