Week #9: U-M to Make First Appearance in John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate

March 16, 2011

• Mon-Tue., March 21-22 -- at John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate (Stockbridge, Ga.)
No Live Scoring

Next on the Tee
Fresh off its spring break trip, the University of Michigan women's golf team continues its regular season with a trip to Stockbridge, Ga., making its first appearance in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event, held Monday and Tuesday (March 21-22) at Eagle's Landing Country Club, will feature a 14 team field -- hosted by Georgia State. Eagle's Landing will be set up for a par 72 and 6,047 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 14 schools participating in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate: Arkansas State, Daytona State College, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, James Madison, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, No. 21 Notre Dame, UCF, Western Carolina, Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, March 20: Practice Round (tee times throughout day)
Monday, March 21: First & Second Rounds (36) begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., continuous play for second 18
Tuesday, March 22: Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverines will travel six players to the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate, with 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.) as the starting five. Freshman Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) will travel as an invited individual.

Looking to Take Down Defending Champs
Michigan will make its first-ever appearance at the annual John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate. The Wolverines look to take down the 2010 defending tournament champion, Georgia State. The host school has topped the field in the event the past three seasons while producing the tournament medalist the past two.

Setting New Standards
Yugene Lee set a new career best with a two-under 70 in the first round of last week's Rio Verde Invitational. It marked her first career sub-par round and topped her prior best 73, which she fired in the first round of the Challenge at Onion Creek. With that round, she also set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament total of 224, seven shots better than her previous total of 231 at the Challenge at Onion Creek.

Still Sizzling in the Second Round
Through eight events, the Wolverines have posted the tournament-best score in the second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 303.63 per second round, nearly three shots better than the first round (306.50) and nearly seven better than the third (310.13). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 306.75 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.

Fri-Sun., April 1-3 -- at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)
Fri-Sun., April 22-24 -- at Big Ten Championships (Glencoe, Ill.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423