Week #3: Wolverines Head to ACC Country for Duke's Rod Myers Invitational

Oct. 5, 2010

Sun-Mon., Oct. 10-11 -- at Rod Myers Invitational (Durham, N.C.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team will head to ACC Country for its next event. The Wolverines will head to Durham, N.C., for Duke's Rod Myers Invitational, Sunday and Monday (Oct. 10-11), at the Duke Golf Club. The 54-hole event will feature 12 teams competing with selected teams allowed an individual -- including the Wolverines. Scoring for the event will be five players; count the low four scores each round. The Duke Golf Club will be set up for a par 72 and 7,045 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 12 schools participating in the Rod Myers Invitational: Charlotte, Duke, East Tennessee State, Iowa, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, N.C. State, Rice, Tulsa, UNC Greensboro and VCU.

The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 9 -- Practice Round, tee times throughout the day
Sunday, Oct. 10 -- First Round (18), shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 10 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following the first round
Monday, Oct. 11 -- Final Round (18), tee times off No. 1 and No. 10 at 7:55 a.m.

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

Mr. Clutch Does it Again
How did Michigan pull out the victory at the Windon Memorial? They called upon Mr. Clutch. With two holes remaining, Lion Kim drained a 25-foot birdie on 17 to keep U-M one shot up over Ohio State going into the final hole. After pulling his drive, Kim punched out and landed his third shot to the middle of the green 45 feet from the hole. Kim then sunk the long, left-to-right putt, allowing U-M to hold on and claim the team title.

Team Titles are Adding Up in the Showcase
Michigan's team win at the 2010 Windon Memorial Classic gives the Maize and Blue its 40th team win in the history of the program. It also marked the fourth consecutive season the Wolverines have won at least one team tournament title.

Sapp Adds Seventh Title to Resume
U-M head coach Andrew Sapp garnered his seventh trophy with the Wolverines and the 33rd of his coaching career. Sapp's other six titles include: 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate, 2008 Wolf Run Intercollegiate, 2007 Wolverine at Mission Inn, 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout and 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate.

First Career Win is in the Books ... Finally
Lion Kim earned his first collegiate win with a six-under 207 at the Windon Memorial. Kim's previous best finish was tying as the runner-up with teammate Matt Thompson at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms. Overall, the victory is Kim's fourth top-five finish in his career. Kim's 207 (69-71-67), which was played at a par of 71, equaled his career-best 54-hole tournament total. Kim posted a nine-under 207 (69-67-71) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, which was played as a par of 72.

First Indy Win in Two Years
Lion Kim's medalist honor is the 37th in the history of the U-M program. It is the first for a Wolverine since Bill Rankin (2006-09) won the 2008 Maxwell. Overall, Kim became the seventh individual title winner for U-M head coach Andrew Sapp.

Not to be Overshadowed
It was not just the play of Lion Kim at the Windon Memorial that led to U-M's victory. Three other Wolverines closed among the top 10, helping the Wolverine cause as Jack Schultz and Joey Garber both tied for 14th after shooting three straight rounds of 72 for a 216 tally, while Matt Thompson closed tied for 19th a shot back at 217.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fri-Sun., Oct. 15-17 -- at The Ridges Intercollegiate (Johnsonville, Tenn.)
Sat-Sun., Oct. 23-24 -- at Bridgestone Intercollegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423