Wolverines Close Out Fall Season at UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate
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Oct. 19, 2009

This Week
Sat-Sun., Oct. 24-25 -- at Bridgestone Collegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)
Live Tournament Stats

Next on the Tee
With only one fall tournament left, the University of Michigan men's golf team will close its fall season heading back to Greensboro, N.C., for UNC Greensboro's 2009 Bridgestone Collegiate, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 24-25), at Forest Oaks Country Club. The 15-team field will play 36 holes on Saturday and a final 18 on Sunday. Scoring for the event will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected schools will be allowed an invited individual. Forest Oaks will be set up for a par 72 and 7,197 yards.

The Tournament Field
There are 15 teams participating in the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate, including: Augusta State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee, UNC Greensboro, Toledo, VCU, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Oct. 23 -- Practice Round, shotgun start at 1 p.m. (U-M starts on No. 8)
Saturday, Oct. 24 -- First Round (18), shotgun at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24 -- Second Round (18), continuous play following first round
Sunday, Oct. 25 -- Third Round (18), tee times at 8:30 a.m. off No. 1 and 10

First Day Pairings
Pairing 1: UNC Greensboro, Duke, Minnesota
Pairing 2: North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech
Pairing 3: Augusta State, Notre Dame, Michigan
Pairing 4: Virginia, VCU, Michigan State
Pairing 5: Toledo, Virginia Tech, Purdue
Pairing 6: Individuals

The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverines will bring five starters to the Brickyard Collegiate Championship. With the fall break for students in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines will hold expanded qualifiers before starters will be announced. Vying for spots will be: senior Billy McKay (Grand Blanc, Mich./David Leadbetter Golf Academy), senior captain Ross Millman (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School), senior Michael Slovitt (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), junior Lion Kim (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep School), junior Alexander Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]), sophomore Alex Frankel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School), sophomore Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview), freshman Rahul Bakshi (Chandigarh, India/St. John's), freshman Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) and freshman Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay).

Last Year at the Bridgestone Collegiate
Led by Bill Rankin's third-place finish, Michigan had four individuals among the top 20 to close the fall season with a third-place team finish at the Bridgestone Collegiate. The Wolverines finished with an 874 -- their fourth team total under 900 in the fall. U-M had rounds of 293, 282 and 299. Rankin led U-M for the second time in the fall with a 214 total (75-64-75). Rankin's second-round 64 tied the U-M single-round record. Other top-20 finishes included Lion Kim in 12th with a 219 total (69-74-76), Ross Millman tying for 13th with a 220 total (76-73-71) and Alexander Sitompul tying for 19th with a 221 total (73-71-77).

Can You Believe This Start?
After starting the season with six rounds of 70 or better, Matt Thompson opened the first round of the Windon Memorial Classic Oct. 4-5 with an even-par 72, giving him seven straight rounds of par or better, before he officially snapped the streak with two 75s to close the event. Overall, he has eight of his 11 records at or below par. He leads U-M with a 71.36 per-round average.

Flip, Flop
In all four events this fall, either Lion Kim or Matt Thompson has finished as the top Wolverine. Thompson leads with three top finishes, while Kim has two. The duo tied for the top U-M individual finish at the Wolverine at Radrick Farms, held Sept. 26-27.

A Little Home Cooking Never Hurts
With the team title at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, U-M head coach Andrew Sapp garnered his sixth trophy with the Wolverines and the 32nd of his coaching career. Of the half dozen wins for Sapp, four have come while hosting an event. Sapp's other five titles include: 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate, 2008 Wolf Run Intercollegiate, 2007 Wolverine at Mission Inn, 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout and 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate.

Wolverines Take Home Event Title
Michigan's team win at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms gave the Maize and Blue its 39th team win in the history of the program. It also marked the third consecutive season the Wolverines have won at least one team tournament title. In addition to this weekend's title, U-M won two team titles during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

The Near Miss
Michigan's 24-under 840 tally at the Wolverine at Radrick Farms just missed the U-M 54-hole record by a single stroke. The Wolverines closed as the only team to post all three rounds under par -- 11-under 277, 10-under 278 and three-under 285. The Maize and Blue 54-hole record is 839 (277-275-287), which was totaled at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. U-M's 839 was played on a par-71 course and equals a 13-under performance, so U-M's 24-under performance at Radrick Farms sets a new U-M record for under-par team tournament score.

Another Near Miss
Michigan's first-round, 11-under 277 was a season best and the first team tally under par this season. The tally equals U-M's second-best team round in a tournament -- U-M also had a 277 in the first round of the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. The all-time record is 275, which has been tallied three times over the last four seasons. U-M is averaging 291.36 per round as a team, which is on pace for setting the U-M record for the third straight season.

Yet, Another Near Miss
Matt Thompson's career-best, eight-under 205 (69-69-67) performance at the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate tied the second-best 54-hole tournament total in U-M history. Thompson equaled Christian Vozza's 205 (67-69-69) performance that he tallied at the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. Overall, Bill Rankin holds the U-M record with an eight-under 202 (67-66-69) at the 2008 Maxwell.

Starting to Heat Up
Lion Kim's nine-under 207 tally at the Wolverine at Radrick Farms is a new career-best 54-hole tournament total by five strokes. His prior best was a 212 tally at the 2009 FAU Spring Break Championship. Kim's second-round, five-under 67 equals his career-best single-round tally, which he first posted in the final round of the FAU Spring Break Championship. He is shooting 72.89 strokes per round this season.

Freshman Follows the Sub-Par Round Game
After playing three over on his first nine holes of the first round of the Wolverine at Radrick Farms, Jack Schultz rebounded with seven birdies in his final nine to post a career-best, three-under 69. He followed that with a second three-under 69 in the second round. The tallies mark his first sub-par round of his collegiate career. He closed at six-under 210 for the event to earn his first top-10 finish of his career, tying for seventh. So far, Schultz has started all four events in his first season and is averaging 74.18 strokes per round.

No Jitters Here
In his first collegiate start, Alex Frankel's first-round, two-under 70 at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms set a new career best for single round. The tally topped his previous best of 74, which he posted in the second and third rounds of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate at the U-M Golf Course. Frankel has started three events in his second season and is averaging 75.63 per round.

Can They Make It Three Straight?
Last season, U-M had two team titles, eight top-five finishes in 14 events and shattered the team scoring record by two strokes, closing with a 292.05 per-round. Those numbers helped the Wolverines earn their second straight NCAA Regional bid. Finishing fifth in the NCAA Southwest Regional, U-M advanced to the NCAA Finals for the first time in 12 years. U-M's postseason momentum continued at the championship event as the Wolverines moved on to the NCAA Match Play Finals, where they closed third, one hole away from competing for a national title. In his coaching career, U-M coach Andrew Sapp has 11 trips to the NCAA Finals, taking three different schools to the championship event.

PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTABLES

Senior Billy McKay
• Season Stoke Average: 77.00
• Played the three events, all as an individual
• Played in 16 career tournaments, with nine starts
• Career Stroke Average: 76.38
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best one-under 69 in the third round of the 2006 Nike Purdue Kiahuna Collegiate Invitational
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament total - 77 at the 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament total - 153 (76-77) at 2007 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - even-par 216 (72-71-73) at the 2006 Pinehurst Intercollegiate... 72-hole tournament total - 314 (74-82-79-79) at the 2007 Big Ten Championships

Senior Ross Millman
• Selected team captain for 2009-10 season by teammates and coaches
• Season Stroke Average: 77.00
• Played in U-M's home event -- 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms -- as an individual
• Played in 11 career tournaments, with eight starts
• Career Stroke Average: 76.10
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Enrolled in the U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business
• After playing in just two events his first two seasons, started eight events in 2008-09
• Helped U-M to a runner-up finish at Big Ten Match Play, posting 2-1 record
• Shot a career-best 69 in the second round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 213 (74-69-70) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none

Senior Michael Slovitt
• Season Stroke Average: 75.67
• Played in U-M's home event -- 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms -- as an individual
• Played in six career tournaments, with one start
• Career Stroke Average: 76.28
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• Shot a career-best three-under 68 in the third round of the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 212 (75-69-68) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none

Junior Lion Kim
• Season Stroke Average: 72.82
• Played in 31 career tournaments, with 30 starts
• Started his last 25 straight events
• Posted a career-best finish (t-2nd), career-best 207 54-hole total and equaled career-best single round tally (67) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Career Stroke Average: 74.07
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• 2009 Golf World Preseason Top 50 returning players in nation
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• In 2009, helped U-M to first NCAA Finals in 12 years, advancing to NCAA Match Play Finals and finishing third
• As a sophomore became just the second Wolverines to average under 73 strokes in a season (72.89)
• Given name is Jun Min Kim, but goes by "Lion" which is a nickname given to him by his parents
• Shot a career-best 67, twice -- second round (-5) at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, third round (-4) of the 2009 FAU Spring Break Championship
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament of 74 at 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament - 145 (75-70) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total of nine-under 207 (69-67-71) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms ... 72-hole tournament total of 293 (72-73-74-74) at the 2009 Big Ten Championships

Junior Alexander Sitompul
• Season Stroke Average: 76.67
• After missing first event due to injury, opened season as individual at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Played in 24 career tournaments, with 22 starts
• Career Stroke Average: 73.83
• 2009 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances
• In 2009, helped U-M to first NCAA Finals in 12 years, advancing to NCAA Match Play Finals and finishing third
• Shot a career-best, four-under 67 in the first round of the 2007 Windon Memorial Classic
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 80 at 2007 Purdue Midwest Shootout ... 36-hole tournament - none ... 54-hole tournament total - 211 (70-71-70) at the 2009 River Landing Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - 295 (69-79-74-73) at the 2008 Big Ten Championships

Sophomore Alex Frankel
• Season Stroke Average: 75.63
• Started last three events for the Wolverines
• Made first collegiate start at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Shot a career-best, two-under 70 in the first round of the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Played in five career tournaments, with three starts
• Career Stoke Average: 75.71
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 156 (81-75) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - 223 (75-74-74) at the 2008 Wolverine Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - none

Sophomore Matt Thompson
• Season Scoring Average: 71.45
• Posted eight rounds of 11 rounds at par or better, with five sub-70 rounds
• Played in 15 career tournaments, with 12 starts
• Started his last 10 straight events
• Finished third in opening event -- Wolf Run Intercollegiate -- with career-best eight-under 205 (69-69-67)
• Finished tied for second in second event -- Wolverine at Radrick Farms -- with nine-under 207 (69-70-68)
• Shot a career-best four-under 67 in the third round of the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Career Stoke Average: 72.95
• Helped U-M to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances
• In 2009, helped U-M to first NCAA Finals in 12 years, advancing to NCAA Match Play Finals and finishing third
• Known as "Mr. Match Play" after going 4-0-1 during 2008-09
• Earned All-Tournament Team honors at 2009 Big Ten Match Play Championships (3-0 in match play)
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 151 (79-72) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - eight-under 205 (69-69-67) at the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate ... 72-hole tournament total - 302 (73-74-79-76) at 2009 Big Ten Championships

Freshman Rahul Bakshi
• One of three newcomers to the Wolverines
• Started all four events this season
• Season Stroke Average: 75.45
• Shot a career-best even-par 71 in the third round of the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Started first collegiate event at the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate, tying for 47th
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 152 (77-72) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - 222 (76-72-74) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms... 72-hole tournament total - none
• Born in Akron, Ohio, but grew up primarily in India
• Began playing golf in 2001, in first junior event was medalist runner-up using set of rental clubs
• Only Indian player to ever win the National Junior and National Amateur Golf Championship of India in the same year, youngest player to win the National Amateur Golf Championship of India, age 17

Freshman Miguel Echavarria
• One of three newcomers to the Wolverines
• Joined the Wolverines after walk-on tryout period in September
• Played in two events, both as individuals
• Played in first collegiate event at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, tying for 61st
• Shot a career-best even-par 72 in the second round of the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 154 (74-80) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - 228 (76-72-80) at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms... 72-hole tournament total - none
• Brother, Andres, is a junior golfer at Florida

Freshman Jack Schultz
• One of three newcomers to the Wolverines
• Started all four events this season
• Season Stroke Average: 74.18
• Started first collegiate event at the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
• Tallied a career-best six-under 210 54-hole tournament total at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms, tying for seventh
• Shot a career-best even-par 69, twice -- in the first and second rounds of the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament - 156 (82-74) at 2009 Brickyard Collegiate ... 54-hole tournament total - six-under 210 (69-69-72) at 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms ... 72-hole tournament total - none
• 2007 Wisconsin Player of the Year and three-time Conference Player of the Year (2007, '08, '09)

Upcoming Schedule
• Fri-Sat., Feb. 12-13 -- at Big Ten Match Play Championships (Coral Springs, Fla.)
• Sun-Tue., Feb. 21-23 -- at Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

   

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