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JUNE 12, 2000 1
Harris qualifies for U.S.
Open at Pebble Beach
By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
The eyes of the entire golfing world
will be focused on
Pebble Beach this
weekend as the
U.S. Open gets
under way. But,
Harris won't be
watching - he'll l
be playing out his
the 156-player field by finishing sec-
ond in a sectional qualifier at the
Knollwood Club in Lake Forest. Ill. He
shot a 74-68 for a 142 total, one stroke
behind the winner
The field is fll of names like Tiger
Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack
Nicklaus. There will be exhaustive tele-
vision coverage, big crowds, and even
bigger pressure. Pebble Beach draws
the very best, and Harris is hoping it
will bring the best out of him.
Harris will be teeing off at 3 p.m. on
Thursday and 10:40 a.m. on Friday. The
field will be cut down to the top sixty
golfers after Friday's round.
Coming fresh out of college and
facing the top players in the world
would be disconcerting in many peo-
ple's minds. But, there are no worries
about how Harris will handle it.
"He's one of those guys who won't
be intimidated," Michigan men's golf
coach Jim Carras said.
Harris' quiet, no frills approach to
the game could be perfect for this kind
of high pressure situation. He rarely
displays any outward emotion, but he's
got a game that speaks volumes.
"He's got the game and he is as
capable as anyone," Carras said.
Harris making the field boosts the
image of Michigan golf, and Carras
couldn't be happier for Harris.
"It's phenomenal,-well-deserved and
we're very excited. It couldn't happen to
a nicer guy - I know a lot of people say
that, but I mean it," Carras said.
Does Harris have a chance? On
paper, it doesn't look possible. A first-
year qualifier winning the U.S. Open
has happened only five times. the last
time in 1913, so Carras isn't expecting
"I just told him (before he left),
Michael, you've done everything you
need to do, so just go out and have
fun'.' Carras said.
One of the best golfers in Wolverine
history, Harris had a school record
72.23 stroke average his senior year. He
also won four tournaments - the
Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational, the
Stan Sheriff Invitational, the Mauna
Key Resort Invitational, and the Dr.
Pepper Tanglewood Intercollegiate.
The defending Big Tett champion.
Harris finished fifth this year, but was
still named to the Big Ten Conference
all-Championship Team and all-Big
Ten first team.
"He's definitely the most accom-
plished golfer that I've coached in my'
21 years here," Carras said.
Next week, everyone will find out if
the Michigan experience paid off for
Harris. If nothing else, it will be a great
learning experience, and perhaps the
beginning of a great career
Who says dreams don t come true.
Surrd Parrish taken in first
round of MLB draft by Yankees."
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Editor
Usually a relatively relaxed and
poised individual, David Parrish spent
last Monday in a panicked frenzy.
The problem was that Parrish, not
necessarily an electronics wizard,
couldn't figure out why his computer
refused to upload the 2000 Major
League Baseball draft on majorleague-
But from a broader perspective, the
impending realization of a lifelong
dream was the cause of the anxiety.
The power hitter sat at his computer
in his home in Yorba Linda, Cal. wal-
lowing in technological frustration until
his mom informed him that he had a
phone call from New York Yankees
scout Dick Groch. Parrish's unusual
impatience was soon replaced by visi-
ble jubilation with the news that base-
ball's most storied franchise had made
him its first round selection. the 28th
overall pick of the draft.
"I was shocked" Parrish said. "I was
hoping there might be an outside
chance to sneak into the first round."
With the completion of his junior
season at Michigan, questions still
existed regarding whether or not
Parrish would return for a final year in
Ann Arbor. He initially said that he
would likely turn professional if he was
drafted within the first 10 rounds.
In the weeks approaching the draft,
experts began projecting Parrish as a
second to fifth round pick. His surpris-
ing ascent into the first round likely
resulted from a productive pre-draft
camp with the Yankees at Legends
Field, New York's spring training facili-
ty in Tampa Bay.
"Personally, I thought I did twice as
good at the Yankee's camp as I did in
Anaheim or Cincinnati," Parrish said.
"I thought maybe I rubbed some people
the right way."
The Yankees also drafted Parrish out
of high school in the tenth round of the
1997 draft. Parrish expressed satisfac-
tion with the team that selected him.
"The Yankees impressed me more
than the other clubs because of the way
they handled their business," Parrish
said, "They're a top notch organiza-
Immediately after speaking with
Groch, Parrish phoned his father,
Detroit Tigers' third base coach Lance
Parrish. Besides being a proud fathe,
the elder Parrish will also be handl
business affairs for his son, at least for
the time being. The younger Parrish has
not yet signed an agent, hence his colle-
giate eligibility isn't lost.
But it does appear a foregone conclu-
sion that Parrish has played his last
game as a Wolverine.
"It's about as close as you can get to
a sure thing that I won't be back."
Parrish said. "We'll see how the negg
ations go, but I'm looking to sign."
Michigan coach Geoff Zahn said ear-
lier that he had never expected Parrish
to play for Michigan for four years.
"I'm really proud of David," Zahn
said. "I know how hard and how long
he's been working for this."
The next person in line for the
Wolverines' catching job is most likely
sophomore Alex Coleman. Coleman
will be looking to avoid joining the
ranks of the overshadowed.
"I think Alex can be a very S
player at this level," Zahn said.
Coleman hopes to gain the starting
job with hard work, but he isn't expect-
ing to top Parrish's production in the
"He's David Parrish, there's no way I
can step up to him,' Coleman said.
"He's so much better than me, I'd be
happy to have people compare me with
In 2000, Parrish led Michigan irt%4
hog (.356), homeruns (11), and runs
batted in (41).
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