April 10, 2012
Site: Melbourne, Fla.
Course: Suntree Country Club (par 72, 6,133 yards)
Tournament: Knights & Pirates Invitational
U-M Team Standing: Tie-5th Place of 15 Teams (298-299-298/895)
Top U-M Individual: Meagan Bauer, 6th (74-72-73/219)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., April 27-29 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- With senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) and sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) garnering top-10 individual finishes, the University of Michigan women's golf team closed its regular season with a tie for fifth today (Tuesday, April 10) at the Knights & Pirates Invitational at the Suntree Country Club. U-M carded three sub-300 team rounds (298-299-298/895) for just the second time this season, earning the squad's fifth top-five team finish of the campaign.
With three 74s -- from Bauer, Lee and sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) -- U-M opened its tournament with a 298 in Monday's (April 9) first round. An even-par 72 from Bauer and 75s from Lee and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) highlighted the day's second 18, as U-M posted a 299 to sit fifth with a 597 first-day total.
U-M's trio of Lee (72), Bauer (73) and Luo (74) led the way for the Maize and Blue in the final round as the Wolverines closed with their second 298 of the event and finished tied with Chattanooga.
Individually, the Wolverines had three starters finish among the top 25 for the fourth time this season. Bauer led the way in sixth at 219 (74-72-73), while Lee gave U-M two among the top 10 as she tied for ninth at 221 (74-75-72). Luo's 225 (76-75-74) and tie for 21st gave U-M three among the top 25 in the 87-player field.
Shimel closed her regular season in a tie for 51st at 233 (74-80-79), while freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) tied for 65th at 237 (80-77-80). Sophomore Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) played as an individual for the second straight event and tied for 59th at 235 (75-80-80).
With the regular season now complete, the Wolverines will turn their attention to the Big Ten Championships at the end of the month. For the first time, the Big Ten's women's and men's programs will compete during the same weekend -- Friday through Sunday, April 27-29 -- as well as play at the same resort -- the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. The women's championships will be played on the Donald Ross course and the women's event will be held on the Pete Dye course.
Final Team Standings
1. Central Florida 293-292-292 = 877
2. Texas Tech 287-294-297 = 878
3. Wisconsin 289-302-290 = 881
4. Purdue 305-295-288 = 888
5. MICHIGAN 298-299-298 = 895
Chattanooga 298-298-299 = 895
7. Illinois 298-309-297 = 904
8. South Florida 307-302-298 = 907
9. Florida International 303-302-303 = 908
10. East Carolina 296-312-302 = 910
11. James Madison 300-316-300 = 916
12. Georgia State 300-311-308 = 919
13. Furman 301-318-306 = 925
14. Boston College 309-308-309 = 926
15. Kansas 317-316-323 = 956
1. Deborah DeVilla, Texas Tech 69-70-74 = 213 (-3)
2. Paula Reto, Purdue 72-73-70 = 215
3. Kimberly Dinh, Wisconsin 71-74-73 = 218
Katie Mitchell, UCF 70-73-75 = 218
Carolin Pinegger, UCF 73-69-76 = 218
6. MEAGAN BAUER, U-M 74-72-73 = 219
7. Gabriella Dominguez, Texas Tech 73-75-72 = 220
Katie Mundy, Florida International 72-76-72 = 220
9. YUGENE LEE, U-M 74-75-72 = 221
Marion Duvernay, Chattanooga 76-70-75 = 221
Other Michigan Individuals
T21. Linda Luo 76-75-74 = 225
T51. Alyssa Shimel 74-80-79 = 233
T65. Lauren Grogan 80-77-80 = 237
T59. Chelsea Pezzola 75-80-80 = 235*
* played as individual
N O T E S
For the second time this season, Michigan tallied three straight sub-300 team totals in an event. The other time was the fall-closing Challenge at Onion Creek (295-290-293/878).
Michigan's 895 54-hole total is the third lowest of the season and lowest event total of the spring season.
Michigan's tie for fifth gives the Wolverines five top-five finishes in the 10 regular-season events. It is also a spring season best finish.
For the fourth time this season, Michigan had at least three of the five starters finish among the top 25 individually.
Megan Bauer led U-M for the third time this season and broke the 220 mark in a 54-hole event for the second time this season with her 219. Her other sub-220 was her career-best 213 at the Lady Northern Invitational.
Yugene Lee's tie for ninth continued her streak of finishing among the top 40 in all 10 events this season. She also tallied her third top-10 finish of the season.
Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel have started all 10 events this season. In fact, Bauer has started her last 32, while Shimel has not missed a start in her two seasons, a string of 22 straight.
Chelsea Pezzola played in her second event of the season. In both events, she competed as an individual.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Stacy
On the Knights & Pirates Invitational ... "I was really happy with our play. Our goal going into the tournament was to try and get a top-three finish and we fell short a little bit; however, I was really pleased with the play of Meagan (Bauer), Yugene (Lee) and Linda (Luo). They really played some consistent golf and put up some good scores. The way we were able to play here really helps our confidence. That is a really good sign as we move toward postseason. I cannot say enough about the girls' attitudes right now. They are really working hard and it shows. Now, we are looking forward to a few more weeks of practice before Big Tens. It gives us a chance to really tune in and work hard, so we will be ready to go."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423