U-M Has Best Round on Day Three of Challenge at Onion Creek
Grace Choi

Oct. 1, 2013

Site: Austin, Texas
Course: Onion Creek Club (par 70, 5,821 yards)
Tournament: Challenge at Onion Creek
U-M Team Standing: 9th Place of 11 Teams (307-309-299/915)
Top U-M Individual: Lauren Grogan, 30th (75-77-72/224)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., Oct. 12-13 -- at Diane Thomason Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)

AUSTIN, Texas -- With a career-best 71 from freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) and 72 from junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), the University of Michigan women's golf team posted a 299 final-round score today (Tuesday, Oct. 1) to finish ninth with a 915 tournament total at the Challenge at Onion Creek played at the Onion Creek Club.

With 36 holes played Monday (Sept. 30), Grogan paced U-M's opening round with a 75. Combined with sophomore Catherine Peters' (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) 76, U-M posted an opening 307 to sit ninth after 18 holes. Senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) highlighted the day's second 18 holes with a 76, while Grogan carded a 77, giving U-M a 309 total. Returning to her home state, Choi carded a career-best, one-over 71, while Grogan tied a career best with a two-over 72, as U-M remained ninth.

For the second straight event, Grogan led the Wolverines individually as she posted her first top-20 finish of the season, tying for 19th at 224 (75-77-72). Using her 71 final-round total, Choi moved up 10 positions to tie for 40th at 231 (78-82-71), while Peters (76-78-79) and Shimel (78-76-79) rounded out U-M top four scorers, tying for 43rd at 233.

Senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) finished 45th at 235 (80-78-77), and senior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) played in her first event of the season as an individual and tied for 52nd at 242 (82-82-78).

The Wolverines fall season continues with a trip to Iowa City, Iowa, for the first time in a little more than a decade. The Maize and Blue participate in Iowa's Diane Thomason Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13. The two-day, 54-hole event will be held at Finkbine Golf Course on campus.

Final Team Standings

 1. Texas Tech           291-291-286 = 868
 2. Miami (Fla.)         293-292-286 = 871
 3. Kansas               294-289-292 = 875
    Coastal Carolina     291-298-286 = 875
 5. Texas State          294-291-300 = 885
 6. Iowa                 297-293-308 = 898
 7. Kansas State         303-303-298 = 904
 8. Grand Canyon         297-302-312 = 911
 9. MICHIGAN             307-309-299 = 915
10. St. Edwards          311-311-317 = 939
11. Texas-Pan American   322-333-312 = 967

Top Individuals

 1. Elin Arvidsson, Texas Tech           72-67-69 = 208 (-2)
 2. Kimmy Hill, Texas Tech               72-73-67 = 212
 3. Chorphaka Jaengkit, Grand Canyon     70-72-71 = 213
 4. Marissa Hinchman, Coastal Carolina   69-72-73 = 214
 5. Leti Ras-Anderica, Miami (Fla.)      73-73-69 = 215
 6. Thanuttra Boonraksasat, Kansas       72-70-74 = 216
 7. Stephanie Bertelsen, Texas Tech      71-72-75 = 218
    Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas         74-71-73 = 218
    Frida Castillo, Coastal Carolina     76-71-71 = 218
    Delfy Acosta, Miami (Fla.)           74-72-72 = 218

Michigan Individuals

T19. Lauren Grogan      75-77-72 = 224
T40. Grace Choi         78-82-71 = 231
T43. Catherine Peters   76-78-79 = 233
T43. Alyssa Shimel      78-76-79 = 233
 45. Yugene Lee         80-78-77 = 235
T52. Chelsea Pezzola    82-82-78 = 242*
* played as individual


• Michigan used the same starting lineup for the second straight event.

Lauren Grogan has led U-M in the first two events of the season. She has posted back-to-back top-25 individual finishes -- tying for 25th at the Mercedes-Benz Championship and tying for 19th at the Challenge at Onion Creek.

Grace Choi set a new career-best single-round total with a one-over 71 in the final round.

Lauren Grogan has started her last 15 straight events.


Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On the Challenge at Onion Creek ... "If you look at our scoring over the first two rounds we never were able to get some momentum going. Our true detriment was allowing some physical mistakes to affect our shots. Everyone is going to hit some bad shots on a long 36-hole day. We did not handle the adversity as well as we could have. We just dug ourselves into a pretty deep hole early with some poor shot selections and some poor course management. It's disappointing; however, we talked about it and worked on it after the first day. It was better today, but we are disappointed with our showing. We are trying to get into contention in every tournament we play in. It was just too big of a hole after the first two rounds. "

On the play of Grace Choi and Lauren Grogan in the final round ... "I was pretty proud of Grace. She faced some adversity pretty early in her round today. She hit it out of bounds on her very first tee shot and was four over par after four holes. However, she rallied and played her final 14 holes three under and finished with a solid round. Lauren did not hit it well over her first two rounds but had some respectable scores with her 75 and 77. Today, she hit it a little better and scored well."

On where the Wolverines go from here before Iowa's tournament ... "The team, in general, needs to just learn that perfection is not required to shoot a good score. We are going to have to work on that and that is okay. We do not need to go back to the drawing board, but we have to keep working and stay in the process of taking each shot one at a time. There were plenty of positives from this event. We have to limited our mistakes and focus on the shot that is right in front of us. We have a lot talent and potential. I have no doubt we are going to continue to work hard and get better."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423