Week #9: Up Next for Wolverines is Notre Dame Clover Cup

March 13, 2012

Fri-Sun., March 16-18 -- at Notre Dame Clover Cup (Mesa, Ariz.)
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Next on the Tournament Tee
After nearly two weeks of practicing and training at the Weisfeld Family Golf Center, the University of Michigan women's golf team head west to Mesa, Ariz., Friday through Sunday (March 16-18) for Notre Dame's Clover Cup. The three-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Longbow Golf Club and feature a 12-team field. The course will be set up for a par 72 and 6,209 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 12 teams in the field for the Notre Dame Clover Cup, including: Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida International, Furman, Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 15 -- Practice Round (7:30 a.m. MST, shotgun)
Friday, March 16 -- First Round (8 a.m. MST, tee times off No. 1 and 10)
Saturday, March 17 -- Second Round (8 a.m. MST, tee times off No. 1 and 10)
Sunday, March 18 -- Final Round (8 a.m. MST, shotgun)

The Tournament Lineup
Michigan's five-member starting group at the Notre Dame Clover Cup includes: sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), junior Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep [Fla.]) and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS). Sophomore Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) will compete as Michigan's individual.

Cracking the Lineup
Chelsea Pezzola will compete for the first time this season when she plays as an individual at the Notre Dame Clover Cup. She competed in five events last year and posted an 80.60 per-round average. She posted a career-best 231 tournament total in one of her two starts last season at the Challenge at Onion Creek (Nov. 1-2, 2010)

Streak Continues
Yugene Lee's tie for 37th at the Hurricane Invitational continued her streak of finishing among the top 40 in all eight 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 two strokes from her freshman year average, posting a 76.29 per round.

Getting the Starting Nod Again
After playing two events as an individual, Caramia Sitompul made her first start at the Hurricane Invitational and tied for 42nd at 240 (78-74-88). This season, she is averaging 81.11 strokes per round. With her solid play she will make her second straight start at the Notre Dame Clover Cup. In her three seasons, she has started 11 of 16 events.

Big Ten's Are Coming
The Big Ten Championships are just around the corner and this season the conference event will introduce a new twist -- a neutral site. For the first time the Big Ten's men's and women's programs will compete during the same weekend -- Friday through Sunday (April 27-29) -- as well as play at the same resort -- the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. In fact, conference event will be held in French Lick for the next three years. The men's championships will be played on the Pete Dye course, and the women's event will be held on the Donald Ross Course.

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)

Mon-Tue., April 9-10 -- at Knights & Pirates Invitational (Melbourne, Fla.)
Fri-Sun., April 27-29 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423