This Week in Michigan Men's Golf: Invitational at the Ocean Course

Oct. 24, 2013

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Sun-Tue., Oct. 27-29 -- at the Invitational at the Ocean Course (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
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Next on the Tee: The Invitational at the Ocean Course
The University of Michigan men's golf team will close its fall season heading to Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 27-29, for Charleston's Invitational at the Ocean Course. The three-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Resort, which has been rated as the fourth-best public golf course and 25th best overall course in the nation. The tournament will be set up for a par 72 and 7,051 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 14 teams competing in the Invitational at the Ocean Course including Charleston, Charleston Southern, Florida, Francis Marion, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Rice, South Alabama, South Florida and Western Carolina.

The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- Practice Round, tee times throughout the day
Sunday, Oct. 27 -- First Round (18), begins at 7:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. (tee times)
Monday, Oct. 28 -- Second Round (18), begins at 7:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. (tee times)
Tuesday, Oct. 29 -- Final Round (18), begins at 8 a.m. (shotgun)

The Michigan Lineup
Michigan will have five starting Wolverines competing at the Invitational at the Ocean Course. Starting for the Wolverines will be sophomore Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS), sophomore Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), freshman Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS), freshman Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) and freshman Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School). Junior Noori Hyun (Seoul, Korea/Centreville HS [Va.]) will travel as an individual.


• The Invitational at the Ocean Course is Michigan's final fall event. Overall, U-M will have competed in five early events. Following the winter break, the Wolverines will begin their spring season with the Big Ten Match Play Championships in mid-February.

• In addition to the men's event at the Ocean Course, the Michigan women's golf team will also be in Kiawah Island, S.C., during the weekend. The women's team will be competing in its fall finale, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 27-28, at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point Golf Course.

• After opening his collegiate career as an individual at the Collegiate Classic, Tom Swanson will make his first career start.

Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh have not missed a start in their careers, playing in 16 consecutive events. O'Neill has finished as the top Wolverine in 10 of his 16 events, while McIntosh has led four times. The duo has finished 1-2 among U-M golfers at an event seven times, including all four fall events this season.

Chris O'Neill has shot seven of his 12 total rounds under par. He is averaging 70.83 per round and 212.50 per 54-hole tournament. Brett McIntosh is not far from his classmate, averaging 72.17 per round and 216.50 per 54-holes.

Chris O'Neill is averaging 71.00 in his opening rounds and 72.25 in the second round before dropping three shots in his final round, posting a 69.25 per-round average.

Chris O'Neill opened the season being honored with back-to-back Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week awards. He began the season with a second-place finish at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and followed winning his first collegiate medal, at the Windon Memorial Classic. He has three conference accolades in his career.

Bryce Evon gives the Wolverines three players to have started all four events this season. In his first year, he is averaging 75.42 per round. He posted a career-best 54-hole total of 222 in his first collegiate event -- the Wolverine Intercollegiate. He has a career-best round of 72, which he has recorded twice so far.

Reed Hrynewich has started the last two events and three overall in his first season. In his last event, he set new career bests with a 225 54-hole total and final round 73 at the Collegiate Classic.

Tom Swanson made his collegiate debut as an individual after missing the first three events due to injury. He closed his first college event shooting a career-best one-under 71 in the final round.

• Michigan's roster features two left-handed golfers -- sophomore Brett McIntosh and freshman Reed Hrynewich. U-M's last lefty was Kevin Dore (2004-07).

Chris Whitten is in his eighth season with the U-M men's golf program. He spent five years (2006-11) as an assistant coach before serving as the head coach over the last three seasons.

Nick Pumford is in his third season as assistant coach at his alma mater. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner (2006-09), starting 29 of 33 career events. He helped U-M to a semifinal appearance at the 2009 NCAA Championship.

Michigan used an 884 total to finish tied for 13th at the Collegiate Classic, Oct. 14-15) played at the Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga. The Wolverines posted team rounds of 300, 297 and 287 during the two-day event. Brett McIntosh used a final-round four-under 68 to post a 219 total and tie for 36th along with teammate Chris O'Neill. [ Recap ]

Fri-Sat., Feb. 14-15 -- at Big Ten Match Play Championship (Bradenton, Fla.)
Sun-Tue., Feb. 23-25 -- at Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, P.R.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423