Week #4: U-M Turns Around Quickly for Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate

Oct. 13, 2010

• Fri-Sun., Oct. 15-17 -- at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (Jonesborough, Tenn.)
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Next on the Tee
Fresh off a fourth-place finish at Duke's Rod Myers Invitational (Sun-Mon., Oct. 10-11), the University of Michigan men's golf team will waste little time getting back to the course as the Wolverines head to Jonesborough, Tenn., Friday through Sunday (Oct. 15-17), for the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event will feature 14 teams competing at The Ridges Golf & Country Club. Scoring for the event will be five players; count the low four scores each round. The Ridges will be set up for a par 72 and 7,147 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 14 schools participating in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate: Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Denver, East Tennessee State, Kent State, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, UNC Wilmington, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 14 -- Practice Round, tee times throughout the day
Friday, Oct. 15 -- First Round (18), shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 -- Second Round (18), shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17 -- Final Round (18), tee times starting at 8 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
With a quick turnaround, senior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School), junior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS), sophomore Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's HS), sophomore Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS) and freshman Joey Garber (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey) will make up the Wolverine starting five.

The Return to Tennessee
It has been quite some time since the Wolverines played at the Ridges. In fact, the last time U-M played in the event was in Andrew Sapp's first tournament as head coach of the Maize and Blue on Sept. 13, 2002. Playing in rain the entire event, U-M closed 14th with a 913 team tally.

Quite a Finish in First Start
In his first start of the season at the Rod Myers Invitational, Rahul Bakshi tied his low round at Michigan with two-under par 70s in the first and third rounds. Using those rounds, he equaled his 54-hole career best with a 219, which led to his career-best finish of 26th.

Make it Six of Nine
So far this season, Lion Kim has tallied six of his nine rounds at or below par and leads U-M with a 71.44 per-round average. He fired a season-best and tied a career-best with his four-under 67 in the third round of the Windon Memorial Classic. In all, three of the rounds this season are below par. In the 2009-10 campaign, his 72.28 scoring average was the third best in U-M history.

Breaking Through
Joey Garber's pair of one-under 71s in the first and third rounds of the Rod Myers Invitational both were career bests as well as the first time in his U-M career he shot rounds below par.

How About that Second Round
Miguel Echavarria's 68 in the second round was a career best by four strokes. He had a 72 in the second round of the Wolverine at Radrick Farms during his freshman season. Echavarria's tally is the second lowest of the season, only behind Lion Kim's 67, posted in the third round of the Windon Memorial.

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 when U-M won the Windon Memorial Classic on Sept. 27. 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.

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 on 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.

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 on July 17 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.

Sat-Sun., Oct. 23-24 -- at Bridgestone Intercollegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)
Fri-Sat., Feb. 11-12-- at Big Ten Match Play (Coral Springs, Fla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423