Week #4: Michigan Looks to Defend Windon Memorial Classic Title
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Oct. 14, 2011

THIS WEEK
Sun-Mon., Oct. 16-17 -- at Windon Memorial Classic (Skokie, Ill.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan men's golf team heads back out to competition after two weeks and will travel to Skokie, Ill, Sunday and Monday (Oct. 16-17) for Northwestern's Windon Memorial Classic at the Evanston Golf Club. The event will have 17 teams in the field, playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. Scoring will be five players; count the low four scores each round. The Evanston Golf Club will be set up for a par 70 and 6,793 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 17 schools participating in the 2011 Windon Memorial Classic: Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Harvard, Idaho, Indiana, Loyola, Marquette, Marshall, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Pepperdine, Purdue, UCLA and UNC Charlotte.

The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 15 -- Practice Round, tee time at 11:50 a.m. CT (off No. 1)
Sunday, Oct. 16 -- First Round (18), begins with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 16 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following first round
Monday, Oct. 17 -- Final Round (18), begins with tee times at 8 a.m. CT

The Tournament Lineup
Traveling to Skokie, Ill., for the Wolverines will be: senior Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS), junior Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School), junior Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay HS), junior Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) and freshman Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]).

Looking to Defend
Michigan, which will be playing in its fifth straight Windon Memorial, swept both the team and individual title at last year's Windon Memorial Classic, played at the North Shore Country Club. Former Wolverine Lion Kim (2008-11) sank a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and a 45-foot par putt on the 18th hole to win his first career tournament title and help the Wolverines to a one-shot victory over Ohio State. U-M closed with an 854 total after team tallies of 285, 287 and a closing two-under 282. [ Recap ]

Team History at the Windon Memorial
2011: ?
2010: 1st at North Shore Country Club
2009: 5th at Skokie Country Club
2008: 7th at North Shore Country Club
2007: t-5th at Lake Shore Country Club

Enjoying the Chicago Experience
In his three Windon Memorial Classic's, Matt Thompson has not finished outside the top 20 individually. He tied for 19th in 2010, tied 20th in 2009, and closed 18th as an individual in 2008. He averages 72.7 per round and 218.3 per 54-holes at Northwestern's annual event.

This Week's Starters History at the Windon Memorial
Matt Thompson
2010: t-19th (72-74-71/217)
2009: t-20th (72-75-75/222)
2008: 18th (71-75-70/216), played as individual

Jack Schultz
2010: t-14th (72-72-72/216)
2009: t-27th (74-73-77/224)

Miguel Echavarria
2010: t-76th (73-84-74/231), played as individual

Seeing 20s for Thompson
With his tie for 10th finish at the Rod Myers Invitational, Matt Thompson recorded his 21st career top-20 individual finish. Throughout his 40-event career, he has finished in the top 20 52.5 percent (21 of 40) of the time. Thompson is averaging 74.00 per round in his final season.

Making the Most of Opportunity
After being selected to the team following his walk-on tryout in early September, all Matt Alessi has done is start the first three fall events, lead the Wolverines in one of those events and prep for his fourth start this weekend -- at the Windon Memorial Classic. He is averaging 76.14 per round

Setting New Standards Early
Miguel Echavarria tied a career best, posting a three-under 68 in second round at the Wolverine Intercollegiate. He equaled the 68 (-4) he fired in the second round of the 2010 Rod Myers Invitational. With the career-best round, Echavarria set a new career-best 54-hole tournament tally with a 214 (71-68-75), topping his previous best by seven shots, a 221 (79-68-74) at the 2010 Rod Myers Invitational. He currently leads U-M with a 73.57 per-round average.

Regional Bids Keep Coming
Michigan has been selected to four straight NCAA regional appearances. U-M's 2010 selection marked its 34th NCAA postseason appearance and the program's sixth regional since the format changed to regional play in 1991. Overall, the Wolverines have participated in five central regionals (1997, 2000, '08, '10, '11) and one southwest regional (2009).

Michigan and the NCAA Regional
1997 -- Central (8th)
2000 -- Central (t-11th)
2008 -- Central (t-12th)
2009 -- Southwest (5th), advanced to NCAA Finals (match play semifinalist)
2010 -- Central (t-6th)
2011 -- Central (1st), advanced to NCAA Finals (tied for 10th)

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 played host to 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 Almost Completed
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. After starting construction last September, the building is near completion. Both teams are scheduled to move into the building in mid-to-late October. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sat-Sun., Oct. 29-30 -- at Bridgestone Intercollegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)
Fri-Sat., Feb. 10-11 -- at Big Ten Match Play Championship (Bradenton, Fla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423