This Week in Women's Golf: Hoya Invitational

March 27, 2014

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Mon-Tue., March 31-April 1 -- at Hoya Invitational (Beallsville, Md.)

Next on the Tee: Hoya Invitational
In its third tournament action of the spring season, the University of Michigan women's golf team will travel to Beallsville, Md., for the Hoya Invitational, which is slated for Monday and Tuesday (March 31-April 1). The two-day, 54-hole event will feature a 16-team field playing at The Members Club at Four Streams. Scoring for the Invitational will be five players, count the low four scores for each round playing in threesomes. The course will be set up for a par of 72 at 6,127 yards.

The Tournament Field
The Hoya Invitational will feature a 16-team field, including Fairleigh Dickson, Georgetown, Hofstra, Illinois State, Lehigh, Marshall, Michigan, Navy, Nova Southeastern, Penn, Sacred Heart, Seton Hall, St. John's (New York), Wagner, Yale and Youngstown State.

The Tournament Schedule
Monday, March 31 -- First and Second Rounds (36), 9 a.m. tee time (shotgun start)
Tuesday, April 1 -- Final Round (18), 9 a.m. tee time (shotgun start)

The Tournament Lineup
U-M will travel a five-player lineup. Starting for Michigan will be freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS), junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS), senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) and senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS).


• Michigan will compete in the Hoya Invitational for the first time in program history. U-M's participation at the tournament is a change to its original schedule -- the Wolverines were initially slated to compete at an event at San Diego State University.

• In U-M's last event, the Clover Cup Invitational, Grace Choi set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with her 214 total, shaving 10 strokes off her previous best of 224, which she set at the Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club River Course (Feb. 16-18). Her first-round score of 69 was a career-best for 18 holes.

Grace Choi earned her second consecutive top-25 finish at the Clover Cup Invitational, where she tied for second, marking her first career top-five finish. Choi has now racked up three of Michigan's seven top-25 finishes this season, tied with Lauren Grogan for most among Wolverine players, after tying for 24th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18) and tying for 20th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28).

Grace Choi has now set 54-hole personal bests and recorded a top-25 finish in three of her last four events: at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28; 225 total; tie-20th place), at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18; 224 total; tie-24th place) and at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16; 214 total; tie-2nd place).

• U-M's other four top-25 finishes have come from Lauren Grogan (three) and Alyssa Shimel (one). Grogan also accomplished the feat in back-to-back events when she tied for 25th at the Mercedez-Benz Collegiate Championship (Sept. 20-22) and then earned 19th place at the Challenge at Onion Creek (Sept. 30-Oct. 1). She also tied for 23rd at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16), and Shimel tied for 19th place at the Hurricane Invitational (March 3-5).

• 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 heading into the Hoya Invitational.

Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee are U-M's most experienced players with 36 career events each. Shimel has started all 36 of her career events, while Lee has totaled 33 starts thus far.

• 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) in the fall finale.

Grace Choi continues to improve with each closing round as she averages 75.29 in the first round and 76.14 in the second round before closing strong with 74.33 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 76.65 per round.

U-M posted an 896 team total (298-300-298) to tie for fourth place out of 15 competing teams at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16), held at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. The Wolverines were led by the first career top-five finish from Grace Choi, who set career-low 18-hole (69) and 54-hole (214) scores en route to her tie-second place. Lauren Grogan also earned a top-25 finish, her third of the season, by tying for 23rd place with a 226 total. Finishing behind Choi and Grogan, Catherine Peters tied for 42nd place, while Alyssa Shimel tied for 58th, and Yugene Lee tied for 64th place.

Mon-Tues., April 7-8 -- at Marsh Landing Invitational (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Fri-Sun., April 25-27 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)