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Mon-Wed., March 3-5 -- at Hurricane Invitational (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Next on the Tee: Hurricane Invitational
In its second tournament action of the spring season, the University of Michigan women's golf team will travel south to Coral Gables, Fla., for the Hurricane Invitational, Monday through Wednesday (March 3-5). The three-day, 54-hole event will feature a 17-team field playing on the Biltmore Golf Course. Scoring for the Invitational will be five players, count the low four scores each round playing in threesomes. The course will be set up for a par of 71 at 6,092 yards.
The Tournament Field
The Hurricane Invitational will feature a 17-team field, including Campbell, Daytona State, East Carolina, Iowa, Iowa State, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Longwood, Maryland, Mercer, Miami (A&B), Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Texas State, Texas Tech and South Florida.
The Tournament Schedule
Monday, March 3 -- First Round (18) -- 7:30 a.m. EST (tee times off No. 1 and No. 10)
Tuesday, March 4 -- Second Round (18) -- 7:30 a.m. EST (tee times off No. 1 and No. 10)
Wednesday, March 5 -- Final Round (18) -- 8 a.m. EST (shotgun)
The Tournament Lineup
U-M will travel seven players, including five starters and two players competing as individuals. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS), sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS), senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS). The Michigan individuals competing in the tournament will be senior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) and junior Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS).
Michigan has competed in the Hurricane Invitational once before, in 2012, when it finished seventh in a 16-team field. Current Wolverines Alyssa Shimel, Yugene Lee and Lauren Grogan started for U-M in their last trip to Coral Gables, and Devon Compton competed as an individual.
When the Wolverines participated in the 2012 Hurricane Invitational, Alyssa Shimel earned a top-25 finish by tying for 22nd place with a 234 total. Yugene Lee tied for 37th place (239), while Lauren Grogan's score of 242 tied her for 45th place, and Devon Compton finished in 82nd (267) competing as an individual.
The Hurricane Invitational falls during U-M's spring break, which extends from Saturday, March 1, to Sunday, March 9. After competing in the tournament, the Wolverines will remain in the Miami area until Saturday, March 8, to get in a few more practice rounds in warm weather before returning to Ann Arbor.
In the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Grace Choi set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with her 224 total, shaving one stroke off her previous best of 225, which she set at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point (Oct. 27-28).
Grace Choi earned her second consecutive top-25 finish, marking the third such finish for any Wolverine this season. Lauren Grogan finished 19th at the Challenge at Onion Creek, and Choi finished 20th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point.
After starting 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. She has started 18 consecutive events for U-M.
Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee are U-M's most experienced players with 34 and 35 career events, respectively. Shimel has started all 35 of her career events, while Lee has totaled 31 starts thus far.
The Hurricane Invitational marks the second of five spring events for the Wolverines. Michigan's spring slate had one change; U-M will now compete in the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1) instead of the event originally scheduled at San Diego State.
Freshman Grace Choi closed the fall season as U-M's scoring leader with a 76.64 per-round average, recording her first career top-20 finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28) to close out the fall season. She fired a career-best and team-best 71 in the third round of the Onion Creek Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 1).
Grace Choi continues to improve with each closing round as she typically scores 76.2 in the first round and 77.4 in the second round before closing with 74.75 in the final round.
Lauren Grogan continues to keep pace with her play from a season ago. After closing her sophomore season with a 76.87 scoring average, she has maintained that this season, averaging 76.91 per round.
LAST TIME OUT
U-M opened its spring season by tallying a 917 team total (304-307-306) to finish 13th in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic held Feb. 16-18 at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Wolverines were led by a tie for 24th place for Grace Choi, whose 224 total gave her a 54-hole personal low and a top-25 finish in back-to-back events. Finishing behind Choi were Catherine Peters, who tied for 34th, Yugene Lee (tie-50th), Lauren Grogan (tie-63rd) and Alyssa Shimel (tie-77th). [ Recap ]
Fri-Sun., March 14-16 -- at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
Mon-Tue., March 31-April 1 -- at Hoya Invitational (Beallsville, Md.)
Contact: Chad Shepard, Tom Wywrot