March 29, 2013
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Sun-Tue., March 31-April 2 -- at SDSU Farms Invitational (San Diego, Calif.)
Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team returns to competition and is headed to the west coast for San Diego State's Farm Invitational, Sunday through Tuesday, March 31-April 1. The 54-hole tournament will be held at the Farms Golf Club in Ranco Santa Fe, Calif., and feature a 15-team field. The Farms Club will be set up with a par 72 and 6,202 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 15 teams in the field for the 2013 SDSU Farm Invitational, including Arizona, California, Long Beach State, Miami (FL), Michigan, New Mexico, Northwestern, Pepperdine, San Diego State, South Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, UNLV and Wyoming.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, March 30 -- Practice Round, tee times off No. 1 & 11, 11 a.m. PDT
Sunday, March 31 -- First Round (18), tee times off No. 1 & 11, 8 a.m. PDT
Michigan will be paired with Northwestern and Texas A&M for the first round and will begin at 9:30 a.m. off No. 1.
Monday, April 1 -- Second Round (18), tee times off No. 1 & 11, 8 a.m. PDT
Tuesday, April 2 -- Final Round (18), tee times off No. 1 & 11, 7:30 a.m. PDT
The Wolverine Lineup
The Wolverines will have a five-member starting squad as well as an invited individual in San Diego. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be sophomore Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS), junior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), sophomore Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) and junior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS). Freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) is traveling as U-M's individual.
Michigan has two regular-season events remaining before the Big Ten Championships, which will be played at a neutral site for the second straight season -- the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.
Michigan returns to play in California for the first time since 2006 when U-M played in the Northwestern Invitational at the Westin's Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (April 3-4, 2006). The Wolverines finished seventh.
Lauren Grogan and Linda Luo are the only Wolverines who have started all seven events this season. They are expected to make their eighth starts at the SDSU Farm Invitational.
Yugene Lee returns to the starting lineup. Over the last for events, she has played as an individual in two and not competed at all in two. Devon Compton will also return to the starting five following a two-tournament break.
Linda Luo (75.62) and Lauren Grogan (76.76) lead U-M in scoring average, and one of them has finished as the top Wolverine in six of the seven events this season. In fact, the Wolverine duo has finished 1-2 for U-M in the last six straight events.
Linda Luo's current scoring average of 75.62 ranks fifth all-time for a single season.
Linda Luo has four top-20 individual finishes in seven events this season. She was third at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 15-16), tied for sixth at the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 22-23), tied for 15th at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 28-29) and tied for 18th at the FSU Match Up Invitational (Feb. 15-17).
Ella Pendy played in her second career event and posted a career-best 240 total, bettering her previous best by 19 shots. She fired three straight career-best rounds of 80.
Michigan has two top-five team finishes, including tying for the team title at the Wolverine Invitational held at the U-M Golf Course and tying for fourth at the Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Alicia Weber captured her first career medalist honor by winning the Wolverine Invitational, playing as an individual. A transfer from Cal Poly, Weber posted her prior best finish as runner-up at the 2010 Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational.
With the Michigan's win at the Wolverine Invitational, U-M recorded its 32nd team title in program history and second under head coach Cheryl Stacy. In 28 women's golf events played on the U-M Golf Course, Michigan has claimed 10 team titles and nine individual titles.
Michigan will carry nine players this season, none of which will comprise a senior class. The Wolverines will carry four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.
U-M has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 12 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
On her improved play this season ... "I am more confident because my game right now is my iron play and my putting is really good. The key though is I am used to playing college golf now. Last year, I was really insecure about my swing. Some of the times if I missed a shot I would be like 'oh my god, I need to see my swing coach.' This season I am used to the format, the weather conditions, the competition and just about everything. I was able to tell myself that I'm good, and my swing is not a big deal, so I was more consistent and more confident and hitting it better. With all my comfort I have been able to relax and really play the way I have wanted to play."
On friendly competition with Lauren Grogan ... "Lauren (Grogan) and my scores are always pretty close. I think that the closeness is good because it keeps you competitive. When a tournament is over she will always ask me how did you shoot? What did you do well? What could you have done better? So it helps me analyze my game more. We have a little competition within the competition."
On team success ... "We have a better team than we have in the past. We are getting better and building more confidence. We are playing bigger tournaments with better teams, and we need some time to get used to that to get our confidence back and shoot low again."
On goals for upcoming tournament ... "We always have a team goal each event, for instance shooting at or below 300 as a team. If everybody shoots well we can keep our goal for shooting 300, if we do that we should be in pretty good position. The San Diego tournament has really competitive teams, and it should be a great tournament for our team because we can play with stronger players and look at ourselves to see where we are strong and where they are strong."
On something we don't know about her ... "I have a dog named Eagle. It was funny, we got a German Shepherd, and I had just hit an eagle in a fall event, and my dad said you should name it Eagle. So we did."
LAST TIME OUT (Feb. 15-17)
With top-30 finishes from Lauren Grogan and Linda Luo, Michigan closed 12th at the 2013 Clover Cup Invitational at the Longbow Golf Club with a 921 total (303-307-311). Grogan tied for 24th individually to lead U-M for the third time this season after posting a 225 total (74-75-76), while Luo tied for 28th at 226 (74-73-79). [ Recap ]
Mon-Tue., April 8-9 -- at Marsh Landing Invitational (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Fri-Sun., April 26-28 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423