Nov. 19, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's golf coach Chris Whitten announced today (Monday, Nov. 19) the signing of Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario, Canada/Vincent Massey Secondary School), Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) and Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont./Loyola Sacred Heart HS) to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 academic year.
"I'm excited to add three quality individuals to our team with this class," said Whitten. "Bryce, Reed and Tom will fit in beautifully with our team culture and attitude. They are successful, competitive players who are hungry to improve and compete for championships. They will all have a quick adjustment to life at Michigan and will compete well right away."
Evon was rated as the No. 1 player in the 2011 Golf Association of Ontario Juvenile Order of Merit and currently stands as the No. 2 player in 2012 Order of Merit. A two-time high school MVP, he won the Southwestern Ontario High School Championship in 2010 and was the runner-up in 2012.
In the summer of 2012, Evon earned the gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games (71-68-72/211) and won the CJGA Nike Golf Junior Series at Roseland (68-72/140). In 2011, he was the runner-up at the 2011 Ontario Junior Championship (73-70-67-70/280), finished third in the Juvenile division at the 2011 Canadian Junior Championship (74-72-73-73/292) and earned the 2011 WESPY Golf Award (Windsor Essex Sports Person of the Year). He is also a five-time winner of St. Clair Beach Optimist Championship.
"Bryce is well coached and comes from a great family," said Whitten. "He's a precision player and thinks his way around the golf course better than most people his age. He'll bring a lot of maturity to the team and has a huge upside for improvement with his game."
A dual-sport star in high school playing hockey and golf, Hrynewich is currently ranked as the No. 1 player in Michigan's Class of 2013 and No. 40 nationally by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGC). A two-time Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Super Team member (2010, '12), he also earned Division I all-state team honors in 2011 playing at Mona Shores High School.
On the junior circuit, Hrynewich carries a national scoring average of 73.75. This year, he was the runner-up at the AJGA Memorial, finished third at the AJGA Randy Wise Open and was seventh at the AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championship. This past summer, he also qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur Championship.
"Reed comes from a family of great athletes and he loves team sports," said Whitten. "He brings the same energy to his golf game that he does when he's on the ice playing hockey. He's been one of the best players from the state of Michigan for several years and he understands the Michigan tradition. I think he sees himself growing with the people and resources that will surround him at Michigan."
Swanson heads to Michigan currently rated as the No. 1 player in Montana and No. 48 nationally by the NJGS. A three-time all-state performer, he won back-to-back Montana State High School Class B individual championships (2011, '12), while leading Loyola Sacred Heart to four-straight team titles (2009, '10, '11, '12).
He carries a 73.30 national scoring average. This past summer, Swanson won the Montana Junior Amateur Championship and qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur Championship, where he advanced to match play. He also finished 25th at the 2012 Callaway Junior World Championship. In addition, he played football at Sacred Heart and participated with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Ski team.
"Tom might be considered a little bit of an under the radar player because he's from Montana, but he's another multi-sport athlete who has really excelled in his region," said Whitten. "When he hit the national scene this summer, I think his athleticism impressed a lot of people. I know he's excited to join our program for the daily competition and drive. He'll be an outstanding addition on and off the course."
The Wolverines lose two seniors from the current roster in Miguel Echavarria (Medellin, Columbia/The Columbus School) and Matt Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice).
Tom Swanson, Bryce Evon, Reed Hrynewich
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