Choi's Runner-up Finish Helps Michigan Tie for Fourth in Arizona
Grace Choi

March 16, 2014

Site: Mesa, Ariz.
Course: Longbow Golf Club (par 72, 6,209 yards)
Tournament: Clover Cup Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: Tie-4th Place of 15 Teams (298-300-298/896)
Top U-M Individual: Grace Choi, tie-2nd (69-71-74/214)
Next U-M Event: Mon-Tue., March 31-April 1 -- at Hoya Invitational (Beallsville, Md.)

MESA, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan women's golf team finished in a tie for fourth place in the Clover Cup Invitational, which concluded Sunday (March 16) at Longbow Golf Club. Freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) finished tied for second individually, as she posted a career-best score of 214 over the three-day tournament.

After shooting a career-best 69 and leading the Wolverines to sole possession of second place following the first round of play, Choi followed up her impressive day-one performance with a 71 in the second round and a 74 on day three to finish two under par. She was one of only three competitors to finish under par.

Junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) registered one of the five best scores on the first day with an opening-round 73. In round two, she posted a 72, marking a season-best single round for the Columbus native. On Sunday, she finished with an 81 to close with 226 total strokes, just two shots short of her best 54-hole total for the season. Grogan finished in a tie for 23rd overall.

Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) came in with the third-lowest total for U-M, as she improved her score in each of the three rounds. After an opening-day 82, the sophomore registered a 76 on Saturday and a 73 in the final round to bring her total to 231 and a tie for 42nd.

Senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood) birdied three of the final five holes in the final round to tie for 58th overall. Her 73 on Sunday was her best round of the tournament and brought her total to 235. Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) finished two strokes behind Shimel in a tie for 64th place (78-81-78/237).

Michigan is off for the next two weeks before it heads to Beallsville, Md., for the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1).

Final Team Standings

  1. Louisville              299-292-297 = 888 (+24)
  2. Notre Dame              299-296-294 = 889
  3. Colorado                292-297-304 = 893
  4. MICHIGAN                298-300-298 = 896
     Mississippi             304-298-294 = 896
  6. UNLV                    307-297-294 = 898
  7. East Carolina           305-296-301 = 902
  8. Nebraska                300-310-293 = 903
  9. Kennesaw State          304-299-308 = 911
 10. Florida International   307-306-304 = 917
     Cincinnati              311-304-302 = 917
 12. Tulsa                   306-304-312 = 922
     Maryland                310-300-312 = 922
 14. New Mexico State        312-303-309 = 924
 15. St. John's              309-305-320 = 934

Top Individuals

  1. Kristina Nhim                 68-72-73 = 213 (-3)
  2. GRACE CHOI, U-M               69-71-74 = 214
     Jennifer Coleman, Colorado    69-70-75 = 214
  4. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV        76-70-72 = 218
  5. Emily Haas, Louisville        71-72-76 = 219
  6. Katelyn Wright, Nebraska      72-74-74 = 220
  7. Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland   74-73-74 = 221
     Fanny Wolte, ECU              74-74-73 = 221
     F. Gustafsson Spang, ECU      75-73-73 = 221
     Abby Newton, Mississippi      77-72-72 = 221
     Meghan MacLaren, FIU          75-73-73 = 221

Other Michigan Individuals

T23. Lauren Grogan      73-72-81 = 226 (+10)
T42. Catherine Peters   82-76-73 = 231
T58. Alyssa Shimel      78-84-73 = 235
T64. Yugene Lee         78-81-78 = 237


• Michigan competed in the Clover Cup Invitational for the third straight season. Freshman Grace Choi is the only Wolverine who had not previously competed in the tournament, as Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee returned to Mesa for the third time, while Catherine Peters and Lauren Grogan made their second trip.

Grace Choi posted career-low 18-hole (69) and 54-hole (214) scores as part of her tie for second place.

Grace Choi leads the way for U-M with three top-25 finishes. She tied for 24th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18) and finished 20th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point (Oct. 27-28). Lauren Grogan (19th at Challenge at Onion Creek, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and tie-23rd this weekend) and Alyssa Shimel (tie-19th at Hurricane Invitational, March 3-5) also own top-25 finishes this season.


Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On the team's performance ... "I am very pleased with our finish. After our first round, we were in a new position, in contention for the lead. In the past we dug ourselves a hole and worked out of it. Being in contention from the start this time, we handled it very well. We had a very difficult back nine with the wind today. The round got away from us a little bit, but I was happy with it overall. Our front nine started poorly, but we finished strong. It's our best finish as a team and I'm proud of them."

On Grace Choi's career-best weekend ... "Grace is a smart golfer. She was hitting the ball well this weekend. Her ball-striking was very solid and consistent. She gave herself birdie opportunities throughout and she putted well. That's a good combo for some good golf. I am proud of her. She handled herself well and finished with her best score as a college player."

On how the course played ... "The course was a nice challenge for us. It was a fun layout. It was firm and fast. Fairways and greens were running out. It was different than what we are used to, but the team adjusted well. It'll serve us well going into the rest of the season, not so much for these specific conditions, but they were able to adjust and handle it. They had to pick different shots with different clubs. Again, they did a great job proving they'll be able to adjust and adapt down the road."

On how the team will prepare with two weeks off ... "We've played for two weeks straight with this tournament and the Hurricane Invitational. We've got two weeks off, so we're going to clean things up and get to work. We need to limit our mistakes and bigger numbers and get better every day. I feel good about the rounds we shot this week, and I feel good heading into the rest of the spring schedule."

Contact: Chad Shepard