April 24, 2011
Site: Glencoe, Ill.
Course: Lake Shore Country Club (par 72, 6,303 yards)
Tournament: Big Ten Championships
U-M Standing: 8th Place of 11 Teams (311-308-302/921)
Top U-M Individual: Meagan Bauer, tie-9th (76-79-71/226)
Next U-M Event: Monday, April 25 -- NCAA Selections Announced, 7 p.m.
GLENCOE, Ill. -- A career-best total from junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) and a U-M freshman record total from Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood) helped the University of Michigan women's golf team finish eighth with a 1,223-stroke total today (Sunday, April 24) at the 2011 Big Ten Championships at Lake Shore Country Club.
After posting team totals of 311 and 308 in the Friday's rainy and thunderstorm-delayed first 36 holes, the Wolverines found themselves in the eighth spot with a 619 total. As the weather improved so did U-M's scoring, as a 302 Saturday kept the Wolverines in the eighth spot at 921. Using a two-over 74 from Shimel and three 76s, the Maize and Blue closed with a second straight 302 Sunday.
Individually, Bauer and Shimel paced the way as they tied for 14th at 302. The finishes helped the Wolverines have at least one player among the top 15 for the 11th straight conference tournament. After opening rounds of 76 and 79, Bauer shot a one-under 71, the third lowest round at the conference tournament by a Wolverine, in the third round and closed with a 76 to give her new career-best 72-hole total by 16 strokes. She topped her prior best of 318 set at last year's Big Ten Championships.
Shimel opened with 75 and 77 before closing with a 76 and team-best 74 in the final round to set the U-M freshman Big Ten Championships record at 302. She topped the previous record of 305 set by senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]) at the 2008 tournament.
Competing in her first conference championship, freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County) opened with an 82 in the rainy first round but closed with a 78 and back-to-back 76s to give her a 312 total at a tie for 41st.
Tan shot 316 (78-78-79-81) to tie for 48th in her final Big Ten event, while sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]) set a new career-best 72-hole score at 319 (86-77-80-76). Senior Louisa Shu (West Bloomfield, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm) rounded out the Wolverines finishers as she tied for 60th at 322 (83-76-82-81).
With the Big Ten Championships completed, the Wolverines will now wait to see if they are selected for one of three NCAA regional sites when selections are announced Monday (April 25) at 7 p.m.
The three regional sites will have 24 teams and six individuals playing Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, and include the Central, hosted by Notre Dame at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.; the East, hosted by Stetson at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.; and the West, hosted by Washington at Washington National Golf Club in Seattle, Wash.
From each regional, the top eight teams and top two individuals advance to the NCAA Championships, Wednesday through Saturday, May 18-21, at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M.
Final Team Standings
1. Michigan State 306-290-295-289 = 1180 (+28)
2. Purdue 303-296-294-292 = 1185
3. Northwestern 308-293-300-286 = 1187
4. Wisconsin 303-296-305-291 = 1195
5. Ohio State 304-296-300-300 = 1200
6. Minnesota 307-299-312-298 = 1216
7. Indiana 305-302-310-304 = 1221
8. MICHIGAN 311-308-302-302 = 1223
9. Illinois 314-313-303-307 = 1237
10. Penn State 321-314-307-305 = 1247
11. Iowa 318-316-315-312 = 1261
1. Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue 74-71-71-71 = 287 (-1)
2. Lauren Weaver, Northwestern 71-77-69-73 = 290
3. Alex Lederhausen, Northwestern 77-68-77-70 = 292
4. Caroline Powers, Michigan State 72-70-74-77 = 293
5. Lindsey Solberg, Michigan State 78-75-71-70 = 294
6. Laura Gonzalez, Purdue 74-75-75-71 = 295
7. Kris Yoo, Wisconsin 74-77-76-69 = 296
8. Devon Brown, Northwestern 80-70-76-71 = 297
9. Paula Reto, Purdue 80-73-72-73 = 298
10. Lindsay Danielson, Wisconsin 78-75-75-71 = 299
T14. Meagan Bauer 76-79-71-76 = 302
T14. Alyssa Shimel 75-77-76-74 = 302
T41. Yugene Lee 82-78-76-76 = 312
T48. Min Yean Tan 78-78-79-81 = 316
T54. Caramia Sitompul 86-77-80-76 = 319
T60. Louisa Shu 83-76-82-81 = 322
N O T E S
Michigan's 72-hole total of 1,223 is the fourth lowest in U-M history at the Big Ten Championships.
Michigan has had at least one Wolverine finish among the top 15 individually in the last 11 Big Ten Championships.
Meagan Bauer's tie for 14th is her career-best finish at the Big Ten Championships. In her previous two conference tournaments she did not crack the top 50, tying for 50th in 2010 and placing 55th in 2009.
Alyssa Shimel set the 72-hole U-M freshman record at the Big Ten Championships with her 302 tally. It bettered the mark of 305 set by teammate Min Yean Tan at the 2008 conference tournament.
Meagan Bauer and Caramia Sitompul both set 72-hole tournament career-bests. Bauer's 302 total bettered her previous best by 16 shots (318, 2010 Big Ten Championships), while Sitompul's 319 topped her prior best by 17 shots (336, 2010 Big Ten Championships).
Meagan Bauer's third-round, one-under 71 equaled the third lowest individual round in U-M history at the Big Ten Championships. It was just the eighth sub-par round by a Wolverine at the conference tournament.
Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee played in their first Big Ten Championships.
Min Yean Tan extended her consecutive tournament streak at U-M, starting her 46th career tournament. She has yet to miss a tournament in her four-year career.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Stacy
On the Big Ten Championships ... "Going into today we were hoping to sneak into that sixth or seventh spot, so I think the girls were trying to shoot a really good number today. We were able to improve, but so did the field, and ended up eighth. Overall, I was pretty happy with the way our younger players performed, knowing our low three will all be coming back next year. We are hopeful (for the future). The experience gained was invaluable. After the tournament was over, the freshmen really wanted to go out and watch the award ceremony. They wanted to see what it is like to win. That is an encouraging sign."
On the play of Meagan Bauer ... "Meagan was pretty disappointed when she finished today because she was right up there (vying for a top-10 finish). She has high expectations and is such a competitor, which is awesome. She just keeps getting better and better. She has led us all season long, so it wasn't surprising to see her performance here. She is such a good putter; once she starts hitting it close she is going to shoot a really low number. I am looking forward to that."
On the play of Alyssa Shimel ... "Alyssa has really made a lot of improvements throughout this season, but it really showed this week. She can get down on herself, but she has worked on that all year and she's really done a great job of staying in the moment. She is very steady and consistent for us and it showed. I just see her continually getting better. With the way she works and competes, I can definitely see her playing professionally when she is done here. It's going to be fun to watch her over the next three years."
On her two departing seniors, Min Yean Tan and Louisa Shu ... "Min Yean was an easy selection as our Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. Even when she is not playing well, she is still out there cheering on her teammates and is very respectful with everyone she plays with. She has played in every tournament in her career, and I felt bad she wasn't able to really play at her best here, but she put it all out there just like she has in every event in her career. It was great to see Louisa get into the lineup. Her parents were out there watching the entire time and that was a great way for her to close her four years here."
On the Wolverines' next step ... "We will regroup when we get back to Ann Arbor. We will see if we make a regional, but if not I already have ideas in my mind of the things we should start working on this summer. I have a list of things. Next year will be interesting because we will be young again with three freshmen coming in. So we will just keep working hard. We know there is room for improvement because the Big Ten continues to get better and better."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423