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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - September 30, 1996 - 7B'

steady for
men's gol
By John Fredbrg
Daily Sports Wrter
While Michigan has competed in
only two meets this season, there is a
definite trend. Coach Jim Carras has
played redshirt freshman Michael
Harris in both.
"Harris is becoming the player we
thought he would be when we recruited
him," Carras said. "We redshirted him
last year so he could used to college.
We expect him to only get better
Harris has been very consistent for
Michigan so far with a 75 average. He
finished in a tie for seventh place this
weekend with a five-over par 149.
LINE-UP CHANGES: Michigan has
gone with two different line-ups in the
first two competitions. The core group
of senior David Jasper, junior Isaac
Hinkle and freshman Michael Harris
has led the way for the Wolverines. For
the Northern Intercollegiate, Carras
replaced seniors Brent Idalski and Kyle
'Dobbs with seniors Justin Hicks and
Adam Anderson.
Dobbs did not fulfill team require-
ments this week, while Idalski served
as best man in his brother's wedding.
Anderson and Hicks struggled this past
weekend as neither of the two could
break 80. The only Wolverines not to
play yet this season are sophomore
Mike Emanuel and junior Keith
end's Northern Intercollegiate featured
five of the 2] teams from the NCAA
Central Reigonal last spring. Ohio
State, Northwestern, Kent State and
Miami (Ohio) all finished in front of
Michigan. Indiana was right behind the
Wolverines in ninth.
BIG TEN PREVIEW: This weekend
twill not be the only time that the
Wolverines will test their skills at the
Ohio State course. The Big Ten chain-
kpionships will be held on Ohio State's
'scarlet course in May.
Ten of the I1 Big Ten teams compet-
,ed this weekend with only Minnesota
not particpating.
Michigan finished fourth among the
conference teams, matching last May's
in the Big Ten tournament perfor-
mance. Harris's two-day total placed
i in a tie for fourth among confer-
en~ce golfers.
an impressive showing over the week-
end placing third in the 15-team field.
That was not the only good thing that
came in threes for them. Kent State had
thiree golfers that tied for seventh in the
-6urnament. Ben Curtis, Todd
' icaster, and Scott Porter all shot
As over the two rounds.
proved themselves the team to beat this
e rin the Big Ten. Not only did
ekeye Chris Wollmann - the only
gIfer to shoot under par - win the
Jilrnament with a five-underl 39, Ohio
'ate's Craig Matthew finished in a
eond-place tie with three other
I'Ohio State is the clearly the team to
t in the conference," Carras said.
"1hey have 10-12 really quality play-
s. They have a very, very strong

. Couple all of that with the fact that
I14 conference championships are in
6lumbus and Ohio State looks.formi-

Men linksters take
eighth at Northern

By TJ. Berka
For the Daily
The Michigan men's golf team, play-
ing shorthanded, finished with a two-
round total of 615 (309-306), good for
eighth in the rain-shortened Northern
Intercollegiate Tournament in
The Northern, which saw Saturday's
round canceled due to rain and Friday's
rounds played in intermittent showers,
was won by host Ohio State. The
Buckeyes shot a two-round total of 589
(296-293), eight shots ahead of second
place Northwestern (297-300).
Kent State took third with a two-
round total of 601 (300-301). Ball
State took fourth with a 609 (306-303),
one shot ahead of Marshall and Purdue,
who tied for fifth. Miami of Ohio came
in seventh with a 612.
The Buckeyes also boasted the indi-
vidual champion in Chris Wollman,
who shot a five-under par 139 (70-69),
eight shots ahead of the nearest com-
petitors. Craig Matthew also helped out
Ohio State, playing into a four-person
tie for second with a three-over par 147
The Wolverines found themselves
with only three of their top five players
in Columbus. Kyle Dobbs could not
play because unfulfilled team require-
ments and Brent Idalski was busy serv-
ing as the best man at his brother's wed-
"I was somewhat satisfied with our
performance," Michigan coach Jim
Carras said. "We only brought three of
our top five players, and they shot well.
Unfortunately, our two replacements
did not do too well."
Michael Harris was the top finisher
for the Wolverines, tying for seventh
place with a five-over par 149 (74-75).
"Michael's playing really well,"
Carras said. "He is a young boy, only
18 years old, who has matured over the
summer, but he will get even better as

he keeps maturing."
- Isaac Hinkle (78-73) finished two
shots behind Harris, which was good
for an 18th place tie. David Jasper, who
already has one second-place finish
under his belt this season, finished tied
for 26th with a two-round total of 15?
(75-77). Justin Hicks (82-82) and
Adam Anderson (86-81), the replace-
ments for Dobbs and Idalski, also com-
peted for Michigan, tying for 72nd and
77th places respectively.
With their eighth-place finish this
weekend, the Wolverines were bettered
by four Big Ten teams, the Buckeyes,
the Wildcats and the Boilermakers
Purdue's strong showing was a surprise,
following a last-place finish at the
Falcon Invitational two weeks ago.
As has been the pattern so far, the
Wolverines came out slowly at the
Northern, finishing in Ilth placb the
first round.
However, Michigan finished eighth
in the next round, bumping them up to
their final position.
"I think we could of picked up a cou-
ple of spots if we had played on
Saturday," Carras said. "We were
upbeat going into the final round."
After Wollman lapped the field with
his five-under par total, a four way tie
for second ensued between Matthew,
Ball State's Kevin Reed, Indiana's
Randy Leen and Iowa's Chad McCarty.
Northwestern's Erik Ciotti took sixth
with a four-over par 148 (74-74), and
Harris led an eight-way tie for seventh.
Michigan next hits the links Saturday
at 8a.m. for the Wolverine Invitational.
The tournament runs through Sunday
afternoon. With Dobbs and Idalski
expected to be back, the Wolverines
expect to compete for the title.
"(The top five players) are all solid,"
Carras said. "If we could of had the full
team this weekend, we would have been
in the top three for sure, and Even in
contention for the title."

Michigan golfer Isaac Hinkle shot a 151(78-73) this weekend at the Northern Intercollegiate Tournament in Columbus.
Park wins Lady Badger Invite

1995 NCAA Champions.
Can they repeat?
Find out Oct. 14:
Only in the Daily

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
It was the perfect ending to a great day on the links.
Michigan women's golfer Sharon Park's final shot at the
Lady Badger Invitational in Wisconsin yesterday not only
wrapped up her second collegiate invitational victory, and not
only put the finishing touch on her collegiate-best round of
74 -- it also came from 60 yards away.
Park holed out on No. 18 to finish the tournament with a
three-round 228 (78-76-74), a four-stroke win and a career-
best 54-hole total. Park, a sophomore, also won last spring's
Boilermaker Invitational.
"When I started out I knew I could make up some strokes
easily," Park said. "I knew that I could improve every round,
and I did. I was hitting the ball a lot better this tournament. It

just all came together for me this weekend.
"I'm happy that our team also played well."
Michigan finished the invitational in third place with a 961
(325-318-318). Although the Wolverines finished only four
strokes behind second-place Purdue, it was Minnesota that
ran away with the tournament, cruising to a 19-stroke victo-
"Minnesota played extremely well this weekend,"
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert said. "I guess they just
enjoyed playing with Wolverines, because they were paired
with us the last two days."
Michigan's next-best finish came from senior Wendy
Westfall, whose 236 placed her ninth overall.
"I'm really excited for the team," Teichert said. "We're get-
ting better every time out."

Continued from Page 38
up these days.
Actually, it's too bad the two
schools don't meet on the football
field more often. Southern Cal
against Notre Dame is a renowned
inter-sectional rivalry. Why not
Michigan against UCLA?

"It could happeni
in, year-out series,"

if it was a year-
said Tom

Ramsey, a former UCLA quarter-
back, who was 2-1 against the
Wolverines. "The only reason USC-
Notre Dame have that rivalry is
because they have that home-and-
home series.
"I think UCLA-Michigan would
be a great non-conference rivalry."

The Bruins and Wolverines don't
meet again until the 2000 season.
Maybe after that, the schedule mak-
ers will pit the Michigan of the West
and the UCLA of the Midwest
together each season.
They should.
- Barry Sollenberger can be
reached over e-mail at
jsol ijumich.edu

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