This Week in Michigan Men’s Golf: Mossy Oak Collegiate

This Week in Michigan Men’s Golf: Mossy Oak Collegiate

4/9/2022 7:45:00 PM

// Tom Wywrot

»Michigan will continue its spring season by heading to West Point, Miss., For the Mossy Oak Collegiate.
»The two-day, 54-hole event will be played at Mossy Oak Golf Club.
» Brendan O’Reilly and Hunter Thomson have started all eight events so far this season and are both in the lineup this week.
»In his last three events, O’Reilly has shot eight of his nine rounds at 73 or better.

Mon-Tue, April 11-12 – at Mossy Oak Collegiate (West Point, Miss.)
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Next on the Tee: Mossy Oak Collegiate

The University of Michigan men’s golf team heads back out on the road to West Point, Miss., Monday and Tuesday (April 10-11) for the Mossy Oak Collegiate Hosted by Mississippi State. The two-day, 54-hole competition will be played at Mossy Oak Golf Club. Scoring will be five players, count the four lowest scores. The field will play in foursomes throughout the event. The course is scheduled to be set up as a par 72 at 7,212 yards.

The Mossy Oak Collegiate Field

There will be 19 teams competing at the Mossy Oak Collegiate: Arkansas State, Auburn, Chattanooga, Florida State, Kansas State, Lipscomb, Louisiana, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss , South Alabama, Southern Miss, LLC and Vanderbilt.

The Mossy Oak Collegiate Schedule

Saturday, April 9 – Travel Day
Sunday, April 10 – Practice Round (18), 10:30 am CDT (tee time)
Monday, April 11 – First Round (18), 8 am CDT (shotgun start) with Arkansas State, ULM, Louisiana Tech
Monday, April 11 – Second Round (18), continuous play after completion of the first round
Tuesday, April 12 – Final Round (18), 8 am CDT (tee times off Nos. 1 and 10)

The Mossy Oak Collegiate Lineup

Michigan will travel a five-member starting group to the Mossy Oak Collegiate. Graduate student Brendan O’Reilly and freshman Hunter Thomson head up the squad with fellow freshmen Bavake Sihota and Yuqi Liu and senior Patrick Sullivan rounding of the UM’s five.

Wolverine Bites

• UM has four top-five finishes this season including a rally to tie for the team title at the Desert Mountain Collegiate. The Wolverines opened the season with a third-place showing at the Island Resort Intercollegiate and followed with a runner-up finish at the Macdonald Cup, where Will Anderson earned his first Collegiate win. The Maize and Blue added a tie for fifth at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate after tallying a season-best 857 (-7) team total.

• Michigan’s Rally to share the team title at the Desert Mountain Collegiate gave the Wolverines their first team title in five years and first under head Coach Zach Barlow. The last win for the Bread and Blue was at Desert Mountain (March 4-5, 2017). UM, which has hosted the Desert Mountain Collegiate seven times, has two team titles (2017, ’22) and three runner-up finishes (2015, ’16, ’18) in the event.

• What a successful spring break for Brendan O’Reillywho led UM for the first time at the Lake Las Vegas Intercollegiate (tie-21st) and tied for the 11th at the Desert Mountain Collegiate. He made it to three straight events as the top Wolverines as he and Hunter Thomson guided the Bread and Blue at the Louisiana Classics. Throughout his last three events, O’Reilly has posted eight of nine rounds of 73 or better, with two sub-par rounds and two par. He is now averaging 73.39 per round this season, which is fourth on the Wolverines.

Will Anderson has finished as the top Wolverine in seven of his 14 career tournaments. He leads the team with a 72.75 scoring average as he is tied for the team lead with eight sub-par rounds, including a career-low 66 (-4) at the Macdonald Cup (first round). He leads UM with a 218.25 54-hole average, nearly two shots better than any other Wolverine.

Hunter Thomson continues to shine in his first season in Ann Arbor. He posted his second runner-up finish at the Desert Mountain Collegiate after recording his fourth sub-par 54-hole total this season. Averaging 73.17 per round – second on UM – they are tied for the team lead with eight sub-par rounds. He recorded a career-low 66 (-4) in the second round of the Macdonald Cup, which led to a career-low 207 (-3) 54-hole total.

Patrick Sullivan continues to be a steady force in his final season, posting a career-best 73.35 average, which is nearly two strokes better than his prior best of 75.33 last season. He has three top-25 individual finishes in seven starts. He has highlighted this season with a career-low 213 (-3) at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate and has carded seven sub-par tallies, which tops his total for his first three seasons combined (5).

• After winning his first Collegiate title, Will Anderson was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Sept. 29. Carding a career-low 204 (-6), Anderson led from start to finish to win the Yale’s Macdonald Cup. He lowered his career-best 54-hole total by 12 shots.

• After finishing as the runner-up in 2019, Patrick Sullivan used a 2-and-1 Victory over Eastern Michigan’s Tyler Rayman to win the 110th Michigan Amateur Championship at Cascade Hills Country Club last summer. Sullivan became the 16th Wolverine to hoist the Staghorn Trophy and is the first UM golfer to win since Andrew Chapman’s title run in 2013. UM now has 26 overall titles in the state amateur’s history.

Up Next

Sat-Sun., April 23-24 – at Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)

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