Reed Hrynewich Helps Michigan to Fourth Place in Columbus
Written By: U of M Athletic CommunicationsCOLUMBUS, Ohio
-- With a final round two-under 69 from freshman Kyle Mueller, a one-under 70 from sophomore Reed Hrynewich and an even-par 71 from junior Chris O'Neill, the University of Michigan men's golf team posted a final round team best even-par 284 today (Sunday, April 12) to close with an 869 team total and move up four positions to finish fourth at Ohio State's Robert Kepler Intercollegiate held at the prestigious Scarlet Course.
After team tallies of 293 and 292 in yesterday's opening 36 holes, the Maize and Blue found itself eighth in the regular season finale's first day of play. Today, the Wolverines got off to a strong start and did not let up posting the tournament's top team score of the final round with an even par 284 to vault up four spots and close fourth with an 869 tally. U-M's top-five finish is its best since finishing third -- 14 years ago -- at OSU's 2001 event.
As he has done all season, Mueller led the Wolverines for the seventh time and during the day's final round charge as he posted his third top-10 finish of the season finishing sixth with an even-par 213 tally. After posting back-to-back 72s in yesterday's opening day of play, he closed with his team-best ninth sub-par round of the season with a two-under 69. Opening with an eagle on No. 1 and birding two -- Nos 3 and 6 -- he quickly found himself four-under heading to the seventh hole. After making eight straight pars, he closed bogeying two -- Nos. 15 and 17 -- of the final four holes to finish two-under.
Continuing his strong spring Hrynewich finished with a season-best tie for 13th with a four-over 217 tally. After leading the Wolverines with an even-par 71 in the first round, he could not get a red number in the second round as he posted a 76. Rebounding in the final round for the second straight even, he used four birdies to post his fifth sub-par round of the season at one-under 70 enabling his 217 and his second top 20 finish of the season.
After posting opening day rounds of 76 and 75, O'Neill rallied in the final round posting an even-par 71 giving him a 222 and tie for 29th finish. Fellow junior Brett McIntosh returned to the starting lineup and equaled his classmate's tally at 222 after he posted three straight rounds of 74. Sophomore Bryce Evon rounded out the Wolverine starting five as he tied for 50th at 227 (79-71-77), while sophomore Tom Swanson played as an individual and tied for 54th at 228 (78-76-74).
The Wolverines will now turn their attention to finishing the semester and prepping for postseason play. First up will be the Big Ten Championships, which will be Friday through Sunday (April 24-26). For the fourth straight year the conference championships will be held at a neutral location. This year, the men's championship moves to Victoria National in Newburgh, Indiana. The 72-hole event will feature all 14 Big Ten teams competing for an automatic bid to an NCAA regional.