Week #10: U-M to Travel Back Down South for Rebel Intercollegiate

March 29, 2011

• Fri-Sun., April 1-3 -- at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)
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Next on the Tee
Closing out its regular-season schedule, the University of Michigan women's golf team will head down to Oxford, Miss., Friday through Sunday (April 1-3) for the Ole Miss' Rebel Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event will be held at the Ole Miss Golf Course and feature an 18-team field. The Ole Miss Golf Course will be set up for a par 72 and 6,351 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 18 schools participating in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate: Central Florida, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Kansas, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Murray State, Ole Miss, Rollins, SMU, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Tulane and Tulsa.

The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 31: Practice Round (7:30 a.m., shotgun)
Friday, April 1: First Round (8 a.m., tee times off No. 1 and 10)
Saturday, April 2: Second Round (8 a.m., tee times off No. 1 and 10)
Sunday, April 3: Third Round (8 a.m., shotgun)

The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverines will travel five players to the Rebel Intercollegiate with senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]) and junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) heading up the Maize and Blue squad. Filling out the rest of the lineup will be freshman Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood), freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County) and senior Jenn Cleary (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing).

Setting New Standards
Yugene Lee set a new career best with a two-under 70 in the first round of the 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.

Big Improvements
Min Yean Tan, Meagan Bauer, and Caramia Sitompul have all improved in competition from last season. After finishing her junior season with a winning percentage of 57.8 percent, Tan upped her percentage to 67.2 in her nine events this year. Bauer has a percentage of 67.6 in eight events this season, almost 20 percent better than last season's 50.9 percent. However the most improvement has come by Sitompul, whose current winning percentage is 50.6 percent in seven events, is a little more than 20 percent better than her output last season (30 percent).

Winning percentage is calculated by dividing the amount of players a individual has finished ahead of in tournaments by the amount of players an individual has faced.

Showing Consistency
As a freshman, Yugene Lee has recorded 21 rounds as a starter, with 100 percent counting towards the Wolverines' team total. Lee has six starts this season and is averaging 78.52 per round.

Shared Contribution
Michigan has shown its depth this season, with five different players leading the team in scoring in their nine events. Min Yean Tan has led the team four times this year, while Meagan Bauer finished with the team-low score twice. In addition, Yugene Lee, Alyssa Shimel and Caramia Sitompul have each led one event.

Still Sizzling in the Second Round
Through nine events, Michigan has posted the tournament-best score in the second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 304.00 per second round, nearly two shots better than the first round (305.67) and seven better than the third (310.11). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 306.59 clip per team round this season.

The Second Best of All-Time
After setting her career best with a 70 in the first round Challenge at Onion Creek, held Nov. 1-2, Min Yean Tan followed with a second-round, three-under 67, which marked the second-lowest round ever by a Wolverine. It marked the first time in Tan's career she shot below 70 and 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 (2007-10) 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 22-24 -- at Big Ten Championships (Glencoe, Ill.)
Thu-Sat., May 5-7 -- at NCAA Regional (Site TBD)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423