March 1, 2011
Fri-Sun., March 4-6 -- at Rio Verde Invitational (Rio Verde, Ariz.)
Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team made the trek to Arizona for its annual spring break training trip and will close out the tail end of play defending its 2010 titles at the 2011 Rio Verde Invitational. The three-day 54-hole event, held Friday through Saturday (March 4-6) on White Wing Golf Course, will feature a 17-team field -- hosted by Western Michigan. White Wing will be set up for a par 72 and 6,317 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 17 schools participating in the Rio Verde Invitational: Akron, Arkansas-Little Rock, Ball State, Bowling Green, Bradley, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Missouri State, Northern Arizona, Ohio, Penn State, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Toledo, Western Michigan and Xavier.
The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 3: Practice Round (tee times throughout day)
Friday, March 4: First Round (18), shotgun, 1 p.m. MST
Saturday, March 5: Second Round (18), shotgun 8 a.m. MST
Sunday, March 6, Final Round (18), shotgun, 8 a.m. MST
The Tournament Lineup
With the entire Wolverine squad on the spring break trip, the five-player starting group for the Rio Verde will be finalized at the practice round. The remaining Wolverines will play as individuals. Vying for spots will be 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.), senior Jenn Cleary (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), senior Louisa Shu (West Bloomfield, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm) and sophomore Shana Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc).
Looking to Repeat 2010 Performance
Former Wolverine Ashley Bauer posted back-to-back rounds of three-under 68 before going on to win medalist honors, as Michigan had three Wolverines in the top 10 -- Bauer (1st), former Wolverine Andrea Ratigan (t-3rd) and Min Yean Tan (t-7th) -- and won the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational at the Quail Run Golf Course. U-M closed with a score of 881, 14 strokes better than runner-up Minnesota. In addition, the team victory gave U-M coach Cheryl Stacy her first team victory in her first season in charge of the Maize and Blue.
The Only Repeat Winner
Michigan's victory at the 2010 Rio Verde Invitational marked the second time the Wolverines have won the event in Arizona. In addition to the 2010 title, U-M won the 2005 event with a 900 (303-301-296) tally. U-M became the first team to ever win Rio Verde Invitational twice in the tournament's history.
Coming Around in Florida
Caramia Sitompul set a new career best for a single round twice at the Central District Classic. First, she set the mark with a 74 in the second round, only to better it with a 73 in the final round. Using back-to-back career-best rounds, she set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with a 225. She topped her previous best of 231 shot last year at the 2010 Indiana Invitational. She also finished as the top Wolverine in an event for the first time in her career.
Setting New Standards
Alyssa Shimel set a new career best with an even-par 72 in the second round of last week's Central District Classic. With that round, she produced a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with a 230 (81-72-77). She topped her prior best of 74, which she fired in the first round of the Challenge at Onion Creek and 233, which she has tallied twice, at the Wolverine Invitational and Mary Fossum Invitational.
Still Sizzling in the Second Round
Through seven events, the Wolverines have posted the tournament-best score in the second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 303.00 per second round, more than four shots better than the first round (307.43) and more than seven better than the third (310.86). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 307.10 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.
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.
Mon-Tue., March 21-22 -- at John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate (Stockbridge, Ga.)
Fri-Sun., April 1-3 -- at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423