Despite playing on its home course, the Michigan golf team opened with a disappointing start to the 2011 season.
After finishing 10th in last year’s NCAA Championship, the Wolverines — led by new coach Chris Witten — struggled in the Wolverine Intercollegiate Tournament, finishing tied for sixth.
Junior Jack Schultz, who tied for 10th, was Michigan’s top finisher. Schultz shot a second-round 3-under on his way to an even-par finish in the two-day 54-hole event.
Junior Miguel Echavarria shot 1-over, finishing a career-best 14th place. Only one other Wolverine, senior Matt Thompson (27th), finished in the top half of the field.
Missouri’s Jace Long led all golfers with a 7-under performance but got little help from his fellow Tigers, who saw only one other golfer finish in the top-43.
No. 20 California ran away from the competition thanks to three Golden Bears placing in the top-five. The tournament favorite shot 13-under, 12 strokes ahead of second-place Baylor.
Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina rounded out the top-five.
The tournament was a homecoming for Tar Heel coach Andrew Sapp. Sapp, in his first action as North Carolina’s head coach, left for his alma mater during the offseason after nine years at the helm of Michigan.