Wolverines Move Up to Tie for 15th at Web.com Intercollegiate
Catherine Peters

April 8, 2014

Site: Jacksonville, Fla.
Course: Marsh Landing Country Club (Par 72, 5,976 yards)
Tournament: Web.com Intercollegiate (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: Tie-15th Place of 19 Teams (301-304-304/909)
Top U-M Individual: Grace Choi, tie-50th (75-75-77/227)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., April 25-27 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan women's golf team finished with a 909 team score today (Tuesday, April 8) to tie for 15th place at the Web.com Intercollegiate played at Marsh Landing Country Club. U-M found itself in 17th place after 36 holes yesterday but rallied during a weather-delayed final round of play.

Freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) was the top-finishing Wolverine for the team-leading fourth time this season, tying for 50th place with a 227 total (75-75-77).

Not far behind Choi were junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS), who finished one and two strokes behind their teammate at 228 (75-77-76) and 229 (80-75-74), respectively. Those scores earned Grogan a tie for 52nd place, while Peters tied for 55th.

Closing out the scoring for the Maize and Blue were seniors Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), who tied for 76th with a 233 total and Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood), who tied for 78th with a 235 total.

Michigan will use the next two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Conference Championships, to be held Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, in French Lick, Ind.

Final Standings

 1. Florida State           288-280-283 = 851 (-13)
 2. East Carolina           289-286-300 = 875
 3. Ohio State              291-291-295 = 877
 4. UCF                     289-291-302 = 882
 5. Maryland                295-290-298 = 883
 6. Minnesota               287-293-304 = 884
    Missouri                295-299-290 = 884
    Louisville              300-289-295 = 884
 9. Chattanooga             282-295-308 = 885
10. North Florida           301-286-307 = 894
11. Toledo                  302-288-306 = 896
12. McNeese State           306-287-310 = 903
13. Jacksonville            305-295-305 = 905
    Florida International   309-292-304 = 905
15. MICHIGAN                301-304-304 = 909
    Illinois                298-299-312 = 909
17. Sam Houston State       306-297-309 = 912
18. Cincinnati              301-313-310 = 924
19. James Madison           312-302-321 = 935

Top Individuals

 1. Matilda Castren, Florida State        69-66-69 = 204 (-12)
 2. Alex Milan, Florida State             71-69-68 = 208
    Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland           69-68-71 = 208
 4. Jordan Britt, Chattanooga             67-70-75 = 212
 5. Shabril Brewer, James Madison         69-70-74 = 213
 6. Anna Böhmer, Florida State            69-75-71 = 215
    Emily Haas, Louisville                72-74-69 = 215
 8. Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina   72-72-72 = 216
    F. Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina    74-69-73 = 216
    Emily McLennan, Chattanooga           68-71-77 = 216
    Katja Pogacar, Ohio State             71-71-74 = 216
    Jessica Porvasnik, Ohio State         70-71-75 = 216

U-M Individuals

T50. Grace Choi         75-75-77 = 227
T52. Lauren Grogan      75-77-76 = 228
T55. Catherine Peters   80-75-74 = 229
T76. Yugene Lee         76-80-77 = 233
T78. Alyssa Shimel      75-77-83 = 235


• Michigan closed its regular season with the Web.com Intercollegiate in Jacksonville, Fla., for the second straight year.

• With her tie for 50th at the Web.com Intercollegiate (April 7-8), Grace Choi was the top-finishing Wolverine at an event for the fourth time this season, a mark that leads U-M. She also leads the Wolverines in top-five, top-10 and top-20 finishes.

• The Web.com Intercollegiate (April 7-8) featured Grace Choi (tie-50th) and Lauren Grogan (tie-52nd) as the top pair of finishing players for U-M. The tournament marks the fifth time in nine events this season in which the pair of Grogan and Choi has made up the Maize and Blue's top two scorers.

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.

Lauren Grogan continues to keep pace with her play from a season ago. After closing her sophomore season with a 76.87 scoring average, she has maintained that this season, averaging 76.50 per round.

• After starting 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. She has started 21 consecutive events for U-M through the close of the 2013-14 regular season.


Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On the team's tournament performance and what made scoring so difficult for the entire field ... "I would say in general no one brought their 'A' game. We went out there and did our best, but it wasn't our best. In some ways it was disappointing, but at the same time we learn a lot when we don't do as well. It's harder to learn when we don't play great. This is a good learning experience for us. We have two weeks before the Big Ten Championship, but as far as the course goes, it was more of a 'point A to point B' type golf course. You really have to get yourself into play off the tee, and if you did that the course wasn't long and there were birdie opportunities, but if you look at the scorecard, we made some bigger numbers that set us back. We dug ourselves into a big hole going into the final round."

On the benefit of rest before the Big Ten Championship for a group that has played five tournaments in the past six weeks ... "When you compete a lot in consecutive weeks, your tendencies revert back to your old habits and that was evident the last two days while we were competing. When we go back home, we're making some minor adjustments, nothing too big. We're going to make sure we feel great about our game heading into the Big Ten Championship, and another great thing is that we're going to be outside and practice and play outside. I know we're going to be well-rested and well-prepared going into the Big Ten Championship."

On how she has seen the team come together over the course of the regular season ... "We've really made some great headway. Even though we haven't played our best in the past week, our 'not-so-good' is turning into better golf. We've got to keep chipping away at that, like being able to score when you're not hitting it as well as you'd like to. I think overall this team as a unit has traveled together for awhile now, and that's when you really get to know each other, when you travel together. We've really come together. I think they really trust the process we're going through and that's a huge thing. I know we're excited to get back and get well-rested, get some work in and make some minor adjustments as we head into Big Tens."

Contact: Chad Shepard