March 5, 2014
Site: Coral Gables, Fla.
Course: Biltmore Golf Course (par 71, 6,092 yards)
Tournament: Hurricane Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 12th Place of 18 Teams (303-301-291/895)
Top U-M Individual: Alyssa Shimel, tie-19th (74-76-69/219)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., March 14-16 -- at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Michigan women's golf team posted a season-low score of 291 to finish with an 895 total and earn 12th place today (Wednesday, March 5) in the Hurricane Invitational held at the Biltmore Golf Course.
The Wolverines were led in the final round by a career-low 69 from Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood), who shaved three strokes off her previous best single-round score. Shimel's low final round and the team-leading 10 birdies she carded throughout the tournament helped her finish with a new 54-hole low score of 219.
After opening-round 74s from Shimel and Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS), U-M was tied for 12th place after one day of play with a 303 total. On day two, Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), chipped in with another 74 as Michigan lowered its team total to 301 but dropped to 14th in the standings.
Shimel tied for 19th place (74-76-69/219), marking her fifth career top-20 finish and her first of the season. Behind Shimel, Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) tied for 39th place (77-75-73/225), Grogan tied for 45th (78-74-74/226) and Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) tied for 60th (79-76-75/230).
Competing as individuals, Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) tied for 87th place (74-82-86/242), while Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) finished 93rd (80-82-91/253).
Peters helped the team with her opening-round 74 but was disqualified in the second round after signing an incorrect scorecard. She shot 76 on the final day.
Michigan has a short break before it heads to Mesa, Ariz., for the Clover Cup Invitational next weekend (March 14-16).
Final Team Standings
1. Northwestern 290-284-290 = 864 (+12)
2. Iowa State 285-286-294 = 865
3. Miami 284-295-295 = 874
4. Campbell 289-296-292 = 877
5. Kennesaw State 289-297-292 = 878
6. East Carolina 290-298-294 = 882
7. Mercer 291-294-303 = 888
8. South Florida 299-296-295 = 890
9. Daytona State College 304-293-294 = 891
10. Middle Tennessee 301-296-296 = 893
Texas State 302-291-300 = 893
12. MICHIGAN 303-301-291 = 895
13. Texas Tech 304-293-307 = 904
14. Maryland 303-309-295 = 907
15. Iowa 302-300-309 = 911
16. Longwood 306-304-308 = 918
17. Miami (B) 309-300-314 = 923
18. James Madison 312-313-313 = 938
1. Daniela Darquea, Miami 68-72-71 = 211 (-2)
2. Sasikarn On-Iam, Iowa State 69-69-73 = 211
3. Avery George, Middle Tennessee 69-70-73 = 212
4. Ines Lescudier, Kennesaw State 72-70-71 = 213
5. Tiffany Chan, Daytona State College 75-68-71 = 214
Hana Lee, Northwestern 71-73-70 = 214
7. Chonlada Chayanun, Iowa State 73-70-72 = 215
Kacie Komoto, Northwestern 76-69-70 = 215
Amanda Steinhagen, Longwood 70-71-74 = 215
Kaylin Yost, Campbell 70-73-72 = 215
Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland 71-72-73 = 216
Fanny Wolte, East Carolina 72-72-72 = 216
13. Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina 71-74-72 = 217
Kaitlin Park, Northwestern 73-69-75 = 217
Kaew Preamchuen, Kennesaw State 75-73-69 = 217
T19. Alyssa Shimel 74-76-69 = 219
T39. Grace Choi 77-75-73 = 225
T45. Lauren Grogan 78-74-74 = 226
T60. Yugene Lee 79-76-75 = 230
-- Catherine Peters 74-DQ-76#
T87. Chelsea Pezzola 74-82-86 = 242*
93. Devon Compton 80-82-91 = 253*
* Competed as an individual
# Disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard
N O T E S
This was U-M's second time competing in the Hurricane Invitational. In 2012, the team finished seventh in a 16-team field. Alyssa Shimel, Yugene Lee and Lauren Grogan started for U-M in their last trip to Coral Gables, and Devon Compton competed as an individual, making this the second go-round at the tournament for all four players.
Alyssa Shimel posted career-low 18-hole (69) and 54-hole (219) scores as part of her tie for 19th. Shimel has now earned two top-25 finishes at the Hurricane Invitational. She tied for 22nd place with a 234 total when she competed in the 2012 tournament.
As U-M's most experienced golfer, Alyssa Shimel leads the team with 35 career events, starting in each contest.
After starting 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. She has started 19 consecutive events for U-M.
The Hurricane Invitational marks the second of five spring events for the Wolverines. Michigan's spring slate had one change; U-M will now compete in the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1) instead of the event originally scheduled at San Diego State.
The team's trip to Coral Gables, Fla., fell during U-M's spring break, which extends from Saturday, March 1, to Sunday, March 9. The Wolverines will remain in the Miami area until Saturday (March 8) to enjoy their break from the classroom and get in a few more practice rounds in warm weather before returning to Ann Arbor.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On the tournament as a whole and course conditions in Coral Gables ... "The Biltmore is a great course for us as our second event of the spring. It is very challenging around the greens, but off the tee it's fairly open so it's a very playable golf course, and you have the ability to score if you can get your ball up and down and putt. I saw a lot of positives from this week, and I'm very pleased, particularly today. Every one of our players competing was under par at one point today, and that's a new experience. There are good days ahead, and it's exciting to see."
On the keys to improving round to round ... "We're getting a better feel for scoring, to be honest. Our bad rounds are starting to become mid-70s rounds and our good rounds are low 70s, and that's starting to become the expectation as well. Our focus is going to continue to be doing our best from every single shot we hit and how we prepare. We're seeing the results start to take shape."
On whether or not it helped to have a few players who participated in the 2012 Hurricane Invitational ... "No, it was a totally different course, but having Puerto Rico under our belt helps. Because we're on our winter break, we were able to fly down Friday and have two days of practice before the tournament started, and I think that played a role."
On what she will look for from the team at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16) in Mesa, Ariz. ... "(Just to) continue on our track. I feel like the team should walk away from this tournament with some confidence, particularly Alyssa (Shimel) and Cat (Peters). Cat was under par all three days, and Alyssa at one point today was four under, and today was her low round as a college golfer. I'm very, very proud of her. She put together a real solid round, particularly at the end, hanging in there to keep it under par. She has been working really hard on some mental aspects to the game and made some great progress, and I think it's going to continue to get better and better."
Contact: Chad Shepard