Michigan finishes third at Island Resort Intercollegiate

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Michigan finishes third at Island Resort Intercollegiate

05/09/2022 17:12:00

// Tom Wywrot

With a second straight below-par team tally (287, -1), Michigan posted a total of 860 (-4) in the fall opener to finish third at the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run.
Wolverines’ 860 (-4) 54-hole total was the team’s third under-par tally in the Zach Barlow time.
» Play as an individual, Ben Hoagland had a career weekend, tied for fourth at 210 (-6) – a new career low of 19 shots. He shot a career-low 67 (-5) in the second round.
» Hunter Thomson (213, -3) and Will Anderson (214, -2) paced UM’s starting five, tied for ninth and 11th, respectively.

To place: Bark River, Mich.

Tournament: Island Resort Intercollegiate (Day 2 of 2)

Course: Sage Run Golf Course (Par 72, 7,375 yards)

Ranking of the UM team: 3rd place of 12 teams (291-282-287/860, -4)

Top UM Individual: Ben Hoaglandtied-4th (72-67-71/210, -6)

Next round UM: Sat-Sun, Sept. 24-25 — at the Macdonald Cup (New Haven, Conn.)

BARK RIVER, Mich. — A career weekend redshirt-sophomore individual performance Ben Hoagland and the 12 best finishes of the second-year starting duo Hunter Thomson and junior Will Anderson propelled the University of Michigan men’s golf team to an 860 (-4) and a third-place finish today (Monday, Sept. 5) at the Island Resort Intercollegiate at the Sage Run Golf Course.

With an opening of 71 (-1) from Anderson and an equal par of 72 from Thomson, the Wolverines opened the fall season with a total of 291 (+3) to position themselves third after the first 18 holes. Coming back for the second 18, Thomson produced a 70 (-2), Anderson had a second consecutive 71 (-1) and junior Jude Kim used seven birdies to card a 68 (-4) and give UM a team total of 282 (-6). With a total of 573 (-3) on the first day of action, the Maize and Blue remained in third place before the final round.

Off to a good start, Michigan went on the hunt, with 71s (-1) from Thomson and sophomore Bavake Sihota and a 72 (E) from Anderson. Late-round errors piled up as Wolverines repeated their third-place finish from a year ago with an opening tally of 860 (-4) – the third under-par team in Zach Barlow time.

“Overall, we’re disappointed that we couldn’t close it out today, but there were some positives as well,” Barlow said. “We learned a lot about ourselves and the difficulty of securing a tournament victory. We will be back and we will not take these experiences for granted.”

In addition to the strong team performance, Hoagland paced the Wolverines as an individual with a career weekend. He opened the event by setting a new career low with a 72 (E) and followed that up by using five birdies and an eagle in the second round to cap it all off with a new career high of 67 (-5), positioning it among the top five. and just two shots shy of the head. With 13 pars and three birdies, Hoagland closed with a second consecutive round under par (71, -1) to rank fourth with a career low of 210 (-6) – 19 strokes better than his previous best.

“I was able to get off to a good start and rode very well yesterday,” said Hoagland. “My ball-striking was very consistent all weekend. I tried to stay in rhythm and calm throughout the 54 holes. I just wanted to play my own game and I did. It was a good start to fall.”

“Ben played very well,” Barlow said. “We need the guys to step into those individual roles and send the message that they want to be in the lineup too. That’s how we will improve. I’m very happy for him, he’s worked so hard.”

In addition to the weekend of Hoagland, second year Yuqi Liu posted a 219 (74-72-73, +3) as an individual, lowering his career-best 54-hole total by five strokes.

Overall, the Wolverines had all five starters in the top 30, led by Thomson’s tie for ninth (72-70-71/213, -3) and Anderson’s tie for 11th (71 -71-72/214, -2). Sihota’s 218 (74-73-71) and Kim’s 219 (77-68-74) gave four in the top 25 as they tied for 21st and 23rd, respectively. Senior Pier Francesco De Col rounded out the starters, tied for 28th at 220 (74-73-73).

“Hunter and Will did what they do,” Barlow said. “Both are great players who will tell you they didn’t give their best this week but put in a solid finish. That’s proof they are improving.”

The Maize and Blue still have a few weeks before resuming competition. UM will travel to New Haven, Connecticut for the Yale Macdonald Cup on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25 at Yale Golf Course. Last year, Anderson’s medal honor (204, -6) led the Wolverines to a second-place finish.

Final team classification

 1. Illinois State       287-285-284 = 856 (-8)
    Toledo               281-286-289 = 856 (-8)
 3. MICHIGAN             291-282-287 = 860
 4. Kentucky             299-278-287 = 864
 5. North Dakota State   293-285-291 = 869
 6. Miami (Ohio)         295-283-294 = 872
 7. Southern Illinois    294-292-288 = 874
 8. Valparaiso           301-282-296 = 879
 9. Bowling Green        302-299-288 = 889
10. South Dakota State   302-295-298 = 895
11. Kentucky (B)         302-298-301 = 901
12. Green Bay            321-302-311 = 934
13. Northern Michigan    327-319-329 = 975

Best Individuals

 1. Valentin Peugnet, Illinois State   72-66-65 = 203 (-13)
 2. Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso       72-66-69 = 207
    NJ Botha, Toledo                   68-69-70 = 207
 4. BEN HOAGLAND, U-M                  72-67-71 = 210*
    Matthew Schaefer, SDSU             72-66-72 = 210
 6. Barend Botha, Toledo               71-70-70 = 211
 7. Nate Adams, NDSU                   74-70-68 = 212
    Garrett Wood, Kentucky             72-67-73 = 212
 9. HUNTER THOMSON, U-M                72-70-71 = 213
    Cameron Pero, Miami (Ohio)         74-67-72 = 213
11. WILL ANDERSON, U-M                 71-71-72 = 214
    Anthony Delisanti, Valparaiso      73-69-72 = 214
    Felix van Dijk, Illinois State     71-74-69 = 214

Other Michigan People

T21. Bavake Sihota           74-73-71 = 218
T23. Jude Kim                77-68-74 = 219
T28. Pier Francesco De Col   74-73-73 = 220
T23. Yuqi Liu                74-72-73 = 219*
T55. James Hill              78-76-76 = 230*
 79. Jack O'Donnell          89-78-86 = 253*

* playing as individuals
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