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Sun-Tue., Oct. 6-8 -- at Erin Hills Collegiate (Erin, Wis.)
Next on the Tee: Erin Hills Collegiate
After opening the season with back-to-back third place team finishes, the University of Michigan men's golf team is preparing for one of its biggest challenges of the fall season at Marquette's Erin Hills Collegiate, Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 6-8. The three-day, 54-hole event will feature a 14-team field playing at the Erin Hills Golf Course, site the 2017 U.S. Open as well as the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship. The tournament will be set up for a par 72 and 7,823 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 14 teams competing in the Erin Hills Collegiate including DePaul, Green Bay, Marquette (host), Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oregon State, SMU, Stanford, St. John's, UCLA and Wisconsin.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 5 -- Practice Round, 12:40 p.m. CT (tee times)
Sunday, Oct. 6 -- First Round (18), begins at 8:30 a.m. CT (tee times off No. 1)
Monday, Oct. 7 -- Second Round (18), begins at 8:30 a.m. CT (tee times off No. 1)
Tuesday, Oct. 8 -- Final Round (18), begins at 8:30 a.m. CT (tee times off No. 1 and 10)
The Michigan Lineup
Michigan will have five Wolverines competing at the Erin Hills Collegiate. Playing for the Maize and Blue will be: sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]), freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School) and freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS).
Chris O'Neill has shot five of his six total rounds under par. He is averaging 69.00 per round and 207 per 54-hole tournament. Brett McIntosh has shot three of his six rounds under par, with the three others at exactly even par. He is averaging 70.67 per round and 212.00 per 54 holes.
Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their young careers, playing in 14 consecutive events. O'Neill has finished as the top Wolverine in eight of his 14 events, while McIntosh has led three times. The duo has finished 1-2 among U-M golfers at an event five times.
Newcomer Bryce Evon has started every event this season. Reed Hrynewich is expected to make his second start at Erin Hills.
After a second-place finish to open the season and his first collegiate win in his second event, Chris O'Neill has won back-to-back Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week awards. He now has three conference accolades in his career.
Chris O'Neill leads U-M with a 99.3 individual winning percentage, sporting a 144-1-0 record. Brett McIntosh is second with a 94.5 percentage (136-7-2).
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).
Chris Whitten begins his eighth season with the U-M men's golf program. He spent five years (2006-11) as an assistant coach before serving as the head coach over the last three seasons.
Nick Pumford begins this third season as assistant coach at his alma mater. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner (2006-09), starting 29 of 33 career events. He helped U-M to a semifinal appearance at the 2009 NCAA Championship.
Last Time Out
Chris O'Neill won his first collegiate event, while Brett McIntosh finished third as the sophomore duo led Michigan to a third-place showing at Northwestern's Windon Memorial Classic, Sept. 22-23, played at the Knollwood Country Club in Lake Forest, Ill. After posting three under-par rounds (71-68-69), O'Neill's eight-under 208 was good for medalist honors by three strokes, while McIntosh recorded his second straight sub-par 54-hole event total with a four-under 212. [ Recap ]
Mon-Tue., Oct. 14-15 -- at AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic (Duluth, Ga.)
Sun-Tue., Oct. 27-29 -- at The Invitational at the Ocean Course (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423