College notes: UM’s Kyle Mueller digs hole at NCAA golf finals

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Michigan senior golfer Kyle Mueller

The waiting game didn't sit well with Michigan's Kyle Mueller.

The senior golfer's tee time at the NCAA Championships was delayed several hours by lightning on Friday, and shortly after finally teeing off around 7 p.m. Eastern, Mueller dug himself a quick hole with a double-bogey on his second hole.

Mueller only completed nine holes Friday, and had to return bright and early Saturday to finish his first round and then turn right around and play his second. Halfway through the NCAA individual championships, he was at 8 over.

At Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., Mueller shot an opening-round 79, then rebounded with a second-round 73. He had a double-bogey in each round, but also an eagle in each — both rounds, he eagled the 570-yard, par-5 14th hole.

Still, arguably the most-decorated golfer in the history of the Michigan program, Mueller will have a lot of ground to make up during the final two rounds.

The leader as of early Saturday evening was Auburn's Brandon Mancheno, who was 6 under.

The NCAA Championships will be the final amateur tournament of Mueller's career. He plans to turn professional Monday, following the final round.

Mueller, 22, will participate in U.S. Open sectional qualifying early next month, and then will start competing in Monday PGA Tour qualifiers.

There was some good news Saturday for Mueller, who was named to the PING All-Midwest Region team. He’s the first-ever four-time selection.

Michigan senior tennis player Runhao Hua

That's a wrap

Michigan senior Runhao Hua capped a fine collegiate tennis career with a Round of 16 finish at the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Runhao's run came to an end Friday with a straight-set loss to Alabama's Mazen Osama, 6-1, 6-4. In the first round, he beat Florida's Johannes Ingildsen, 7-5, 6-2, and then in the second round, he rallied to beat Texas A&M's Patrick Kypson, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Hua, the only Michigan player at the NCAA Championships, finished his senior season with a 25-8 record, becoming the program's 27th member of the "20-20" club, meaning he had at least 20 singles and doubles victories in a season.

Hua, of China, finished his career with a 76-33 record, and was just the second Wolverine since 1992 to make the Round of 16, joining Evan King, who accomplished the feat in 2011 and 2013.

This and that

■ Among the state track-and-field athletes advancing to the NCAA Championships, starting June 6 in Eugene, Ore.: Western Michigan redshirt sophomore Gabrielle Collins (Caro), in the long jump; Eastern Michigan redshirt seniors Hlynur Andresson and Alsu Bogdanova, both in the steeplechase; Michigan State redshirt senior Katelyn Daniels, in the shot-put and discus; Michigan State freshman Sophia Franklin (Okemos), in the pole vault; Michigan State sophomore Dillon McClintock (Owosso) and red-shirt junior Justine Kiprotich (East Kentwood), both in the 1,500; Michigan State senior Max Benoit (Royal Oak), in the steeplechase; Michigan State senior Tim Ehrhardt and sophomore Nick Guerrant (Portage Northern), both in the decathlon; Michigan seniors Claire Borchers (Grand Haven) and Sarah Zieve, both in the steeplechase; Michigan senior Haley Meier (Grosse Pointe South), in the 1,500; Michigan senior Ben Flanagan, in the 10,000; Michigan junior Taylor McLaughlin, in the 400 hurdles; Michigan sophomore Brandon Piwinski (Warren De La Salle), in the high jump; Michigan sophomore Andrew Liskowitz and senior Grant Cartwright, both in the shot put; and Oakland redshirt senior Andrew Bowman (Marlette), in the steeplechase. 

■ In the NCAA Division 2 track-and-field championships, the Grand Valley State women finished fourth and the men finished five. The men were paced by junior Zach Panning, who won the national championship in the 5,000, with a time of 14:00.69. 

■ No tournament championships for any of the Division I state baseball teams, after the last team standing, Central Michigan, fell to Miami (Ohio), 9-8, in the Mid-American Conference semifinal Saturday in Avon, Ohio. The Chippewas, who won two elimination games Friday, finished 29-30-1 after starting 2-15-1.

■ Michigan's women's rowing team finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.