12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 18, 1996
Michigan men look to Lilk the Kepler
Wolverines hope to guild off 5th-place finish at Legends of Indiana tourney
By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
It is a good news, bad news situa-
tion for the Michigan men's golfteam.
The good news is their performance
last weekend. The Wolverines' fifth-
place showing at the Legends of Indi-
ana tournament was their best of the
The bad news for Michigan is the
-opposition in this weekend's Kepler
,Invitational in Columbus.
"This is the strongest field that we
have competed against all season,"
Michigan coach Jim Carras said. "All
1I of the Big Ten teams will be there,
along with other tough teams in the
In addition to the Big Ten schools,
the Wolverines will be shooting
against top teams Miami (Ohio), Kent
State and Toledo.
Miami is a familiar foe for Michi-
gan, as the Redskins have finished
ahead of the Wolverines in all of the
This weekend is important for
Michigan in many ways. The Wolver-
ines will get their first chance to com-
pete against all of their conference
rivals in what should be a preview of
the conference tournament.
Perhaps more importantly, Michi-
gan still has a chance to qualify for
"We could take giant steps towards
making districts this weekend," Carras
said. "Before last weekend, there was
almost no possibility, but now there is
an outside chance."
The Wolverines were ranked 11th
in district four before last weekend's
high finish. The new rankings are not
out yet, but Michigan's strong week-
end cannot do anything but help. Only
the top six teams make it to districts,
so the Wolverines still have a lot of
work to do.
In the latest rankings released on
April 10, Ohio State, Minnesota,
Northwestern and Purdue were in the
top five in Michigan's district. This
will be the first time this spring that
the Wolverines have seen the Boiler-
makers, but the other three teams have
consistently finished ahead of the
Wolverines. The fifth ranked team in
the region is No. 3 Kent State, which
is also competing this weekend.
The lineup for Michigan will be
very similar to last weekend's.
Kyle Dobbs regained his No.1 spot
with his impressive showing in Indi-
ana. Dobbs finished the two-day event
in a second-place tie, the best finish
of any Wolverine golfer this season.
The junior looks to continue improv-
ing on his last two efforts, which saw
him shoot 228 and last weekend's
David Jasper will man the No. 2
position for Michigan. Jasper
struggled a bit last weekend in his
return from illness. Before missing
the Marshall Invitational, he had been
the most consistent golferin the spring
Keith Hinton moves back into the
No. 3 slot for the Wolverines. Hinton
is looking to rebound from his 235 in
the Legends tournament.
The sophomore from Port Huron
has shown flashes of brilliance this
year. His 220 at the Marshall invite
placed him seventh and was the best
54-hole score for Michigan this year.
Playing at No. 4 this weekend will
be freshman Isaac Hinkle. Hinkle had
the second-best score for the Wolver-
ines last weekend.
His 233 placed him behind only
Dobbs' 224. Hinkle has also been the
top golfer on the team at times this
year, as evidenced by his 226 in the
ReliaStar Collegiate this fall.
The fifth golfer that Michigan takes
will be determined in a team-held
qualifier that concludes tomorrow.
Among the prospects are senior cap-
tain Chris Brockway and juniors Jus-
tin Hicks, Brent Idalski and Adam
Scott MacDonald's Wolverines will be split three ways this weekend.
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By Kim Hart
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's track and field
team is following the example set by the
women's team, when the Wolverines di-
vided the women last weekend to partici-
pate in two meets. The men's team is
splitting up, but the men are taking it one
step further and splitting three ways this
The Wolverines were originally
scheduled to host the Phil Diamond
Open meet on Saturday but, due to
incomplete renovations at Ferry Field,
are on the road again to face competi-
tion. The women have the weekend off.
Approximately 12 runners are going
to Lawrence, Kan., to compete in the
71st annual Kansas Relays, and 14 run-
ners are headed to East Lansing's Ralph
Young Track to compete in the Michi-
gan State Spring Sports Festival.
The rest of the team, which is mainly
composed of distance runners, is taking
the weekend off from competition. These
Wolverines will bepracticingforthe Penn
Relays, which begin next Thursday.
"There was a monkey wrench in our
plans with the track not being done,"
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said. "Be-
ing at home would have been good for us,
going into the Penn Relays. We wouldn't
have had to make all the last-minute travel
arrangements, and the guys would have
had plenty of time to rest."
In Kansas, the Wolverine quartet of
Jeff Wood, Brian Renaldi, Todd
Burnham and Trinity Townsend is look-
ing to post a fast mile-relay time, and
Townsend is also looking for a strong
mark in the half-mile invitational face.
Neil Gardner, who is coming off an
NCAA provisional qualifying perfor-
mance from last weekend, is just gl
ting some extra time outdoors.
At East Lansing, the runners are sim-
ply looking for their best outdoor sea-
son performance without having to don
mittens and hats.
"The kids are frustrated with the
weather conditions we have been run-
ning under, with our past three away
meets," Warhurst said. "They are frus-
trated from a lack of practice outdoor
"We are looking for some nb
weather and a relaxed competition at
One thing the Wolverines will not
see in East Lansing is the Michigan
State team. The Spartans have decided
to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for a
competition instead of participating in
their own home meet.
Michigan is scheduled to host the Pad-
dock Invitational on May 11, but if the
track is not finished by then, the meet vg
be held at Eastern Michigan or at another
location to be announced later.
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