Lee Paces Wolverines on Day One of NCAA Central Regional
Yugene Lee

May 10, 2012

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Site: Columbus, Ohio
Course: Ohio State's Scarlet Course (par 72, 6,246 yards)
Tournament: NCAA Central Regional (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: T-15th Place of 24 Teams (315) After Day 1
Top U-M Individual: Yugene Lee, tie-12th (74)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., May 11-12 -- at NCAA Central Regional (Columbus, Ohio), 8:55 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sophomore Yugene Lee's (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) opening two-over 74 at the NCAA Central Regional positioned her among the top 15 players as she led the University of Michigan women's golf team to a first-round 315 today (Thursday, May 10) as the Wolverines are tied for 15th after the first of three days of regional play at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

After beginning the NCAA Central Regional in the afternoon wave off the first tee, the Wolverines will start the second round in tomorrow's (Friday, May 11) morning wave at 8:55 a.m. off the back nine. As they were for the first round, the Wolverines will be paired with East Carolina and UNC Wilmington.

Opening her second career NCAA Regional with a bogey, Lee added a second on the par-3 fifth hole to put her at two over. She gained a stroke back birdieing the par-4 seventh hole, making the turn one over. An opening bogey on the back nine was erased with her second birdie of the day on the par-3 13th, but her bogey on the par-3 17th put her back to two over, where she stayed with a 74 to hold a tie for 12th with six other players.

Returning to her hometown for her first NCAA Regional, freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) fired her fourth straight round of 78 or better, opening with a four-over 76 to put her in a tie for 29th.

Falling back early, Grogan bogeyed five of the first six holes with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole, helping her to an early four-over tally. A sixth front-side bogey on No. 8 was erased with a birdie on the closing ninth hole as she made the turn at four over. After bogeying the 10th put her at a round-high five over, she found her rhythm as she went one under the remaining eight holes, posting seven straight pars and a closing birdie on the 18th to give her a four-over 76.

Freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) opened her first NCAA postseason with an 81, putting her tied for 78th, while sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) is tied for 107th after an 84 and senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) is tied for 118th following an 87.

Team Standings (After Day 1 of 3)

 1. USC                 298
 2. Georgia             299
 3. Purdue              301
 4. Notre Dame          304
 5. Tennessee           306
    Auburn              306
 7. N.C. State          307
 8. Oregon              308
    Virginia            308
    Vanderbilt          308
11. South Florida       309
12. Ohio State          310
    Arkansas            310
14. Florida State       314
15. MICHIGAN            315
    Mississippi         315
    Harvard             315
18. Texas-San Antonio   317
19. Texas State         320
20. Butler              321
21. Kentucky            322
22. UNC Wilmington      323
23. Siena College       328
24. East Carolina       329

Top Individuals

 1. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt         70 (-2)
 2. Paula Reto, Purdue              71
    Maria Salinas, Florida State    71
 4. Ashley Armstrong, Notre Dame    72
    Doris Chen, USC                 72
    Alex Buelow, Stetson            72*
    Madeleine Sheils, Nebraska      72*
 8. Becca Huffer, Notre Dame        73
    Tiffany Lim, Harvard            73
    Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia   73
    Lisa McCloskey, USC             73

Michigan Individuals

 T12. Yugene Lee      74
 T29. Lauren Grogan   76
 T78. Linda Luo       81
T107. Alyssa Shimel   84
T118. Meagan Bauer    87


• Michigan is making its seventh NCAA Regional appearance. In total, U-M has been to the NCAA postseason 10 of the last 12 years (seven team, three individual).

Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel have started all 12 events this season. In fact, Bauer has started her last 34, while Shimel has not missed a start in her two seasons, a string of 24 straight. Lee has started the last 22 straight events of her 23 career events.

Lauren Grogan and Linda Luo are competing in their first NCAA Regional.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423