Maize & Blue Secures 10th at Notre Dame Clover Cup
Linda Luo

March 18, 2012

Site: Mesa, Ariz.
Course: Longbow Golf Club (par 72, 6,209 yards)
Tournament: Notre Dame Clover Cup
U-M Team Standing: 10th Place of 12 Teams (306-316-310/932)
Top U-M Individual: Alyssa Shimel (75-78-77), Linda Luo (74-80-76), tie-28th, 230
Next Event: Mon-Tue., April 9-10 -- at Knights & Pirates Invitational (Melbourne, Fla.)

MESA, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan women's golf team used a final-round 310 today (Sunday, March 18) to close with a 932 event total and place 10th at the Notre Dame Clover Cup held at the Longbow Golf Club. The Wolverines tallied rounds of 306, 316 and 310 during the three-day event.

Returning from a one-event absence, freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) opened U-M's scoring in the first round Friday (March 16) with a two-over 74, while sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) had a three-over 75, giving the Wolverines a 306 team total and the 11th position on the leaderboard.

Severe winds hampered Saturday's (March 17) rounds as scores were up across the leaderboard. Shimel highlighted the Wolverines with a round-best 78, while senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) and sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) each had 79s as U-M recorded a 316 to move up one position and sit 10th after 36 holes.

A brief hail storm halted play for an hour in the event's final round as the tournament field battled weather elements for the second straight day. In the end, Shimel and Lee carded 77s in the final round, giving U-M a 310 to post a 932 tournament total and record its sixth top-10 finish of the season with a 10th-place showing.

Shimel and Luo led U-M's individuals as they each tied for 28th at 230. Shimel had round scores of 75, 78 and 77, while Luo posted tallies of 74, 80 and 76. Lee's tie for 36th, with a 234 (78-79-77), extended her streak of top-40 finishes to nine straight events.

Junior Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep [Fla.]) tied for 52nd at 239 (79-80-80), while Bauer was 58th at 244 (81-79-84) to round out the Wolverine starting five. In her first event of the season, sophomore Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) tied for 52nd as an individual at 239 (77-81-81).

The Wolverines will close the regular heading to Melbourne, Fla., Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10, for the Knights and Pirates Invitational at Suntree Country Club. The 54-hole event marks the fourth tournament held in Florida this spring.

Final Team Standings

 1. Colorado                277-281-297 = 855 (-9)
 2. Oklahoma                289-292-305 = 886
 3. Tulsa                   294-292-306 = 892
 4. Texas Tech              296-303-305 = 904
 5. Notre Dame              288-296-324 = 908
 5. Minnesota               293-307-308 = 908
 7. Florida International   292-307-310 = 909
 8. Iowa State              295-304-316 = 915
    Furman                  292-320-303 = 915
10. MICHIGAN                306-316-310 = 932
11. SMU                     302-331-319 = 952
12. Cincinnati              323-318-319 = 960

Top Individuals

 1. Jessica Wallace, Colorado         70-69-72 = 211 (-5)
 2. Alex Stewart, Colorado            68-71-74 = 213
 3. Emily Talley, Colorado            66-72-77 = 215
 4. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma    71-71-75 = 217
    Kristina Merkle, Tulsa            68-70-79 = 217
 6. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado        73-69-78 = 220
    Gabriella Dominguez, Texas Tech   74-69-77 = 220
 8. Becca Huffer, Notre Dame          72-75-74 = 221
    Taylor Schmidt, Oklahoma          72-77-72 = 221
10. Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech      70-80-72 = 222

Michigan Individuals

T28. Alyssa Shimel      75-78-77 = 230
T28. Linda Luo          74-80-76 = 230
T36. Yugene Lee         78-79-77 = 234
T52. Caramia Sitompul   79-80-80 = 239
 58. Meagan Bauer       81-79-84 = 244
T52. Chelsea Pezzola    77-81-81 = 239*
* played as individual


Yugene Lee's tie for 36th continued her streak of finishing among the top 40 in all nine events this season. Lee has highlighted the season with four top-25 individual finishes, including three among the top 15.

Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel have started all nine events this season. In fact, Bauer has started her last 31, while Shimel has not missed a start in her two seasons, a string of 21 straight.

Chelsea Pezzola played in her first event of the season as an individual.

Alyssa Shimel has now led U-M in a team-best four events this season.


Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Stacy
On the tournament weekend ... "We actually had some good weather the first two days; however, we really did not come out the way we expected. With the weather scheduled to be a little iffy in the final round, we wanted to take advantage of that and put up a good number. It did not go exactly to plan; however, we still had some bright spots. It was nice having Alyssa (Shimel) continue to play well for us. Once she starts finishing a little bit stronger, her scores are going to be very, very good. Linda (Luo) had a good outing as well. These experiences are only going to help her down the stretch."

On the team getting ready for the season's stretch run ... "It's going to be nice to have a couple of weeks off and practice at home. We are still not hitting a lot of greens and it will be good to hone in on that area. We need to fine tune our games and keep building up our confidence. That includes working on the mental aspects of our games. We will keep practicing the things we are good at to keep our confidence up as well as concentrate of correcting the things we need to improve upon. We can still peak at the right time."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423