Michigan Moves to 11th at Finish of Diane Thomason Invite
Yugene Lee

Oct. 13, 2013

Site: Iowa City, Iowa
Course: Finkbine Golf Course (par 72, 6,212 yards)
Tournament: Diane Thomason Invitational
U-M Team Standing: 11th Place of 12 Teams (322-318-306/946)
Top U-M Individual: Alyssa Shimel, tie-31st (79-80-75/234)
Next U-M Event: Sun-Mon., Oct. 27-28 -- at Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island, S.C.)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In Sunday's (Oct. 13) final round, senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) shot 75, and senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) and freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) carded 76s, as the University of Michigan women's golf team earned a 306 team total and 11th-place finish today at the Diane Thomason Invitational played at the Finkbine Golf Course. With rounds of 322 and 318 Saturday (Oct. 12), U-M finished with a 946 overall and moved up one spot from yesterday.

The Wolverines were led by Shimel's opening 79 in the first round, which also included an eagle on the par-4 365-yard 10th hole by junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS). In the second 18 holes of the day, sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) paced play with a 78. Shimel's closing 75, and Lee and Choi's 76s helped the Wolverines rally in the final round. Shimel and Lee both had a pair of birdies on the last 18.

Shimel tied for 31st at 234 (79-80-75) and had five birdies overall, and Choi posted her third straight top-50 individual finish (47th at 237, 80-81-76).

The Wolverines will close their fall season at the end of the month when they travel to Kiawah, S.C., Sunday and Monday, Oct. 27-28 for the College of Charleston's Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate. The two-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Oak Pointe Golf Club.

Final Team Standings

 1. Illinois           299-301-299 = 899
 2. Kansas             303-298-303 = 904
 3. Wisconsin          304-305-298 = 907
 4. Ohio State         305-301-305 = 911
 5. Augusta State      303-300-314 = 917
 6. Iowa               304-312-306 = 922
 7. Campbell           311-303-309 = 923
 8. Chattanooga        320-307-305 = 932
 9. Kansas State       310-311-317 = 938
10. Middle Tennessee   313-307-319 = 939
11. MICHIGAN           322-318-306 = 946
12. South Florida      319-316-325 = 960

Top Individuals

 1. Stephanie Miller, Illinois        74-70-69 = 213
 2. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas      78-70-75 = 223
 3. Jessica Porvasnik, Ohio State     75-73-76 = 224
 4. Brooke Ferrell, Wisconsin         75-80-70 = 225
    Ember Schuldt, Illinois           72-80-73 = 225
 6. Katja Pogacar, Ohio State         77-75-74 = 226
 7. Jessica Haigwood, Augusta State   76-71-80 = 227
    Minami Levonowich, Kansas         76-76-75 = 227
    Josefine Nyqvist, Augusta State   73-74-80 = 227
    Meghan Potee, Kansas              77-76-74 = 227

Michigan Individuals

T31. Alyssa Shimel      79-80-75 = 234
T47. Grace Choi         80-81-76 = 237
T56. Lauren Grogan      81-79-79 = 239
 62. Yugene Lee         84-82-76 = 242
T63. Catherine Peters   82-78-84 = 244
 69. Alicia Weber       86-80-83 = 249*
* played as individual


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

Lauren Grogan has started her last 16 straight events.

Alicia Weber played in her first event of the season as an individual and notched four birdies.


Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On the differences between the first and second days play ... "The biggest difference was eliminating some of our bigger numbers in the third round as opposed to rounds one and two. We have to get better at that as we continue to grow and learn. That was the biggest difference."

On the third round ... "I was proud of them today. We were sitting in last place, and it could have been easy to put our heads down and coast in. However, they came out with a lot of pride today. Although, it was not where we want to be, I saw a lot of fight and a lot of pride. That is what excites me."

On the continued improvement over the course of an event ... "They are a very coachable group. They work very hard. When we are at home, we are doing the right things that are going to continue to help us get better. Golf has a funny way of not really rewarding you right away. I do see progress even though our scores do not reflect that just yet. It's going to take time. Their attitudes, particularly when we are working at home, are phenomenal. Our practice rounds are extremely productive. It's learning to get more comfortable on the golf course and not allowing things to get out of control. That is all part of the learning process. I see a lot of positive things."

On what U-M will work on with only one fall event remaining ... "We are going to focus on the things we have focused on all fall. We are going to work on course management. We are going to work on scoring, and that is mostly short game -- putting, speed work, short putts and basic chips."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423