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Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

Michigan golfer Matt Thompson wins Windon Memorial, EMU seventh in team standings

By Staff

Michigan senior golfer Matt Thompson birdied three of his last five holes to win the Windon Memorial Classic at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Ill.

Thompson shot a 5-under 65 in Monday’s final round to finish with a three-round total of 205, two strokes better than Northwestern’s Eric Chun. The senior from Battle Creek was tied for 12th place after two rounds before rallying for his first collegiate title.

"It feels great to get that proverbial monkey off my back. It just feels good,” Thompson told “I was hoping one of these days everything would fall into place for me and finally it did."

Thompson’s 65 is the second-lowest round in Michigan history. Three players - Bill Rankin (2008), Christian Vozza (2005) and Michael Harris (1998) - have carded a 64.

Michigan shot an 866 to finish in eighth place at the 17-team event. Arkansas (847) won the team title with UCLA and Indiana (851) tying for second place.

Eastern Michigan finished one stroke better than their Washtenaw County neighbors and took seventh place. Sophomore Brian Churchill-Smith was the Eagles’ best individual. He shot a 2-over par 212, good for an eighth-place tie.

The finish was Churchill-Smith's fourth career top-10 finish in just 14 events, according to

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