This Week in Michigan Women's Golf: Clover Cup Invitational

March 5, 2013

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Fri-Sun., March 8-10 -- at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team is off to Arizona for its spring break training trip. Following five days of practice and playing, the Wolverines will close the week playing in Notre Dame's Clover Cup Invitational, Friday through Sunday (March 8-10) at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. The 54-hole event will feature an 18-team field. The Longbow Club will be set up for a par 72 at 6,209 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 18 teams in the field for the 2013 Florida State Match Up event, including Cincinnati, Colorado, Denver, Florida International, Furman, Georgetown, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 7 -- Practice Round, 7:30 a.m. MST (shotgun), College AM, 12:30 p.m. MST
Friday, March 8 -- First Round (18) begins with tee times at 8 a.m. MST off No. 1 and No. 10
Saturday, March 9 -- Second Round (18) begins with tee times at 8 a.m. MST off No. 1 and No. 10
Sunday, March 10 -- Final Round (18) begins with shotgun at 8 a.m. MST

The Wolverine Lineup
With the entire roster on the spring break trip, the Wolverines coaches will use the practice and playing rounds to determine U-M's five starters. The lineup will be decided among junior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), junior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep), junior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), junior Alicia Weber (Northville, Mich./Northville HS), sophomore Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS), sophomore Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS), freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) and freshman Ella Pendy (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Point South HS).


• During the Wolverines' spring break trip, they play and practice at the Longbow Golf Club, Whisper Rock and Desert Mountain -- which also had a visit from U-M athletic director Dave Brandon.

• In addition to the golf on spring break, Michigan had team nights of taking in a Chicago Cubs/San Francisco Giants Spring Training game (March 2) and a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game (March 4).

• Michigan is playing in Notre Dame's Clover Cup for the second straight season. U-M was 10th last season and led by Alyssa Shimel and Linda Luo as they both tied for 28th individually. [ Recap ]

Lauren Grogan and Linda Luo are the only Wolverines who have started all six events this season. They are expected to make their seventh starts at the Clover Cup Invitational.

Linda Luo has four top-20 individual finishes in six events this season. She was third at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 15-16), tied for sixth at the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 22-23), tied for 15th at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 28-29) and tied for 18th at the FSU Match Up Invitational (Feb. 15-17).

Linda Luo leads U-M with a 75.67 per-round average, which is nearly a stroke and a half better from her freshman season (77.17). Lauren Grogan is second on U-M with a 77.06 scoring average, almost two strokes better than her freshman season (78.73).

• Michigan has two top-five team finishes, including tying for the team title at the Wolverine Invitational held at the U-M Golf Course and tying for fourth at the Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Alicia Weber captured her first career medalist honor by winning the Wolverine Invitational, playing as an individual. A transfer from Cal Poly, Weber posted her prior best finish as runner-up at the 2010 Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational.

• With the win at the Wolverine Invitational, Michigan recorded its 32nd team title in program history and second under head coach Cheryl Stacy. In 28 women's golf events played on the U-M Golf Course, Michigan has claimed 10 team titles and nine individual titles.

• Michigan will carry nine players this season, none of which will comprise a senior class. The Wolverines will carry four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

• U-M has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 12 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.


Grogan Lauren Grogan
Columbus, Ohio

On the importance of the spring break trip ... "This week is very important because we don't have class and it gives us a chance to really focus on our games and elements that we need to work on especially leading up to a tournament. So we have a week to prepare and that should only help us. This trip is also a chance for us to really relax as well and have some fun. We have plenty of down time to bond, go to the hot tub, go to the pool, we are going to a baseball game and a hockey game. So, we are really fortunate to balance work and play."

On what she is working on the most ... "I have been pretty happy with the way I have been playing but I feel like I am so close to breaking out. It is just a matter of putting all the pieces together. Like at the Florida State tournament had five or more shots within 15 feet and didn't make the putts, where in Puerto Rico a few days early I was making every putt. I really just need to get some confidence in myself and find that balance."

On what the team is working on the most ... "We just need to push each other a little bit more. We have always talked about how we have a very nice team, a very kind team. We support each other a lot, but we need to push each other a little bit more and get that edge. It starts with us. We have all put up good numbers but just not at the same time. We need to push each other to compete and when we do that, this team can really do well."

On how she has relaxed so far on the trip ... "There really haven't been that many cannonballs in the pool, but I have spent some time in the hot tub. We have had some fun events, but pool as a waterfall in it and I think it has been calling my name. So there is some free time and I think I might go introduce myself."

On if there is anything else we need to know about her ... "I am pretty wide open as a person. I love to play practical jokes. We posted noted coach Cashman's car a while ago. She was pretty thrilled with that. I still have a few things up my sleeves because it has been a while since Alyssa (Shimel) and I have done anything."

On revealing she is not the only prankster on the team ... "Yea, well, Alyssa is my partner in crime. We are commonly the ones that cause the trouble. We did agree that we won't get each other. So, we are protected just a little bit."

LAST TIME OUT (Feb. 15-17)
Playing its second tournament in a six-day span, Michigan finished ninth at the Florida State Match Up Invitational with a 918 total. Linda Luo led U-M as she posted her fourth top-20 individual finish of the season, tying for 18th at 225 (76-77-72). Three other starters earned top-50 finishes as Lauren Grogan tied for 42nd (233), Alyssa Shimel tied for 45th (234) and Alicia Weber tied for 49th (235).

Sun-Tue., March 31-April 2 -- at SDSU Farms Invitational (San Diego, Calif.)
Mon-Tue., April 8-9 -- at Marsh Landing Invitational (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423