The Michigan men’s golf team saved its very best for

On the final day of the Big Ten Tournament —
Michigan’s last round of the spring season — the
Wolverines combined for a season-best two under-par score of 282 to
finish tied for seventh-place overall. Michigan eclipsed its lowest
score for one round on the season, a 290 at the Hoosier
Invitational in September.

“Shooting two-under is the best we’ve played since
I’ve been here,” Michigan coach Andrew Sapp said.
“It’s a great way to finish off the

The Wolverines opened the tournament with rounds of 297 and 292,
placing them in tenth place entering yesterday’s final

“(Saturday) was a little disappointing for us,”
Michigan sophomore Christian Vozza said. “We came back real
strong (yesterday). Shooting two-under as a team —
that’s our lowest score ever.”

Michigan freshman Kevin Dore led the Wolverines with a
final-round 68 on Sunday. Dore’s three-under-par effort was
the best round of his Wolverine career.

“I just tried to relax and have fun out there,” Dore
said. “It was a fun atmosphere because there were a lot of
people on the course watching. It’s a great way to end the

Dore’s combined tournament score of 214 was tied for the
tenth-best individual effort.

Michigan’s Vozza finished with a five-over 218, Rob Tighe
carded a 219 and Dave Nichols and Scott Carleton finished with
scores of 224 and 226, respectively, for the Wolverines.

Carlton, playing in his final tournament as a Wolverine, showed
the most improvement of any player. After a first-round 80 and a
second round 75, Carlton set a goal for yesterday’s final
round — and achieved it.

“I told myself at the beginning of the day that I wanted
to birdie the last hole of the day to finish out my college
career,” Carlton said “To birdie the last two (holes)
and get back to even — that was pretty great.”

Carlton’s final round 71 was his lowest score since a 70
at the Marshall Invitational his freshman year. It was his
third-consecutive year he carded a 71 at the Big Ten

The Wolverines had heightened expectations coming into the
weekend. As host, Michigan hoped to finish in the top half of the

“We came in seeded ninth, and I hoped the home-course
advantage would get us through the top five or so,” Sapp
said. “We just got off to a rough start yesterday morning,
which prevented us from doing that.”

Despite a disappointing season — the team had just one
top-five finish — the Wolverines were happy the way their
season ended.

“If we played (on Saturday) the way that we had played
(yesterday), we would have had a shot at making the top
three,” Vozza said.

Ohio State’s Kevin Hall placed first at the tournament
with a 54-hole tournament record 199 and led Ohio State to the team
championship. The Buckeyes finished 55 strokes ahead of las-place
finisher Wisconsin.

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