Chris Whitten signed three in his first class as head coach.
Nov. 17, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head men's golf coach Chris Whitten announced today (Thursday, Nov. 17) the signing of Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School), Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) and Andrew Yeager (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year.
"This is obviously an important class for me because it's my first as head coach," said Whitten. "I'm excited for these three guys and their families as they start a new chapter in their development next fall. They all play well and already have great tournament experience, but just as importantly, they are hungry to improve and compete for championships at the next level. They'll fit in beautifully to the culture we're establishing here in Ann Arbor."
McIntosh comes to Ann Arbor after playing at Saunders Secondary School in London, Ontario, coached by Paul Scapinello. He is three-time captain and team MVP, and as a senior he helped Saunders Secondary to the 2011 OFSAA High School championship while finishing tied for seventh individually. He also posted the second-best junior finish at the 2011 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, tying for 20th at 287 (70-74-73-70).
During 2010, McIntosh won nine out of his 24 events and was ranked as the No. 3 junior under the age of 17 in Ontario. Highlighting his wins in 2010 were the titles at the Canadian High School Spring Championships, the Western Ontario High School Fall and Spring Championships, and City High School Championship. In 2009, he was ranked as the No. 1 player in the province under the age of 15 in Ontario and was the medalist at the Greenhills Men's Club Championships (71-73-72/216) -- the youngest winner of all-time.
O'Neill, a four-time letterwinner at Deep Run High School coached by Clyde Metzger, was the No. 1-ranked player in class of 2012 in Virginia according to the National JuniorGolfScoreboard.com and the 33rd-ranked player nationally by the AJGA Polo Ranking. A two-time Virginia High School League AAA All-State (2010, '11) selection and Richmond Times Dispatch Player of the Year (2009, '10), he earned Richmond Times Dispatch first team, all-metro, Colonial District All-District and all-region in each of his prep seasons. During his career at Deep Run, he carried an average of 72.9 per 18 holes and a 36.25 per nine holes.
Yeager played at Forest Hills Central and was coached by Paul Ten Eyck. With his senior season to start in the spring, Yeager has helped Forest Hills Central to two Division I State championship titles -- in 2009 and 2011 -- as well as a runner-up finish in 2010.
A member of the 2011 All-State Super Team, Yeager earned all-state first team in 2010 and earned all-tournament honors at the Division State Finals in 2009 and again in 2011. He has won back-to-back O-K Black Conference championships and is a three-time all-conference selection. In 2011, Yeager won four events and had 15 top-10 finishes in 17 events. In his junior playing career he won the 2009 Meijer Junior Tour Fall Series and has finished among the top 30 in every AJGA event he has participated in.
The Wolverines lose only one senior -- Matt Thompson (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeshore HS) -- to graduation after this season.
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Michigan Head Coach Chris Whitten
On signee Brett McIntosh ... "Brett is a natural athlete and comes from a very supportive family; his dad is a basketball coach. He gets what sports are all about and will be a great team addition for us. He's played very well in Ontario and that has allowed him to get great experience at the national level in Canada. It's easy to see Brett's size and power, but what some people miss is his great understanding of the game and his touch shots. I see him making strides with his game in Ann Arbor and being an important addition for Michigan Golf."
On signee Chris O'Neill ... "Chris has a lot of national tournament experience and is comfortable on a big stage. He plays the game naturally and can get on very hot streaks. His putting and overall short game are exceptional and he'll benefit from our environment to make improvements in every part of his game. Chris visited Ann Arbor multiple times with his family and really started to feel at home here, even though we're 10 hours away. Chris will bring determination, professionalism and competitiveness to our team and we're excited he'll be a Wolverine."
On signee Andrew Yeager ... "Andrew has been one of the best high school players in Michigan for multiple years and plays for a very successful, championship program at Forest Hills Central for Coach Paul TenEyck. Andrew knows what team golf is all about and will bring a lot of positive energy. He thinks through his game very maturely and loves competition. He has only scratched the surface of his potential. Andrew understands what Michigan is all about and is a great fit in every area. He'll grow in so many ways here - academically and athletically. I know his parents are proud of him and we're lucky to add him to the program."
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