Sept. 23, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Course: U-M Golf Course (par 71, 6,167 yards)
Tournament: Wolverine Invitational
U-M Standing: Tie-1st Place of 14 Teams (308-308-314/930)
Top U-M Individual: Alicia Weber, tie-1st (75-76-76/227)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., Oct. 12-13 -- at Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With six players finishing among the top 20 highlighted by junior Alicia Weber's (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) co-medalist honor, the University of Michigan women's golf team tallied a 930 event total to tie with Florida International for the team title today (Sunday, Sept. 23) at the Wolverine Invitational held at the U-M Golf Course.
After U-M opened with back-to-back 308s in Saturday's first 36 holes (Sept. 22), the Wolverines held a two-shot lead over FlU (312-306) heading into the final round. Playing together in today's final round, U-M built up to an eight-shot lead through the front side, before FIU made a charge on the back-nine to close the gap to just one with three holes remaining.
A birdie on No. 18 from junior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) and a par from junior captain Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) on her final hole (No. 1) helped the Wolverines post a 314, while FIU tallied a 312, to tie the two teams at 930 as they shared team honors.
Playing as an individual, Weber (75-76-76) claimed her first career medalist honor and U-M's 27th in program history as she tied with Eastern Michigan's Alyssa Kwon (75-75-77) and Florida International's Meghan MacLaren (74-74-79) -- the first-day leader -- with 227 totals.
Sophomore Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) posted her first career top-five finish, closing fifth at 230 (76-73-81), while sophomore Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) claimed her second straight top-10 finish, tying for sixth at 232 (76-76-80). Lee finished 16th at 235 (77-78-80) and Shimel tied for 17th at 236 (79-81-76) to give the Wolverines four starters among the top 20.
In her first career start, freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) rounded out the Wolverine starting five tying for 29th at 242 (80-84-78). Playing as individuals, sophomore Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) tied for 13th at 234 (86-71-77), junior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) tied for 33rd at 243 (85-78-80), and in her first collegiate event, freshman Ella Pendy (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South HS) tied for 75th at 259 (86-86-87).
The Wolverines will take a few weeks off from competition before heading to Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday through Sunday (Oct. 12-14) for North Carolina's Tar Heel Invitational at the Finley Golf Course. The last time the Wolverines played at UNC was during 2001 NCAA East Regional -- U-M's first NCAA postseason appearance.
Final Team Standings
1. MICHIGAN 308-308-314 = 930 Florida International 312-306-312 = 930 3. Xavier 316-311-306 = 933 Illinois 314-315-304 = 933 Eastern Michigan 312-311-310 = 933 6. Toledo 326-317-316 = 959 7. North Texas 326-322-325 = 973 8. Grand Valley State 335-328-315 = 978 9. Akron 330-328-323 = 981 10. Georgetown 335-332-316 = 983 11. Butler 333-328-325 = 986 12. Delaware 330-342-319 = 991 13. Ferris State 332-343-328 = 1003 14. Bucknell 340-328-336 = 1004
1. ALICIA WEBER, U-M 75-76-76 = 227* Alyssa Kwon, Eastern Michigan 75-75-77 = 227 Meghan MacLaren, Florida International 74-74-79 = 227 4. Shelby Coyle, Florida International 76-75-77 = 228 5. LAUREN GROGAN, U-M 76-73-81 = 230 6. Shane Crutchfield, Xavier 82-75-75 = 232 LINDA LUO, U-M 76-76-80 = 232 Michelle Mayer, Illinois 83-75-74 = 232 Breanna Patz, Xavier 74-80-78 = 232 Ember Schuldt, Illinois 81-79-72 = 232 Allison Schultz, Toledo 78-76-78 = 232
Other Michigan Individuals
16. Yugene Lee 77-78-80 = 235 T17. Alyssa Shimel 79-81-76 = 236 T29. Catherine Peters 80-84-78 = 242 T13. Devon Compton 86-71-77 = 234* T33. Chelsea Pezzola 85-78-80 = 243* T75. Ella Pendy 86-86-87 = 259* * played as individuals
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Stacy
On U-M winning its first event ... "The girls have been working really hard and it paid off today. They were excited to play at home on our course and in front of our fans. It really helped a lot throughout the weekend. We just tried to play one shot at a time. I know on that backside, we started faltering, but a couple of key shots at the end really sealed it for us. We would have liked to win it outright, but I am happy we were able to still win. I'm happy for the individuals, especially for Alicia (Weber). It's great to have a win for the team, and for our individuals."
On Alicia Weber's play and win ... "Any time you win a tournament, it's huge. When she came through playing in the qualifying rounds, Colleen (Cashman-McSween) and I thought, wow, she's pretty good. She hits the ball long and I think she's going to be one of our players. It's going to be a tight race for that four and five position."
On if the team is where she wants it to be right now ... "We always want to continue to get better. I saw a lot of three putts and we need to take care of that. Our depth has been great. Our individuals played well with Alicia (Weber) getting the win and Devon (Compton) shooting a 71 in the second round was great to see. There were a lot of positives this weekend. Obviously, they were a little bummed because they thought they should've played better, but that's their competitive nature. We are only going to get better and this win can only help us."
U-M Junior Alicia Weber
On how it feels to win a title so early in the season at home ... "It's overwhelming. I'm in total shock and I have no idea how it happened. I went out there, played my game, had fun and I ended up with the win."
On how she and the rest of the field persevered through the weather this weekend ... "Patience. I was just taking it one shot at a time. I knew that bogeys would happen and bad shots too, but you just have to keep playing and taking what the course gives you. The key is knowing it's not just you, everyone is playing in the same weather."
On U-M winning its home event ... "It's awesome that we were able to come back after not doing too hot last weekend (at MSU). We were able to turn it around and get ourselves ready for upcoming tournaments. It feels just great."
On how it feels to get back to college golf after a year off ... "It's awesome. I love this more than anything and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
U-M Sophomore Lauren Grogan
On getting the first win of the season ... "It feels awesome, especially being at our home course. It just makes everything that much better. Obviously, a win is a win and we are glad we came out here and played well."
On keeping track of other scores during the round ... "I honestly had no idea. Just like yesterday, I had no idea where I was after the first day. I think it's better because you just focus on your own round and what you have control over."
On the consistent mental toughness showed this weekend ... "It's draining. I'm both physically and mentally tired right now. It's a matter of concentrating and focusing on the one shot at hand, and making the best of it. It's all about the present and future because you can't change the past, so what's done is done."
N O T E S
With the win, Michigan recorded its 32nd team title in program history and second under head coach Cheryl Stacy.
In 28 women's golf events played on the U-M Golf Course, Michigan has claimed 10 team titles and nine individual titles.
With her medalist honor, Alicia Weber won her first collegiate event and become the 27th Wolverine to win a tournament. Overall, it is head coach Cheryl Stacy's third medalist -- Ashley Bauer (2012 Rio Verde Invitational) and Meagan Bauer (2011 Lady Northern Intercollegiate).
Michigan finished with six players among the top 20 -- four starters and two individuals.
With her even-par 71 in the second round, Devon Compton set a new career-best single-round tally. She bettered her 73 in the second round of the 2011 Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011).
Florida International tied with Michigan for the team title, helping FIU claim its second straight Wolverine Invitational title.
For just the second time in Wolverine Invitational history, three players earned medalist honors. The last time it happened was during the 1991 event.
Ferris State's Libby Berens recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole during the second round.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423