Feb. 18, 2011
Mon-Tue., Feb. 21-22 -- at Central District Invitational (Parrish, Fla.)
Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team continues its spring season with a trip to Parrish, Fla., Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 21-22) to participate in the competitive field at the Central District Invitational. The 54-hole event, hosted by Michigan State, will feature 15 teams with 12 among ranked in the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rating. The tournament will be played at the River Wilderness Country Club, which will be set up for a par 72 and 6,099 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 15 schools participating in the Central District Invitational: No. 12 Arkansas, No. 50 Baylor, Indiana, No. 27 Iowa State, No. 37 Kent State, No. 4 LSU, Michigan, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 42 Minnesota, Missouri, No. 44 Northwestern, No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 25 Ohio State, No. 30 TCU and No. 38 Texas A&M.
The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 20: Practice Round (tee times throughout day)
Monday, Feb. 21: First & Second Rounds (36) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., continuous play for second 18
Tuesday, Feb. 22: Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverines will travel five players to the Central District Invitational -- 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) and sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]).
Look at the Field, Again
Opening the spring last week, U-M played against 13 top-50 ranked programs in the 18-team field at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Now, U-M faces 12 more top-50 teams at the Central District Invitational.
Bring on the 10th Appearance
Michigan will compete in its 10th Central District Invitational. The Wolverines best finish was when they closed fourth in 2000 and then again in 2002. Overall, U-M has had four top-five finishes in nine events.
U-M at the Central District
2000 -- 4th of 11 (304-312-312/928)
2002 -- 4th of 14 (303-301-299/903)
2003 -- t-8th of 15 (315-304-318/937)
2004 -- did not compete
2005 -- 5th of 15 (307-303-289/899)
2006 -- t-9th of 14 (308-311-306/925)
2007 -- 5th of 14 (306-308-294/908)
2008 -- 8th of 15 (302-314-310/926)
2009 -- 15th of 15 (322-306-321/949)
2010 -- 15th of 15 (320-299-304/923)
Making the Move in the Second Round
Through six events, the Wolverines have posted the tournament-best score in the second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 303.17 per second round, nearly five shots better than the first round (308.50) and nearly 10 better than the third (313.00). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 308.22 clip per team round this season.
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 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 and is averaging a career-best 76.67 per round.
Rookie Gaining Experiences
Alyssa Shimel has started all six events and averaged 78.39 per round. She closed the fall season with a career-best 74 in the first round of the Challenge at Onion Creek and opened the spring season with a career-best 54-hole tournament total of 232 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
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.
Fri-Sun., March 4-6 -- at Rio Verde Collegiate (Rio Verde, Ariz.)
Mon-Tue., March 21-22 -- at John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate (Stockbridge, Ga.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423