April 28, 2012
Site: French Lick, Ind.
Course: Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort (par 72, 6,156 yards)
Tournament: Big Ten Championships (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 3rd Place of 12 Teams (305-294/599) after Day 2
Top U-M Individual: Meagan Bauer, tie-4th (74-72/146)
Final Round: Sunday, April 29 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.), 9 a.m.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- With even-par 72s from senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) and sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) and a one-over 73 from freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), the University of Michigan women's golf team posted a 294 second-round total today (Saturday, April 28) to move into third place with a 599 two-day total at the Big Ten Championships at the French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Course.
With three players among the top 20, the Wolverines remain in contention for the Big Ten title and will conclude their conference tournament at 9 a.m. on Sunday (April 29) off the No. 1 tee playing with Michigan State (298-292/590), the second-day leader, and Ohio State, which is second at 595 (298-297).
During the second round, Bauer found herself four under after nine holes thanks to birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 9. Opening with four straight pars on the backside, she found her first trouble of the round bogeying the par-5 14th hole and double bogeying the par-5 15th after hitting into one of the fairway bunkers. A closing bogey on No. 18 drew her to an even 72. Combined with yesterday's (Friday, April 27) first-round 74, Bauer is tied for fourth at 146 and just three shots back of leader Lindsey Solberg (73-70/143) of Michigan State.
Lee followed Bauer with her own even-par 72 to move up five spots into a tie for sixth with a 147 total. After a birdie on No. 2 put her one under early, Lee recorded 14 straight pars before a birdie on No. 17 put her two under with one hole remaining. After hooking her drive into the fairway bunker on 18, Lee made it to the green; however, she three putted to close with a double bogey, drawing her to an even-par 72 finish for the day.
Grogan struck early in her second round, birdieing her second hole of the day. After a bogey on No. 3, Grogan found herself three feet off the green on the par-5 fifth hole. Her chip hit the green and rolled in, giving her an eagle and putting her two under. She gave a stroke back with a bogey on No. 6; however, she made the turn two under after a birdie on No. 8. Six pars and three bogeys on the back nine gave her a closing one-over 73 -- her lowest score in 13 rounds. After opening with a 78 yesterday, Grogan is tied for 18th with a 151 total.
Freshmen Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) posted a 77 in the second round to put herself in a tie for 31st at 155 (78-77), while sophomore Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) is tied for 47th at 160 (79-81) and fellow sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) is tied for 69th at 168 (86-82).
Team Standings (after Day 2 of 3)
1. Michigan State 298-292 = 590 2. Ohio State 298-297 = 595 3. MICHIGAN 305-294 = 599 4. Illinois 304-300 = 604 Purdue 310-294 = 604 6. Northwestern 307-304 = 611 Nebraska 309-302 = 611 8. Minnesota 318-301 = 619 9. Iowa 319-301 = 620 10. Wisconsin 318-303 = 621 Penn State 309-312 = 621 12. Indiana 334-311 = 645
1. Lindsey Solberg, Michigan State 73-70 = 143 (-1) 2. Caroline Powers, Michigan State 72-73 = 145 Rachel Rohanna, Ohio State 74-71 = 145 4. MEAGAN BAUER, U-M 74-72 = 146 Jackie Shepherd, Minnesota 73-73 = 146 6. YUGENE LEE, U-M 75-72 = 147 Laura Gonzalez, Purdue 78-69 = 147 Nora Lucas, Illinois 72-75 = 147 Madeleine Sheils, Nebraska 76-71 = 147 10. Chelsea Harris, Iowa 78-70 = 148 Hailey Koschmann, Illinois 78-70 = 148
Other Michigan Individuals
T18. Lauren Grogan 78-73 = 151 T31. Linda Luo 78-77 = 155 T47. Chelsea Pezzola 79-81 = 160 T69. Alyssa Shimel 86-82 = 168
N O T E S
Michigan began the second round of the Big Ten Championships teeing off the front nine while paired with Northwestern and Nebraska.
Lauren Grogan recorded Michigan's first eagle of the Big Ten Championships on the par-5 fifth hole after chipping in from three feet off the green.
Lauren Grogan's one-over 73 is her lowest single-round tally since she posed a 73 in the final round of the fall season's finale -- the Challenge at Onion Creek, held Nov. 7-8.
Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel have started all 11 events this season. In fact, Bauer has started her last 33, while Shimel has not missed a start in her two seasons, a string of 23 straight.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Stacy
On the second day of the Big Ten Championships ... "There was a lot of positives to take from today. We didn't finish the way we wanted and the girls were really disappointed, but today was really a lot of fun. We were really tearing it up for quite awhile. After the round, talking with the girls, we told them to just get used to that feeling (of playing so well). This is what you are out here for. I know they looked at the leaderboard a couple of times, so they know where we stand. I will say, I think finishing on a sour note today is really going to be good for them tomorrow. It could be a redemption thing -- especially on a couple of those holes that got them today. So, we are going to have a light practice today, maybe check out the Dye Course and then really just relax until tomorrow. You always want to be in the final group and we are looking forward to being there."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423