Wolverines Shoot Season Best to Close Fall
Linda Luo

Oct. 29, 2012

Site: Kiawah Island, S.C.
Course: Oak Point Golf Club (par 72, 5,906 yards)
Tournament: Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate
U-M Team Standing: Tie-4th Place of 17 Teams (296-295-303/894)
Top U-M Individual: Linda Luo, tie-15th (71-75-76/222)
Next U-M Event: Sun-Tue., Feb. 10-12 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- With top-25 individual finishes from sophomores Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) and Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), the University of Michigan women's golf team closed its fall season today (Monday, Oct. 29), tying for fourth with a season-best 894 teal total at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate held at the Oak Point Golf Club.

In Sunday's opening 18 holes (Oct. 28), Grogran tied a career best with a one-under 71 and freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) shot a career-best 75, as the Wolverines tallied their first team round under 300 this fall with a 296 to enter the top five.

The Wolverines bettered that round by a single shot in the day's second 18, as junior Alicia Weber (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) fired a career-best one-under 71 and Peters carded her second 75 of the day to help U-M post a 295 and stay among the top five.

In today's final round, sophomore Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) tied her career best with a closing one-under 71 as the Wolverines finished with a 303 team total for a season-best 894 and their second top-five finish of the fall.

Luo led U-M with her third top-15 finish of the fall season as she tied for 15th at 222 (71-75-76), while Grogan tied for 23rd with a season-best 224 (71-74-79). In her second start of the season, Weber tied for 32nd, tying a season best with a 227 (79-71-77), while Compton tied for 29th at 228 (79-78-71). Peters rounded out the Wolverine starters, tying for 50th at 230 (75-75-80), while junior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) played as an individual, tying for 32nd with a career-best 227 (78-75-74).

With the fall season concluded, the Wolverines will return to action in the New Year with their annual alumni match on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Quail West Golf & Country Club in Naples, Fla. U-M begins team competition with the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Sunday through Tuesday, Feb. 10-12, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Final Team Standings

 1. Campbell                282-295-289 = 866
 2. East Tennessee State    296-300-291 = 887
 3. Coastal Carolina        292-302-297 = 891
 4. MICHIGAN                296-295-303 = 894
    Elon                    303-293-298 = 894
    Maryland                298-293-303 = 894
 7. Kansas                  307-296-299 = 902
 8. College of Charleston   309-298-299 = 906
 9. Augusta State           302-305-300 = 907
10. Jacksonville State      309-296-305 = 910
11. Richmond                306-298-308 = 912
12. Xavier                  307-303-306 = 916
13. James Madison           301-307-311 = 919
14. South Florida           309-306-307 = 922
15. Georgia State           315-306-310 = 931
16. Charleston Southern     311-308-315 = 934
17. The Citadel             326-328-334 = 988

Top Individuals

 1. Maria Jose Benavides, Campbell           73-69-71 = 213 (-3)
 2. Vivienne Chin, ETSU                      73-73-71 = 217
    Martyna Mierzwa, Elon                    73-71-73 = 217
    Christine Shimel, Maryland               74-73-70 = 217
 5. Brooke Bellomy, Campbell                 71-78-70 = 219
    T. Boonraksasat, Kansas                  72-73-74 = 219
    Vanessa Koechli, College of Charleston   73-75-71 = 219
    Teresa Urquizu, Campbell                 67-74-78 = 219
 9. Lisbeth Brooks, Campbell                 71-76-73 = 220
    Marissa Hinchman, Coastal Carolina       72-74-74 = 220
    Tracy Martin, Richmond                   72-72-76 = 220
    Maya Parsons, Jacksonville State         75-71-74 = 220
    Sunna Vidisdottir, Elon                  75-72-73 = 220

Michigan Individuals

T15. Linda Luo          71-75-76 = 222
T23. Lauren Grogan      71-74-79 = 224
T32. Alicia Weber       79-71-77 = 227
T39. Devon Compton      79-78-71 = 228
T50. Catherine Peters   75-75-80 = 230
T32. Chelsea Pezzola    78-75-74 = 227


• Michigan's 894 total is a season best by 36 shots. U-M's prior tournament best was a 930 totaled at the Wolverine Invitational.

• Michigan set a season-best team total of 296 in the first round, only to lower that total in the second round with a 295. It marked the first time this season U-M had team rounds under 300.

Linda Luo has produced three top-15 finishes in four fall events -- third (Mary Fossum Invitational), tie for sixth (Wolverine Invitational) and tie for 15th (Palmetto Intercollegiate).

Lauren Grogan tied her career-best single-round total with her one-under 71 in the first round. She equaled the one-under 71 carded in the second round of the 2011 Challenge at Onion Creek.

Alicia Weber set a new career-best single-round total with her one-under 71 in the second round. She topped the 73 she had in the final round of the 2011 Big West Championships and the first round of the 2011 Fresno State Lexus Classic. Using the career-best round, she equaled her season-best 54-hole tournament total of 227.

Devon Compton shot a career-best one-under 71 in the final round, marking the second time this fall she has shot the career-best round. She first recorded it in the second round of the Wolverine Invitational. With her 228 event total, she lowered her season-best 54-hole tournament total by six shots.

Catherine Peters lowered her career-best single-round total with back-to-back 75s. She bettered the 76 she had in the first round of the Mary Fossum Invitational. With the pair of career-best rounds, she lowered her career-best 54-hole tournament total to 230.

• Playing as an individual, Chelsea Pezzola tallied a career-best 227 54-hole tournament total. She bettered the 231 tally she posted as a freshman at the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek.


Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Stacy
On the Palmetto Intercollegiate ... "I was very pleased with the way we played this weekend. We had three rounds under par individually with Lauren (Grogan), Devon (Compton) and Alicia (Weber) all shooting 71s. It was really great to see Devon come back and shoot that 71 in the final round and contribute after she got off to a slow start the first day. As a whole we really had a lot of contributions from different players all weekend. As a team we had two team rounds under 300, which 300-and-better is always our team goal. We just wanted to go into this tournament with the goal of winning it. In fact, we have adopted this type of attitude from here on out. We are just going to go into each event planning on winning it and playing loose and enthusiastic. This really showed this weekend as the girl's had a really good attitude and chemistry this weekend. We had a lot of positive things happen and it was a great way to go into the winter break."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423