Junior Golf
Wolverines to Begin NCAA Trek with Trip Out West
Written By: twywrot@umich.edu

THIS WEEK
Mon-Wed., May 15-17 -- at NCAA Washington Regional (Sammamish, Wash.)
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Next on the Tee: NCAA Washington Regional
Postseason play continues! For the third straight year, the University of Michigan men's golf team will return to an NCAA regional as a team. The Wolverines will head to Sammamish, Washington, Monday through Wednesday, May 15-17, for the NCAA Washington Regional site. One of six regional sites, the 54-hole event, featuring 14 teams and five individuals, will be played at the Aldarra Golf Club. The regional will be played in a 5-count-4 format with the course set up for a par of 71 at 6,912 yards.

The NCAA Washington Regional Field
The NCAA Washington Regional will feature a 14-team, five-individual field competing for a top-six finish in order to move on to the NCAA Finals.

Teams
1. USC
2. Kent State
3. Texas A&M
4. Florida State
5. Washington
6. Alabama
7. San Diego State
8. UTEP
9. Penn State
10. Michigan
11. Michigan State
12. Seattle
13. Marquette
14. Bryant

Individuals
1. Hidetoshi Yoshihara, UCLA
2. Tim Widing, San Francisco
3. Ryan Wallen, Wyoming
4. Cole Madey, UCLA
5. Michael Colgate, Nebraska

The NCAA Washington Regional Schedule
Saturday, May 13 - Travel Day
Sunday, May 14 -- Practice Round (18), 9 a.m. PT (shotgun)
Monday, May 15 -- First Round (18), 8 a.m. PT (tee time off No. 10 with Michigan State and Seattle)
Tuesday, May 16 -- Second Round (18), 8 a.m. PT (tee times off No. 1 and 10)
Wednesday, May 17 -- Final Round (18), 8 a.m. PT (tee times off No. 1 and 10)

The NCAA Washington Regional Lineup
Michigan will have five players travel to the regional, including junior Kyle Mueller, sophomore Nick Carlson, senior Bryce Evon, junior Ian Kim and senior Tom Swanson.

NCAA Regional Experience
• Kyle Mueller -- third: 2015# (t-2nd, 207, -9), 2016 (t-56th, 220)
• Tom Swanson -- third: 2015 (t-62nd, 226), 2016 (t-67th, 225)
• Nick Carlson -- second: 2016 (t-56th, 220)
• Bryce Evon -- second: 2015 (t-33rd, 219)
• Ian Kim -- first, 2017 (TBD)
# advanced to NCAA Finals as individual, tying for 94th (229)

Advancing the NCAA Finals
From each regional, the top five teams and top low individual not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Finals, to be held Friday through Wednesday, May 26-31, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

The NCAA Finals Format
The 2017 finals format will consist of three days (54 holes) of stroke play for all competitors, Friday through Sunday (May 26-28). Following 54 holes of competition, the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance for one additional day of stroke play Monday (May 29) to determine the top eight teams for match-play competition and the 72-hole stroke-play individual champion. After Monday, the top eight teams advance to match play for the team championship.

Michigan at the NCAA Postseason
This year's NCAA regional selection marks U-M's 40th NCAA postseason appearance and the program's 12th regional since the format changed to regional play in 1989. The Wolverines have participated as a team in six Central Regionals (1995, '97, 2000, '08, '10, '11), two Washington Regionals (2015, '17), the Southwest Regional (2009) and the Franklin Regional (2016). The Wolverines add two regional invitations in 2012 (Matt Thompson) and 2014 (Chris O'Neill). Overall, U-M has made 22 NCAA team final appearances winning back-to-back national titles in 1934 and 1935. The Wolverines have also had 10 individuals advance to the NCAA Finals, with the last by Kyle Mueller in 2015.

Michigan NCAA Regional History
• 1995: Central - 12th (890)
• 1997: Central - 8th (874)
• 2000: Central - t-11th (866)
• 2008: Central - t-12th (904)
• 2009: Southwest - 5th (888) - advanced to NCAA Finals
• 2009: NCAA Finals - advanced to NCAA Match Play
• 2009: NCAA Championship - Match Play Semifinalist
• 2010: Central - t-6th (848)
• 2011: Central - 1st (841) - advanced to NCAA Finals
• 2011: NCAA Finals - t-10th (892)
• 2012: Central: NTS Matt Thompson played as individual
• 2014: Central: NTS - Chris O'Neill played as individual
• 2015: Washington - 7th (863) Kyle Mueller advanced to NCAA Finals
• 2015: NCAA Finals - NTS - Mueller played as individual, tying for 94th
• 2016: Franklin - 10th (872)
• 2017: Washington - TBD

WOLVERINE BITES 
• How has the season gone? Michigan has posted six top-three finishes, with three team titles (Dayton Flyer Invitational, Desert Mountain Intercollegiate and Aggie Invitational), four individual medalists and one individual runner-up. The Wolverines are averaging a U-M-record pace 290.71 per team round with Kyle Mueller (71.43) and Nick Carlson (72.58) in a battle for the individual scoring record.

• Kyle Mueller was honored by the Big Ten with his third straight All-Big Ten selection and second straight first-team accolade. He becomes just the second Wolverine in program history to earn three All-Big Ten honors, joining Michael Harris, who was a three-time first teamer (1998-2000). Mueller earned second-team honors as a freshman (2015) and now has back-to-back years of first-team selections (2016 & 2017).

• Kyle Mueller was named one of 30 semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced on Thursday (June 1) at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Winners from all division will compete in the Barbasol Shootout Saturday (June 3) in Columbus, Ohio, for a spot in the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Shootout (July 20-23) in Opelika, Alabama.

• U-M's individual battle for the top two spots is heating up. Kyle Mueller is holding the lead with a 71.43 per-round average with 16 sub-par rounds. Nick Carlson has 10 rounds under par and is second at 72.58. U-M has 42 sub-par rounds to date and averages 74.30 per individual round.

• With his expected start at the NCAA Washington Regional, Kyle Mueller will have started 37 straight tournaments -- not missing an event his entire three seasons. He played in 13 events as a freshman after earning an individual invite to the NCAA Finals and started all 11 events as a sophomore. In addition to Mueller, Nick Carlson has yet to miss a tournament in two seasons starting all 23 of his events in his young career.

• Kyle MuellerNick Carlson and Reed Hrynewich have started all 12 events this season. The trio has led the Wolverines to two team titles and combined for three individual and two runner-up finishes. Mueller has led U-M is six tournaments, Carlson in four and Hrynewich in one. Together, they have shot 29 of the 42 sub-par rounds this season. Hrynewich and Mueller share the team's top spot for lowest round of the season at 66 (-6). In fact, of the 10 sub-par 54-hole totals, nine belong to this trio.

• Kyle Mueller is averaging 214.50 per 54-hole event. In fact, four of his eight tallies are under par with a season-low 209 (-7) posted at the Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 25-26), and five of Mueller's 54-hole event tallies are part of the top 10 lowest rounds by a Wolverine this season.

• In his final season, Reed Hrynewich is averaging a career-best 73.65, just under a stroke better than his prior best as a sophomore (74.39). He led U-M to its second team title this season at the Desert Mountain intercollegiate (March 4-5). Hrynewich was the runner-up medalist, posting a career-best 207 (-9) -- smashing his 54-hole previous best by seven strokes. En route to his best finish since his freshman season, he opened his tournament with a 68 (-4) and followed with a career-best 66 (-6), which included two eagles and four birdies.

• Using four individual sub-par rounds, Michigan posted a 270 (-14) final round at the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 19-20) to lower the program single-round record by two shots. Last fall, U-M posted a 272 (-12) in the first round of the MacKenzie (Oct. 12-13, 2015) to set a new program mark. Overall, it is just the seventh double-digit under par team total in U-M history. In addition, the record round shattered the event's single-round record by seven, which was posted by Duke (277) in the tournament's first round.

• U-M coach Chris Whitten had three early signings in the fall -- Connor Prassas (Winnetka, Ill.), Charlie Pilon (Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia) and Henry Spring (Whakatane, New Zealand). [ Release ]

FILLING THE SHOWCASE WITH INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES 
• Kyle Mueller used back-to-back rounds of 69 (-3) to win the rain shortened Aggie Invitational (April 1-2) with a U-M 36-hole record tying 138 (-6) total. He made 10 birdies in his 36 holes en route to the victory. The individual title is the second this season and the third of his career. [ Recap ]

• Ian Kim walked away with the individual title at the Dayton Individual (Oct. 17-18), winning a playoff against teammate Nick Carlson and helping U-M to its first team title of the season. Kim opened with a U-M career-best 70 (-1) and battled gusty winds to shoot 72 in the second round, finding himself tied with Carlson after regulation. Kim then got up and down for par on the first playoff hole to claim the individual trophy. [ Recap ]

• Kyle Mueller was the only individual to shoot three sub-par rounds at the Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 25-26). Using his length to his advantage, he played the par 5s at six under while recording 12 total birdies and an eagle. After back-to-back rounds of one-under 71, he was tied for seventh. Battling the gusty winds in the final round, he posted at 67 (-5) for the 78-player field's only sub-70 round to cap his second career title by three shots at 209 (-7). [ Recap ]

• Winning the first hole of a playoff, Nick Carlson won U-M's season-opening event -- the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 19-20) played at the famed Inverness Club. With a final-round career-best 67, Carlson finished regulation with a career-best 209 (69-73-67, -4) and tied with Duke's Jake Shuman (70-71-68). With a playoff needed to determine the overall medalist, Carlson stuck his approach to 15 feet for birdie and then tapped in for par on the opening hole, while Shuman missed right and bogeyed from 30 feet. [ Recap ]

CHIPS & PUTTS 
• Michigan has a record of 83-58-2 overall and 20-17-1 against the Big Ten this season.
• U-M is averaging just over a school-record-pace 290.71 per team round. The all-time mark was set last season (290.21, 2015-16).
• The Wolverines tallied a U-M-record 270 (-14) in the final round of the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 19-20). It topped the 272 (-12) set last season in the first round of The MacKenzie in 2015.
• A Wolverine has won four events this season -- Nick Carlson at the Inverness Intercollegiate, Kyle Mueller, twice -- at the Windon Memorial Classic and the Aggie Invitational and Ian Kim at the Dayton Flyer Invitational. Reed Hrynewich was the medalist runner-up at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate.
• The Wolverines have garnered four Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors.
• Through 12 events, Mueller (71.43) and Carlson (72.58) are close to resetting U-M's all-time mark for scoring average, set by Mueller (71.72, 2015-16) last season.

THE MAIZE AND BLUE RUN AT THE 2016 U.S. AMATEUR 
Michigan had three players -- Nick CarlsonKyle Mueller and Tom Swanson -- qualify and compete at the 2016 U.S. Amateur played at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Carlson, who earned the 41st seed for match play, was the lone Wolverine to advance out of match play and had a magical run to the Final Four.
After a 2-and-1 win over Zach Foshee (Oregon), Carlson faced No. 9 Scott Gregory (England). With the first of two 19-hole wins on the day, he took down Gregory and followed with a second extra-hole win over No. 8 K.K. Lambhaust (Cal) to reach the Elite Eight.

Trailing by two after nine holes to No. 33 seed Dylan Meyer (Illinois), a weather delay midway through the match helped Carlson refocus as he rallied to win five of the first six backside holes which led to an eventual 3-and-1 victory. Facing Curtis Luck in the semifinal, Carlson held a 1-up lead through 17 holes before dropping the 18th hole sending the match to extra holes. In a dramatic three extra holes, Carlson came up just short, losing 1-up to the eventual U.S. Amateur champ Luck. [ Reliving the U.S. Amateur | U-M at U.S. Amateur ]

UP NEXT
Fri-Wed., May 26-31 -- at NCAA Finals (Sugar Grove, Ill.)

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