Sept. 25, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- For the second straight week, University of Michigan men's golf sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) was named the Big Ten's Men's Golfer of the Week.
After earning the Big Ten award last week with a runner-up performance at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-17), O'Neill bettered that showing five days later, winning his first collegiate tournament title at the Windon Memorial Classic (Sun-Mon., Sept. 22-23) at the Knollwood Club. The individual win helps Michigan take three of the last four medalist honors at the Windon Memorial Classic.
After spraining his right ankle just before the practice round, O'Neill showed little effects Sunday, leading U-M to a strong start, as he posted rounds of one-under 71 and four-under 68 to take the individual lead with a five-under 139 first-day tally. He closed with a three-under 69 on Monday to claim his first medalist honor with an eight-under 208, four shots better than runner-up Jack Perry (72-6-70/211) of host Northwestern.
This season, O'Neill has shot five of his six total rounds under par, with his lone remaining round at even par. He is averaging 69.00 per round and 207 per 54-hole tournament. He has not missed a start in his career, playing in 14 consecutive events, and has finished as the top Wolverine in eight of his 14 events.
Overall, O'Neill has now claimed three conference accolades during his career.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423