Feb. 9, 2011
Sun-Tue., Feb. 13-15 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
Next on the Tee
After nearly two months away from competition, the University of Michigan women's golf team opens its spring season with its annual trip to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic Sunday through Tuesday (Feb. 13-15) in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The 18-team field will play the 54-hole event at the River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort. Each day will have 18 holes played per day. Scoring for the tournament will be five players; count the low four scores each round. The River Course will be set up for a par 72 and 6,300 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 18 teams in the field for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, including 13 ranked among the top 30 in the country -- No. 1 Alabama, No. 17 Auburn, No. 45 Florida State, No. 9 Georgia, Indiana, No. 25 Iowa State, No. 36 Kent State, Michigan, N.C. State, No. 43 Northwestern, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 29 Oklahoma State, No. 28 Oregon, Penn State, No. 5 Purdue, Southern Methodist, No. 30 TCU and No. 46 Texas Tech.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 12: Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Sunday, Feb. 13: First Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. AST
Monday, Feb. 14: Second Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. AST
Tuesday, Feb. 15: Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. AST
The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverines will travel six players to Puerto Rico, with the starting five to be determined following U-M's practice round. Traveling for the Maize and Blue will be senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]), junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), freshman Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood), freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County), freshman Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) and sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]).
Making the Move in the Second Round
Through five events, the Wolverines have posted the tournament-best score in the each second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 302.40 per second round, nearly five shots better than the first round (307.20) and nearly 11 better than the third (313.80). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 307.80 clip per team round this season.
The New Standard
Michigan's second-round 285 in the fall finale at the Challenge at Onion Creek broke the U-M single-round record by two shots. The Wolverines' previous best was a 287, fired at the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational (second, +3), 2002 Hawkeye Invitational (second, -1) and 2000 Shootout at the Legends (third, -1). It is just the sixth round under 290 in team history.
Follow the Leader
Min Yean Tan led U-M in four of the five fall events, posting four top-20 and two top-10 finishes during the span. She notched a season-best and tied her career-best finish with her third-round score at the Wolverine Invitational. She also leads the Wolverines with a 75.00 per-round average.
The Second Best All-Time
After setting her career best with a 70 in the first round Challenge at Onion Creek, Min Yean Tan followed with a three-under 67 in the second round, which is the second-lowest round ever by a Wolverine. It marks the first time in Tan's career that she has shot below 70 and marked just the 17th time in U-M history a Wolverine broke the 70-stroke barrier. Tan was two shots away from U-M's all-time record of 65 (-7), carded by Ashley Bauer in the second round of 2010 Big Ten Championships.
After a breakout sophomore season, Meagan Bauer continues to perform as a junior. She closed the fall season with a career-best pace of 76.73 per round. She set a new single-round career best with a one-under 69 in the second round at the Challenge at Onion Creek, topping her prior best of 71 shot twice. Bauer closed the Challenge with a career-best 221 54-hole tournament total, topping the 223 she had at the 2010 Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Rookie Gaining Experiences
Alyssa Shimel may be new to the collegiate game, but after the fall season she has proven to be force for the Wolverines, starting all five events and averaging 78.60 per round. She closed the fall season by posting her career best with a 74 in the first round of the Challenge at Onion Creek.
The Maize and Blue Postseason Resume
Michigan has been represented in NCAA Regional competition by the U-M team or an individual in eight of the last 10 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07 and '09. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) have made central regional appearances as individuals. In 2002, the Wolverines finished sixth at the central regional in East Lansing, Mich., to advance to their first NCAA Finals, where the Maize and Blue finished 17th.
A Very Full Showcase
Michigan has 31 tournament titles in the history of the program. Of those 31 titles, 12 have been won during the last seven years -- two in 2003-04, four in 2004-05, one in 2005-06, two in 2006-07, none in 2007-08, two in 2008-09 and one in 2009-10.
Mon-Tue., Feb. 21-22 -- at Central District Classic (Parrish, Fla.)
Fri-Sun., March 4-6 -- at Rio Verde Collegiate (Rio Verde, Ariz.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423