Week #8: Wolverines to Finish Spring Break with Hurricane Invitational

March 1, 2012

Mon-Tue., March 5-6 -- at Hurricane Invitational (Miami Lakes, Fla.)
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Next on the Tournament Tee
After nearly a full week of practicing and training during spring break, the University of Michigan women's golf team will close the trip traveling to Miami Lakes, Fla., Monday and Tuesday (March 5-6) to participate in the competitive field at the Hurricane Invitational. The 54-hole event, hosted by Miami, will feature 16 teams. The tournament will be played at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, which will be set up for a par 71 and 6,017 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 16 teams in the field for the 2012 Hurricane Invitational, including: Arkansas State, Boston College, Campbell, Daytona State College, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, Georgia State, James Madison, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, Longwood, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oral Roberts and Princeton.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, March 4: Practice Round (tee times throughout day)
Monday, March 5: First & Second Rounds (36) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., continuous play for second 18
Tuesday, March 6: Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
Michigan's five-member starting group at the 2012 Hurricane Invitational includes: senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS),freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and junior Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep [Fla.]). Freshman Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) will compete as Michigan's individual.

Third Trip to the Sunshine State
Michigan will make its third trip to Florida for an event this spring. The Wolverines opened the season heading to Naples, Fla., for pre-spring training and their alumni match on Jan. 28 before heading to the Central District Classic, Feb. 20-21, in Parrish, Fla. U-M closed tied for 14th at the event. This week U-M plays at the Hurricane Invitational (March 5-6) in Miami Lakes, Fla. The regular season closes with a fourth trip in Melbourne, Fla., for the Kings & Pirates Invitational (April 9-10).

Streak Continues
Yugene Lee's tie for 38th at the Central District Classic continued her streak of finishing among the top 40 in all seven events this season. Lee highlighted the season with four top-25 individual finishes during the fall season, including three top-15 finishes -- medalist runner-up at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tying for 11th at the Challenge at Onion Creek and tying for 12th at the Lady Northern. This season, Lee has dropped almost three strokes from her freshman-year average, posting a 75.81 per round.

The Starting Nod
After playing two events as an individual, Caramia Sitompul will make her first start at the Hurricane Invitational. This season, she is averaging 81.67 strokes per round. In her career, she has started 10 of 15 events.

Back in the Mix
After missing the last three events, Devon Compton will compete for the first time in the spring as an individual at the Hurricane Invitational. In the fall season, she started four events, had an average of 78.82 per round and produced two top-20 finishes, including a career-best tie for 16th at the Lady Northern.

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 seven 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 75.95 per round average.

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 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 ]

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)

Fri-Sun., March 16-18 -- at Notre Dame Clover Cup (Mesa, Ariz.)
Mon-Tue., April 9-10 -- at Kings & Pirates Invitational (Melbourne, Fla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423