U-M Places 3 in the Top 20; Ties for 3rd at Windon Memorial

Site: Skokie, Ill.
Course: Evanston Golf Club (par 70, 6,793 yards)
Tournament: Windon Memorial Classic
U-M Team Standing: Tie-3rd Place of 15 Teams (281-284-284/849)
Top U-M Individual: Chris O’Neill, tie-14th (67-74-71/212) 
Next U-M Event: Mon-Tue., Oct. 13-14 — at The MacKenzie (Fairfax, Calif.)

SKOKIE, Ill. — With three Wolverines among the top 20 individually, the University of Michigan men’s golf team tallied its second top-three team finish of the 2014 fall season, tying for third today (Monday, Sept. 22) with an 849 total at Northwestern’s Windon Memorial Classic held at the Evanston Golf Club.

Playing in its eighth straight Windon Memorial and its third straight weekend of the fall season, U-M got off to a strong start and held the tournament lead with a one-over 281 first round on Sunday (Sept. 21). Junior Chris O’Neill(Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) paced the total with his three-under 69, while fellow junior Brett McIntosh (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary School) posted a season-best one-under 69.

Playing its second 18 of the day on Sunday, sophomores Bryce Evon (Windsor, Ontario/Vincent Massey Secondary) and Reed Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores HS) each fired one-under 69s and helped U-M to a 284 total, but the Wolverines slipped out the team lead, sitting just a single shot behind first-day leader California.

With the team leaderboard shifting between Cal, U-M and Ohio State throughout the final round, the Bears seized control midway through the round and posted a 10-under 270 to run away with the team title with a six-under 834 total, while Ohio State was second at 847.

Final-round 71s from O’Neill and McIntosh gave the Wolverines a second 284 total, tying them for the third spot along with Iowa.

Individually, O’Neill led the U-M for the second time in three events, tying for 14th at 212 (67-74-71). McIntosh (69-73-71) and Evon (72-69-72) each tallied 213 totals to tie for 17th, while Hrynewich tied for 36th at 218 (73-69-76). Freshman Kyle Mueller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) made his third straight start and rebounded from an opening 77 to tie for 45th at 220 (77-73-70).

After starting the season with three straight events, the Wolverines will be away from competition for just about an equal three weeks. U-M will next head to Fairfax, Calif., on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13-14, for Cal’s The MacKenzie, which will be held at The Meadow Club. U-M last played in Cal’s event during the 2012 fall season and finished 14th and was led by O’Neill’s 14th-place individual finish.

Final Team Standings

 1. California     285-279-270 = 834 (-6)
 2. Ohio State     284-281-282 = 847
 3. MICHIGAN       281-284-284 = 849
    Iowa           283-285-281 = 849
 5. Marquette      283-286-287 = 856
 6. Lamar          289-286-284 = 859
    Purdue         291-284-284 = 859
 8. Northwestern   293-287-282 = 862
    Tulsa          285-298-279 = 862
10. Tennessee      286-290-291 = 867
11. Notre Dame     289-285-296 = 870
12. St. John's     283-295-294 = 872
13. Minnesota      289-288-296 = 873
14. Wisconsin      290-289-296 = 875
15. North Texas    287-299-295 = 881


Top Individuals

 1. Colton Staggs, Tulsa             69-73-63 = 205 (-5)
 2. Jose Mendez, Minnesota           68-67-71 = 206
    Cameron Shaw, California         72-69-65 = 206
 4. Mans Berglund, Lamar             67-73-69 = 209
    Ben-Marvin Egel, Purdue          72-70-67 = 209
    Carson Schaake, Iowa             72-69-68 = 209
    Sebastian Crampton, California   75-68-66 = 209
    Grant Weaver, Ohio State         72-68-69 = 209
    Clark Engle, Ohio State          69-69-71 = 209
    K.K. Limbhasut, California       68-71-70 = 209


Michigan Individuals

T14. Chris O'Neill    67-74-71 = 212
T17. Brett McIntosh   69-73-71 = 213
T17. Bryce Evon       72-69-72 = 213
T36. Reed Hrynewich   73-69-76 = 218
T45. Kyle Mueller     77-73-70 = 220




• Michigan played in its eighth straight Windon Memorial Classic and finished among the top five for the fifth time. U-M’s third-place finish this year gives them back-to-back top-three team finishes.

• Michigan has produced two top-three finishes in its opening stretch of fall events, including winning the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-7) at the U-M Golf Course.

• Chris O’Neill has now finished as the top Wolverine in two of the first three events this season. In 27 career events, he has closed as the highest player in 13 events.

• Michigan had three players finish among the top 20 individually for the second time this season.

• Bryce Evon’s season-best one-under 69 in the second round helped him tally a career-best 54-hole tournament total of 213. He topped his prior best of 215 posted in the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate.

• McIntosh shot a season-best one-under 69 in the opening round. That tally helped him lower his season-best 54-hole tournament best by one shot as he posted a 213.

• Reed Hrynewich equaled his season-best single-round score with a one-under 69 in the second round. He also fired a two-under 69 in the final round of the Wolverine Intercollegiate.