Feb. 14, 2014
Sun-Tue., Feb. 16-18 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, P.R.)
Next on the Tee: Lady Puerto Rico Classic
In its first match of the spring season, the University of Michigan women's golf team travels to Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, for Purdue's Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Sunday through Tuesday, Feb. 16-18. The three-day, 54-hole event will feature a 15-team field playing on The River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort. Scoring for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic will be five players; count the low four scores each round playing in threesomes. The River Course will be set up for a par 72 at 6,191 yards.
The Tournament Field
The Lady Puerto Rico Classic will feature a 15-team field, including Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Augusta State, Georgia, Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan, Missouri, N.C. State, Northwestern, Purdue, TCU, Tennessee and Texas Tech.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 15 -- Registration, Practice Round, Coaches Meeting -- times throughout the day
Sunday, Feb. 16 -- First Round (18) -- 8 a.m. AST, shotgun
Monday, Feb. 17 -- First Round (18) -- 8 a.m. AST, shotgun
Tuesday, Feb. 18 -- First Round (18) -- 7:30 a.m. AST, shotgun
The Tournament Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player squad. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS), sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS), junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS).
Michigan returns to competition after a near three-month break.
U-M will play five spring events beginning with the trip to Purdue's Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The Wolverines' spring slate had one change as they will now compete in the Hoya Invitational March 31-April 1. Georgetown's event replaces an event originally scheduled at San Diego State.
Michigan will open its spring season at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic for the seventh straight season. The Wolverines had their best team finish in 2009, tying for 11th. U-M has also finished 12th three times (2010, '12, '13), 13th (2011) and 15th (2008).
The Wolverines have had an individual finish among the top 20 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in four of the six events. Last season, former Wolverine Meagan Bauer (2009-12) posted the best individual finish as she tied for 11th.
Yugene Lee will make her fourth straight appearance at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, while Lauren Grogan and Alyssa Shimel will each be making their third. Catherine Peters and Grace Choi will be playing in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, for the first time. Lee's best individual finish was tying for 33rd in 2012, Grogan's is tying for 34th (2013), and Shimel's is tying for 40th (2011).
After starting all 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. Overall, she has started her last 17 straight events for U-M. Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee are U-M's most experienced players with 33 and 34 career events, respectively. Of her 34 tournaments, Shimel has started all 34 of her career events, while Lee has 30 starts.
Newcomer Grace Choi closed the fall season as U-M's scoring leader with a 76.64 per-round average. She closed the fall season recording her first career top-20 finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. She fired a career-best and team-best 71 in the third round of the Onion Creek Invitational. Choi has continued to improve with each closing round as she averages 77.00 in the first round, 78.50 in the second before closing with a 73.67 average.
Lauren Grogan continues to keep pace with her play from a season ago. Closing her sophomore season with a 76.87 scoring average, she has maintained that this season with a 76.91 per-round score through the four fall events.
U-M has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 13 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.
LAST TIME OUT
Recording her first top-20 individual finish with a career-best 225 total, Grace Choi led Michigan to a fall-closing 16th-place finish at the Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate held at the Turtle Point Golf Course. The Wolverines tallied a 939 team total (306-316-317). Following Choi, Lauren Grogan closed the fall tying for 63rd, while Catherine Peters and Chelsea Pezzola both tied for 81st. [ Recap ]
Mon-Wed., March 3-5 -- at Hurricane Invitational (Miami, Fla.)
Fri-Sun., March 14-16 -- at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423