April 5, 2014
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Mon-Tue., April 7-8 -- at Web.com Intercollegiate (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Next on the Tee: Web.com Intercollegiate
In its final tournament action of the regular season, the University of Michigan women's golf team will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Web.com Intercollegiate, which is slated for Monday and Tuesday (April 7-8). The two-day, 54-hole event will feature 18 schools playing at Marsh Landing Country Club. 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 5,976 yards.
The Tournament Field
The Web.com Intercollegiate will feature teams from 18 schools, including Central Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida International, Florida State, Illinois, James Madison, Louisville, Maryland, McNeese State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Florida, Ohio State, Sam Houston State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Toledo. Ohio State, Minnesota, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Florida International will each have a B team also competing in the field. Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida are tournament hosts.
The Tournament Schedule
Monday, April 7 -- First and Second Rounds (36), 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start)
Tuesday, April 8 -- Final Round (18), 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start)
The Tournament Lineup
U-M will travel five players to Jacksonville for the event. Starting for Michigan will be junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS), senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) and sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS).
Michigan closes its regular season with the Web.com Intercollegiate in Jacksonville, Fla., for the second straight year. When the Maize and Blue played in the tournament one year ago, the event was called the Marsh Landing Invitational, after Marsh Landing Country Club, where the event will be played.
In its last event, the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1), the Maize and Blue finished with all five competing players in the top 25 of the tournament field, including three Wolverines among the top 10 and a pair in the top five. Prior to that, U-M players had totaled one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes all season.
Lauren Grogan and Grace Choi have combined for eight of the 12 top-25 finishes by U-M players this season. Grogan tied for 20th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28), tied for 24th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18) and tied for 23rd at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16) before her tie for second at the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1). Choi tied for 20th, tied for 24th, tied for second, and placed fourth at the same four events.
Lauren Grogan earned the highest finish of her career, a tie for second, at the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1), which matches Grace Choi's tie for second at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16) as the highest finish by any U-M player this season. Grogan's runner-up finish marks the second top-five finish of her career and her first this season.
Grace Choi's fourth-place finish marks her third consecutive top-25 finish. Choi's two career top-five finishes have now come in back-to-back events after she tied for second place at the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16).
In the Clover Cup Invitational (March 14-16), 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 at the Clover Cup Invitational is a career best for 18 holes.
Yugene Lee set a career-best 18-hole score with her final-round 74 at the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1). With a tie for 10th place, Lee earned her first top-20 finish of the season and the ninth of her career.
Alyssa Shimel and Catherine Peters tied for 22nd place at the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1), placing all five competing Wolverines in the top 25 for the first time this season. The last time five or more U-M players placed in the top 25 of the same tournament was the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 22-23, 2012), when five players placed in the field's top 17.
Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee are U-M's most experienced players with 37 career events each. Shimel has started all 37 of her career events, while Lee has totaled 34 starts thus far.
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.
After starting 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. She has started 20 consecutive events for U-M heading into the Web.com Intercollegiate (April 7-8).
LAST TIME OUT
U-M posted a 611 team total (313-298) and featured three players in the top 10 to earn second place out of 16 teams at the Hoya Invitational (March 31-April 1), held at Four Streams Golf Course at The Members Club in Beallsville, Md. The Wolverines were led by Lauren Grogan's highest career finish, a tie for second, which came on a 150 total (75-75). Grace Choi earned fourth place behind a 151 total, giving her top-five finishes in back-to-back events for the Maize and Blue, while Yugene Lee posted a 155 total to tie for 10th, her first top-20 finish of this season. Catherine Peters and Alyssa Shimel tied for 22nd with 158 totals.
Fri-Sun., April 25-27 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Thu-Sat., May 8-10 -- at NCAA Regionals (Location TBA)
Contact: Chad Shepard