Feb. 14, 2013
Fri-Sun., Feb. 15-17 -- at Florida State's Match Up Invitational (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team will head to Tallahassee, Fla., for Florida State's Match Up Invitational at Southwood Golf Club, Friday through Sunday (Feb. 15-17). In a unique 12-team format, U-M will pair with Notre Dame on the first two days as part of the challenge. The two teams will play together for 36 holes and take the top four scores and the worst score of the 10 players to create a pairing total. Those team scores will be kept to determine a Match Up team champion. Sunday's final round will have each team play individually to help determine the overall 54-hole team and individual champions. Southwood Golf Club will be set up for a par 72 at 6,314 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 12 teams in the field for the 2013 Florida State Match Up event, including Florida State, Furman, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas San Antonio, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington.
The Match-Up Pairings
Team 1: Florida State & Texas A&M
Team 2: Michigan & Notre Dame
Team 3: Tennessee & Texas San Antonio
Team 4: Kansas & Furman
Team 5: UNC Greensboro & UNC Wilmington
Team 6: Oklahoma & Georgia
The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 14 -- Practice Round, 9:50 a.m.; Scavenger Hunt & Team Dinner, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15 -- First Round (18) begins with tee times at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 -- Second Round (18) begins with tee times at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 -- Final Round (18) begins with shotgun at 8:30 a.m.
The Wolverine Lineup
Michigan will travel five Wolverines to Florida State's Match Up Invitational. Sophomore Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS), junior Alicia Weber (Northville, Mich./Northville HS), junior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) and freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) will all make the trip to Tallahassee.
Michigan had two top-five team finishes, including tying for the team title at the Wolverine Invitational held at the U-M Golf Course and tying for fourth at the Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Alicia Weber captured her first career medalist honor by winning the Wolverine Invitational, playing as an individual. A transfer from Cal Poly, Weber posted her prior best finish as runner-up at the 2010 Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational.
With the win at the Wolverine Invitational, 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.
Michigan will carry nine players this season, none of which will comprise a senior class. The Wolverines will carry four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.
U-M has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 12 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
On if she has enjoyed her collegiate golf experience so far ... "Absolutely. We have a great team dynamic right now. I really like the coaches. It is a lot of work, but I really enjoy the golf and competition."
On her fall season ... "It was quite the shift from high school golf to college golf. It was just completely different. I was really confident when I went into tournaments, but when I went to my first college tournament I was really nervous and wasn't as confident as I normally am. I didn't play as well as I wanted this fall, and I had a wrist injury. However, I was able to get home during the winter break. I decided to really work on my game, get stronger and really come back ready to play some of the best golf I have ever played."
On playing high school golf with the boys' team ... "I played with the boys for just a couple of years. It is just so completely different. With guys, they pretty much always get along with each other, but they also hit it so, so long. I was always trying to catch up with them distance wise. So, I had to make it up usually somewhere else and that was with my short game. Overall, it was a lot more competitive. I had fun with it."
On her confidence ... "Coming from six kids, you have to be able to hold up on your own. I am in the middle so you have to be able to handle a lot. My parents always tell us don't say something if you cannot back it up or don't do anything unless you can back it up or even whatever you do work as hard as you can at it."
On something most people don't know about her ... "I love to run. Most days I run to practice from South Quad, even during the winter. I get all kinds of junk from my teammates because they keep offering rides, but I just like to run. I don't think I will ever do a marathon, but I heard about the Mudder and I might try that. I also love dogs. We have four dogs at home."
LAST TIME OUT (Feb. 10-12)
Michigan opened the spring portion of its schedule with a 12th-place finish in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a 934 total (313-310-311). Lauren Grogan paced the Wolverines, tying for 34th at 229 (74-77-77). Grogan had three birdies in her final round and shot an even-par 36 on the back nine. Linda Luo tied for 40th (231), Alicia Weber tied for 68th (239), Chelsea Pezzola tied for 74th (243), and Devon Compton was 77th (245). [ Recap ]
Fri-Sun., March 8-10 -- at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
Sun-Tue., March 31-April 2 -- SDSU Farms Invitational (San Diego, Calif.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423