April 1, 2014
Site: Beallsville, Md.
Course: The Members Club at Four Streams Golf Course (par 72, 6,127 yards)
Tournament: Hoya Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: 2nd Place of 16 Teams (313-298/611)
Top U-M Individual: Lauren Grogan, tie-2nd (75-75/150)
Next U-M Event: Mon-Tue., April 7-8 -- at Marshall Landing Invitational (Jacksonville, Fla.)
BEALLSVILLE, Md. -- The University of Michigan women's golf team shaved 15 strokes off its day-one team total today (Tuesday, April 1) to finish with a 611 team score and take home second place at the Hoya Invitational played at the Four Streams Golf Course. The U-M lineup featured all five competing players in the top 30 of the tournament field, including a pair of top-five finishes.
After opening with a 313 team total Monday to sit just four strokes off the lead, Michigan posted a 298 team score on the final day, matching winner Pennsylvania for lowest round of the tournament.
Junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) led the way by earning the highest finish of her career, tying for second place behind her two-round score of 150 (75-75). She was just one stroke off the lead after day one and finished six strokes over par among a field that featured two total rounds under par all tournament.
Right behind Grogan was freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS), whose one-over 73 on day two helped her storm into outright fourth place with a 151 total. Choi has now earned back-to-back top-five finishes, while the pair of Choi and Grogan has combined for eight of the 11 total top-25 finishes by the Wolverines this season.
Senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) tied for 10th place on the strength of a career-low 74 in the final round. Lee's finish marks her first top-25 finish of the season and the ninth of her career.
Senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood) and sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) rounded out the scoring with 158 totals, tying for 22nd place.
Michigan will travel south to Jacksonville, Fla, to play in the Marshall Landing Invitational next Monday and Tuesday (April 7-8) in its final regular-season event.
1. Pennsylvania 309-298 = 607 (+31)
2. MICHIGAN 313-298 = 611
3. Yale 314-306 = 620
4. St. John's 322-302 = 624
5. Nova Southeastern 326-301 = 627
6. Seton Hall 325-309 = 634
7. Marshall 327-318 = 645
8. Georgetown 336-316 = 652
9. Youngstown State 342-316 = 658
10. Illinois State 333-326 = 659
11. Fairleigh Dickinson 340-337 = 677
12. Wagner College 346-336 = 682
13. Hofstra 349-338 = 687
14. Lehigh 351-345 = 696
Sacred Heart 357-339 = 696
16. Navy 371-368 = 739
1. Amanda Chin, Pennsylvania 74-71 = 145 (+1)
2. Lauren Grogan, U-M 75-75 = 150
Seo Hee Moon, Yale 78-72 = 150
4. Grace Choi, U-M 78-73 = 151
5. Daniela Ortiz, Nova Southeastern 78-74 = 152
Sandy Wongwaiwate, Yale 75-77 = 152
7. Alison Kruse, Seton Hall 79-74 = 153
8. Sophia Chen, Pennsylvania 75-79 = 154
Marissa Kay, Pennsylvania 78-76 = 154
10. Yugene Lee, U-M 81-74 = 155
Harin Lee, St. John's 81-74 = 155
Other U-M Individuals
T22. Alyssa Shimel 82-76 = 158
T22. Catherine Peters 79-79 = 158
N O T E S
Michigan's participation in the Hoya Invitational marks its first time playing in the event in program history. U-M playing in the tournament was a change to its original schedule -- the Wolverines were initially slated to compete at an event at San Diego State University.
The Maize and Blue finished with all five competing players placing in the top 30 of the tournament field, including three Wolverines among the top 10 and a pair in the top five. Before today, U-M players had totaled just one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes all season.
Yugene Lee set a career-best 18-hole score with her final-round 74. With a tie for 10th place, Lee earned her first top-20 finish of the season and the ninth of her career.
Lauren Grogan earned the highest finish of her career, which matches Grace Choi's tie for second at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16) as the highest finish by any U-M player this season. Grogan's runner-up finish marks the second top-five finish of her career and her first this season.
Grace Choi earned her third consecutive top-25 finish. Choi's two career top-five finishes have come in back-to-back events after she tied for second place at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16).
Lauren Grogan and Grace Choi have combined for eight of the 11 top-25 finishes by a U-M player this season. Grogan tied for 20th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28), tied for 24th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18) and tied for 23rd at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16). Choi tied for 20th, tied for 24th and tied for second at the same three events prior to finishing fourth at the Hoya Invitational.
After starting 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. She has started 20 consecutive events for U-M heading into next week's Marshall Landing Invitational (April 7-8).
Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee are U-M's most experienced players with 37 career events each. Shimel has started all 37 of her career events, while Lee has totaled 34 starts thus far.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On the course conditions and how it affected play ... "As you can see from the results, as we got more familiar with the golf course, our scores went down. Unfortunately we weren't able to play a practice round but we did the best we could with just walking the course. The conditions got better each day, which helped us. Overall, a good golf course; very fair, but there are some holes where you really have to hit some good golf shots. On the flip side, the conditions were quite wet, so the course was easier than it would be if it were firm and fast."
On how Monday's weather delay affects players mentally ... "Yesterday was a challenge, just being able to hit shots with confidence, but we talked about that. A fairway is still a fairway and a green is still a green and overall the team adjusted well. The hard part of the first round was the conditions. It was very windy the first day, so you're playing an unfamiliar course and then the wind (is a factor) as well, so the scores for all the teams were pretty high. The team adjusted pretty well and our goal that day was to hit every shot with 100 percent confidence and they did do that, so I'm pleased with that."
On whether or not the team's progress from fall to now is where she'd like it to be ... "Yeah, absolutely. Our last couple of tournaments we've been getting into contention as a team and individually we're also getting into contention. That's one of the most valuable things you gain from tournament experience, being able to hit shots under pressure. Our score fell 15 shots today, so as a team we improved under the pressure. Lauren (Grogan) was one back going into the final round and Grace (Choi) also put a great round together and overall, our whole team was in it on that second day."
On assessing the state of the team with one regular season event remaining ... "We're excited. I think we're going to get back to Ann Arbor and be able to practice outside. Our goal is always to be peaking heading into our postseason and I think they can take a lot of confidence away from our last two events, being in contention, and being able to experience some pressure in a tournament and hopefully we can bring that to Big Tens."
Contact: Chad Shepard