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Thomson is gearing up for a trip to the NCAA West Lafayette Regional

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the first time in six years, a University of Michigan men’s golfer will participate in the NCAA postseason after juniors Hunter Thomson was selected as an individual participant for the West Lafayette (Ind.) Regional, Monday through Wednesday (May 13-15) at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. Thomson will compete for one of the top individual spots to advance to the NCAA Finals. The course is planned for a par 72 and 7,465 yards.

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• In his first career NCAA postseason event, Thomson will be one of 10 people playing at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. There are six regional locations with 81 teams and 45 individuals. The top five teams and top six individual teams from non-qualifying teams from each region will advance to the NCAA Finals in Carlsbad, California, at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

• The West Lafayette Regional features 13 teams and 10 individuals competing for a spot to advance to the NCAA Finals. The list of teams (by seed) in the region includes No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 New Mexico, No. 5 Purdue, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 7 Mississippi State , No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 College of Charleston, No. 10 Stetson, No. 11 Colorado State, No. 12 Southern Illinois and No. 13 Tennessee Tech.

• The seeding for the 10 invited individuals includes No. 1 Caleb VanArragon (Valparaiso), No. 2 Thomson (Michigan), No. 3 Cameron Huss (Wisconsin), No. 4 Barend Botha (Toledo), No. 5 Valentin Peugnet ( Illinois State), No. 6 Owen Stamper (Middle Tennessee), No. 7 Alex McCulla (Illinois State), No. 8 Ty Gingerich (Cincinnati), No. 9 Luke Fuller (Western Kentucky) and No. 10 Ben Ortwein (Rider ) .

• Thomson becomes the fourth Wolverine to earn a regional invitation and the first since Kyle Mueller in 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Mueller then won the regional match against Ohio State on the Scarlet Course (208, -5) to advance to the NCAA Finals. UM’s other two individual regional bids include Matt Thompson in 2012 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Chris O’Neill in 2014 (Sugar Grove, Illinois).

• The Big Ten has nine representatives at an NCAA Regional – six teams and three individuals. No. 5 seed Northwestern and No. 11 seed Michigan State will be in the Chapel Hill Regional, while host and No. 5 seed Purdue, along with No. 8 seed Indiana and individuals Thomson (Michigan) and Cameron Huss (Wisconsin) will be in the West Lafayette region. No. 3 seed Illinois heads to the Stanford Regional with Minnesota’s Ben Warian, while No. 6 seed Ohio State will play in the Baton Rouge Regional.

• Thomson is having a record-breaking season, leading UM with a 70.39 scoring average – a program record pace. No Wolverine has finished a season with a scoring average below 70. He has recorded 26 of his 36 rounds at or below par, with a team-best 21 sub-par matches and 16 sub-70 rounds. Opening the spring season, Thomson fired a career-low 64 (-8), tying UM’s second-lowest single-round scoring record.

• Thomson was named to the All-Big Ten first team, becoming the first Wolverine in six years to receive conference honors. He is the first Wolverine to earn first-team honors since 2018, when former UM great Mueller earned a spot three straight seasons.

• Thomson paced the Wolverines in nine of his 12 events and won his first collegiate event at Palmas del Mar Collegiate (Feb. 11-13) with a career-low 201 (68-69-64) 54-hole total. He added a pair of second-place finishes at the Island Resort Intercollegiate (September 3-4) and the Everett Buick GMC Classic (October 16-17). Thomson earned a second straight top-10 finish at the Big Ten Championships (April 26-28) and finished in a tie for eighth place.

• With seven sub-par 54-hole totals, Thomson averages 211.17 per event, almost five strokes under par. His career best in 201 at Palmas del Mar helped him to UM’s second-lowest single-round total in program history, trailing only Mueller’s UM record of 198 (69-65-65, -15) at the 2015 Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

• Thomson owns two of the top three best individual 54-hole totals in UM history – the total of 201 and a 202 (71-65-66, -14) at the 2023 Island Resort Intercollegiate (September 3-4) in the season-opening event. Overall, Thomson has 16 sub-par 54-hole totals in 35 career events.