April 6, 2012
Mon-Tue., April 9-10 -- at Knights & Pirates Invitational (Melbourne, Fla.)
Next on the Tournament Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team will close its regular season heading to Melbourne, Fla., Monday and Tuesday (April 9-10) as the Wolverines will be part of the 14-team field at the 2012 Knights & Pirates Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Suntree Country Club. The course will be set up for a par 72 and 6,133 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 14 teams in the field for the Knights & Pirates Invitational, including: Boston College, Central Florida, East Carolina, Florida International, Furman, Georgia State, Illinois, James Madison, Kansas, Michigan, Purdue, South Florida, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.
The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, April 8: Practice Round (1 p.m., shotgun)
Monday, April 9: First & Second Rounds (36), shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., continuous play for second 18
Tuesday, April 10: Final Round (18), shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
The Tournament Lineup
Michigan's five-member starting group at the Knights & Pirates Invitational includes: sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS). Sophomore Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) will compete as Michigan's individual.
Heading to the Sunshine State Again
For the third time in five spring events, Michigan will play in the state of Florida. Earlier this spring, the Wolverines tied for 14th at the Central District Classic (Parrish, Fla.) and had a seventh-place finish at the Hurricane Invitational (Miami Lakes, Fla.).
Yugene Lee's tie for 36th at the Notre Dame Clove Cup continued her streak of finishing among the top 40 in all nine events this season. Lee highlighted the season with four top-25 individual finishes during the fall season, including three top-15 finishes -- medalist runner-up at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tying for 11th at the Challenge at Onion Creek and tying for 12th at the Lady Northern. This season, Lee has dropped almost two strokes from her freshman year average, posting a 76.48 per round.
Cracking the Lineup, Again
Chelsea Pezzola will compete for the second time this season when she plays as an individual at the Knights & Pirates Invitational. She competed in five events last year and posted an 80.60 per-round average. She posted a career-best 231 tournament total in one of her two starts last season at the Challenge at Onion Creek (Nov. 1-2, 2010).
Making the Most of Her Time on the Course
Newcomer Linda Luo has started six of her seven events this season and ranks second on the Wolverines with a 76.95 per-round average, including a career-best one-under 69 in the first round of the Challenge at Onion Creek -- becoming the 12th Wolverine ever to record a single tournament round below 70. In addition, her 230.86 54-hole tournament average ranks second on the U-M squad, trailing Yugene Lee's 229.44.
Back in the Mix
Lauren Grogan returns to the lineup after not traveling to the Notre Dame Clover Cup. In her first season, she has started six of seven events and holds a single-round average of 79.33. In her three spring events, she has been consistent, closing with an ending tally of 242 in each event. Grogan posted a career-best 221 total in the fall finale -- the Challenge at Onion Creek.
Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel have started all nine events this season. In fact, Bauer has started her last 31, while Shimel has not missed a start in her two seasons, a string of 21 straight. Lee has started 19 of her 20 career events.
Big Ten's Are Coming
The Big Ten Championships are just around the corner and this season the conference event will introduce a new twist -- a neutral site. For the first time the Big Ten's men's and women's programs will compete during the same weekend -- Friday through Sunday (April 27-29) -- as well as play at the same resort -- the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. In fact, conference event will be held in French Lick for the next three years. The men's championships will be played on the Pete Dye course, and the women's event will be held on the Donald Ross Course.
Breaking Through with Individual Title
Meagan Bauer's medalist honor at the Lady Northern marked the 26th overall time a U-M player has won an individual title and is the first for a Wolverine since the 2009-10. The last Wolverine to win an individual title was Meagan's sister, Ashley (2007-10), who won the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. Meagan and her sister Ashley are the first sisters to win individual titles in Michigan history.
The NCAA Postseason a Regular Occurrence
Michigan has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in nine of the last 11 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09 and now '11. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) made central regional appearances as individuals. Below is a look at how the Wolverines have fared during NCAA postseason action:
Michigan in the NCAA Postseason
2001, East Regional - 12th of 21 (308-308-309/925) - program's first invitation
2002, Central Regional - 6th of 21 (313-322-294/929) - program's first advancement to NCAA Finals
2002, NCAA Finals - 17th of 24 (301-299-299-300/1199)
2004, Central Regional - Laura Olin, individual, t-17th (75-76-78/229)
2005, Central Regional - 15th of 21 (301-320-305/926)
2006, Central Regional - Amy Schmucker, individual, t-71st (80-82-78/240)
2007, Central Regional - 13th of 21 (311-305-310/926) - hosted at U-M Golf Course
2009, Central Regional - 17th of 21 (312-321-327/960)
2010, Central Regional - Ashley Bauer, individual, t-76th (78-87-80/245)
2011, Central Regional - 18th of 24 (316-307-315/938)
Fri-Sun., April 27-29 -- at Big Ten Championships (French Lick, Ind.)
Thu-Sat., May 10-12 -- at NCAA Regional
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423