March 12, 2014
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Fri-Sun., March 14-16 -- at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
Next on the Tee: Clover Cup Invitational
In its third tournament action of the spring season, the University of Michigan women's golf team will travel to Mesa, Ariz., for the Clover Cup Invitational, Friday through Sunday (March 14-16). The three-day, 54-hole event will feature a 17-team field playing at Longbow Golf Club. 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 72 at 6,209 yards.
The Tournament Field
The Clover Cup Invitational will feature a 17-team field, including Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Florida International, Houston, Kennesaw State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, Mississippi, San Diego State, St. John's, Tulsa and UNLV.
The Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 14 -- First Round (18) -- 8 a.m. MST (tee times off No. 1 and No. 10)
Saturday, March 15 -- Second Round (18) -- 8 a.m. MST (tee times off No. 1 and No. 10)
Sunday, March 16 -- Final Round (18) -- 8 a.m. MST (shotgun start)
The Tournament Lineup
U-M will travel a five-player lineup. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS), junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) and senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS).
Michigan will be competing in the Clover Cup Invitational for the third straight season. Freshman Grace Choi is the only Wolverine who has not competed in the tournament, as Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee will be returning to Mesa for the third time, while Catherine Peters and Lauren Grogan are making their second trip.
Last season, Michigan placed 12th in a 16-team field at the tournament, led by top-30 finishes from Lauren Grogan (tie-24th) and Linda Luo (tie-28th). In 2011-12, U-M finished 10th of 12 teams led by Yugene Lee (tie-38th) and Alyssa Shimel (tie-47th) in the top 50.
Alyssa Shimel posted career-low 18-hole (69) and 54-hole (219) scores as part of her tie for 19th at the Hurricane Invitational last week (March 3-5). Shimel has now earned two top-25 finishes at the Hurricane Invitational. She tied for 22nd place with a 234 total when she competed in the 2012 tournament.
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 continues to lead U-M with an even 76 scoring average through six events this season.
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 continues to improve with each closing round as she typically scores 76.3 in the first round and 77 in the second round before closing with 74.4 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 76.88 per round.
Grace Choi leads the way for U-M with a pair of top-25 finishes. She tied for 24th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18) and finished 20th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point (Oct. 27-28). Lauren Grogan (19th at Challenge at Onion Creek, Sept. 30-Oct. 1) and Alyssa Shimel (tie-19th at Hurricane Invitational, March 3-5) also own top-25 finishes this season.
After starting 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. She has started 19 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 Clover Cup Invitational marks the third 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.
LAST TIME OUT
U-M placed 12th at the Hurricane Invitational held March 3-5 at Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla, behind a season-low 291 in the final round and an 895 team total. The top finishing Wolverine was Alyssa Shimel, whose career-low 69 in the final round helped her to a career-best 219 total and a tie for 19th place. Finishing behind Shimel were Grace Choi, whose 225 total tied her for 39th, Lauren Grogan (tie-45th) and Yugene Lee (tie-60th), while Catherine Peters was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard following the second round. Competing as individuals, Chelsea Pezzola tied for 87th place while Devon Compton finished 93rd. [ Recap ]
Mon-Tue., March 31-April 1 -- at Hoya Invitational (Beallsville, Md.)
Mon-Tue., April 7-8 -- at Marsh Landing Invitational (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Contact: Chad Shepard