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

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
tournament.”

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

“(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
season.”

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
Championships.

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

“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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