Oct. 17, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Following his career-best performance at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Oct. 15-16), freshman Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va.) of the University of Michigan men's golf team was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday (Oct. 17). It is the first conference accolade of his career.
O'Neill, who tied for 14th individually at the MacKenzie Invitational, recorded his second top-20 and lowered his career-best 54-hole tournament total by eight shots with his three-under 210. He bettered the 218 he posted earlier this season at the Windon Memorial Classic, held Sept. 23-24.
En route to the career-best tally, he carded a career-best two-under 69 in the first round, following with a one-under 70 in the second and an even-par 71 in the third. All three of his rounds at the MacKenzie Invitational topped his previous career-best round total of 72 shot in the first and second rounds of the Windon Memorial Classic.
Overall, O'Neill's three-under 210 is the lowest 54-hole event total by a freshman since Joey Garber posted a four-under 209 in the 2011 NCAA Central Regional -- a span of 16 tournaments.
The Wolverines will conclude their fall season heading to the prestigious Stanford Classic at Cypress Point Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 29-30) in Pebble Beach, Calif. The event will feature Washington, USC, UCLA, Duke, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and host Stanford playing a rare match-play event. The first round will be four-ball play (better ball), followed by foursomes (alternate shot) and finally singles matches.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423