The Michigan men’s golf team’s season came to a premature end during the NCAA Washington Regional last week, as the Wolverines shot 886 (292-298-296) to finish in 10th place, missing the top-five finish needed to advance to Nationals. Southern California clinched first, 37 strokes ahead of Michigan.
Junior Kyle Mueller shot a 212 (71-71-70) to finish tied for eighth place, but came up one stroke shy of forcing a playoff to go to Nationals as an individual.
Call it luck, or call it hard-fought will, but Michigan finally made it over the hump to hang a banner. For the Wolverines, they needed a flawless final minute of regulation. And in that minute, 44 years of waiting materialized right on cue.
The Wolverines have had a program record-breaking season with 26 victories thus far, and a win over the Wildcats would put them just one step closer to doing something that they have never done before: hanging a banner in the Crisler Center rafters.