Week #7: Wolverines to Head to Florida for Central District Invite

Feb. 18, 2012

Mon-Tue., Feb. 20-21 -- at Central District Invitational (Parrish, Fla.)
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Next on the Tournament Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team continues its spring season with a trip to Parrish, Fla., Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 20-21) to participate in the competitive field at the Central District Invitational. The 54-hole event, hosted by Michigan State, will feature 15 teams. 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 teams in the field for the 2012 Central District Invitational, including: Central Florida, Coastal Carolina, Indiana, Iowa State, Kent State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU and Vanderbilt.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 19: Practice Round (tee times throughout day)
Monday, Feb. 20: First & Second Rounds (36) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., continuous play for second 18
Tuesday, Feb. 21: Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
Michigan's five-member starting group includes: senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS), freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS).

Bring on the 11th Appearance
Michigan will compete in its 11th Central District Classic. 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)
2011 -- 9th of 15 (301-302-298/901)

Staying Up Front on the Leaderboard Charts
With her 11th-place finish at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Meagan Bauer has posted three top-15 individual finishes in six events this season. She has highlighted the season winning her first collegiate event at the Lady Northern Invitational, the site of the Big Ten Championships. She opened season tying for 15th at the Mary Fossum Invitational. In her final season, Bauer leads U-M with a career-best 75.44 per-round average.

Streak Continues
Yugene Lee's tie for 33rd at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic continued her streak of finishing among the top 40 in all six events this season. She highlighted the fall season with four top-25 individual finishes -- medalist runner-up at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tying for 11th at the Challenge at Onion Creek, tying for 12th at the Lady Northern and tying for 21st at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational. She has dropped almost three strokes from her freshman-year average, posting a 75.72 per round.

How About That Fall Season
Michigan posted four top-five finishes during its fall season -- tying for second at the Challenge at Onion Creek, placing third at Mary Fossum Invitational and the Lady Northern as well as closing fourth at Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational. In fact, the Wolverines started the fall with three straight top-five finishes, a feat not duplicated since the 2008-09 season. Opening the spring, U-M was 12th in the prestigious field at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

The New Home of the Wolverines
Following the fall season, both Michigan men's and women's golf teams moved into its new practice facility -- the Weisfeld Family Golf Center. After starting construction last September, the $2.5 million, 10,000 gross-square-foot building was dedicated and open for both programs. The new facility, set off South Main Street on the west side of the driving range of the U-M Golf Course, provides indoor/outdoor hitting bays, chipping and putting area, a golf simulator area, meeting areas, team room, coaches offices and new locker rooms. [ Photo Tour ]

Breaking Through with Individual Title
Meagan Bauer's medalist honor at the Lady Northern marked the 26th overall time a U-M player has won an individual title and is the first for a Wolverine since the 2009-10. The last Wolverine to win an individual title was Meagan's sister, Ashley (2007-10), who won the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. Meagan and her sister Ashley are the first sisters to win individual titles in Michigan history.

The NCAA Postseason a Regular Occurrence
Michigan has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in nine of the last 11 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09 and now '11. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) made central regional appearances as individuals. Below is a look at how the Wolverines have fared during NCAA postseason action:

Michigan in the NCAA Postseason
• 2001, East Regional - 12th of 21 (308-308-309/925) - program's first invitation
• 2002, Central Regional - 6th of 21 (313-322-294/929) - program's first advancement to NCAA Finals
• 2002, NCAA Finals - 17th of 24 (301-299-299-300/1199)
• 2004, Central Regional - Laura Olin, individual, t-17th (75-76-78/229)
• 2005, Central Regional - 15th of 21 (301-320-305/926)
• 2006, Central Regional - Amy Schmucker, individual, t-71st (80-82-78/240)
• 2007, Central Regional - 13th of 21 (311-305-310/926) - hosted at U-M Golf Course
• 2009, Central Regional - 17th of 21 (312-321-327/960)
• 2010, Central Regional - Ashley Bauer, individual, t-76th (78-87-80/245)
• 2011, Central Regional - 18th of 24 (316-307-315/938)

Mon-Tue., March 5-6 -- at Hurricane Invitational (Miami Lakes, Fla.)
Fri-Sun., March 16-18 -- at Notre Dame Clover Cup (Mesa, Ariz.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423