It's Postseason Time! Wolverines Ready for Big Tens
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Ashley Bauer
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April 19, 2010

THIS WEEK
Fri-Sun., April 23-25 -- at Big Ten Championships (Madison, Wis.)
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Next on the Tee
It's postseason time! The University of Michigan women's golf team will shift its focus towards the second season as the Wolverines travel to Madison, Wis., Friday through Sunday (April 23-25) for the 72-hole Big Ten Championships. The conference event will be played on host Wisconsin's University Ridge Golf Course. The course will be set up for a par 72, 6,246 yards.

The Championship Field
All 11 conference schools will participate in the 2010 Big Ten Championships. In fact, nine of the 11 schools are rated among the top 100 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index -- No. 8 Purdue, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 36 Northwestern, No. 55 Indiana, No. 57 Minnesota, No. 63 Michigan, No. 64 Wisconsin, No. 127 Iowa, No. 73 Illinois and No. 135 Penn State. By virtue of each Big Ten teams ranking, it will reflect its seeding for the championships' opening round.

The Championship Schedule
Thursday, April 22 -- Registration and Practice Round
Friday, April 23 -- First & Second Round (36) -- 8 a.m., tee times and 12:30 p.m. tee times
Saturday, April 24 -- Third Round (18) -- 9 a.m., tee times
Sunday, April 15 -- Final Round (18) -- 8 a.m., tee times

First Day Championship Pairings
No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 2 seed Michigan State -- Tee #1, 8 to 8:38 a.m. CST
No. 3 seed Ohio State, No. 4 seed Northwestern -- Tee #1, 8:45 to 9:22 a.m. CST
No. 5 seed Indiana, No. 6 seed Minnesota -- Tee #1, 9:30 to 10:08 a.m. CST
No. 7 seed Michigan, No. 8 seed Wisconsin -- Tee #10, 8 to 8:38 a.m. CST
No. 9 seed Iowa, No. 10 seed Illinois, No. 11 seed Penn State -- Tee #10, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The Championship Lineup
Michigan will travel a six-player team to the 2010 Big Ten Championships. Heading up the squad will be senior captain Ashley Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) and senior Andrea Ratigan (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino HS). Junior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]), sophomore Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), junior Katelin Davis (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) and freshman Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Fla.]) round out the Wolverines Big Ten squad.

Championship Experience
Ashley Bauer -- fourth appearance: 2009 (11th, 313); 2008 (t-10th, 301); 2007 (t-33rd, 318)
Andrea Ratigan -- third appearance: 2008 (t-45th, 317); 2007 (t-64th, 342)
Min Yean Tan -- third appearance: 2009 (t-27th, 322); 2008 (t-19th, 305)
Meagan Bauer -- second appearance: 2009 (55th, 335)
Katelin Davis -- first Big Ten Championships
Caramia Sitompul -- first Big Ten Championships

The Championship Course Fall Preview
After battling winds, rains and even a day-one suspension of the second round, Michigan closed the 2009 Lady Northern Invitational -- a preview of the 2010 Big Ten Championship site -- with a 920 team total (308-300-312) to close 10th in the 15-team field. Ashley Bauer finished as the top Wolverines, closing 11th with a 222 total. An additional three Wolverines gave U-M four among the top 50 individually in the 89-player field as Min Yean Tan tied for 37th at 232 (79-74-79), Meagan Bauer tied for 42nd at 233 (77-78-78) and Andrea Ratigan tied for 46th at 236 (79-74-83). Katelin Davis and Caramia Sitompul rounded out the Wolverine starters as Davis tied for 66th at 240 (80-80-80) and Sitompul tied for 87th at 252 (84-82-86) in her first collegiate event.

Score Just Keep Falling
In a quick analysis of the Michigan statistics, every Wolverine that has competed in an event this season is averaging a career best for a per-round score. Ashley Bauer's average of 73.07 is currently holding pace as the best single-season score in school history (Amy Schmucker, 75.03). Meagan Bauer has shown the most improvement as she has dropped nearly four and a half strokes from her first season to her second (81.00 to 76.63). The remainder of the list is also impressive -- Andrea Ratigan, nearly a stroke (77.88 to 77.00); Katelin Davis, nearly two strokes (82.08 to 80.26); Min Yean Tan, nearly a stroke and a half (77.62 to 76.03); Jenn Cleary, nearly two strokes (84.33 to 82.11) and Caramia Sitompul, 80.50 in her first season.

Longevity Continues
After her expected start at the Big Ten Championship, Ashley Bauer has yet to miss a tournament in her career, playing in 46 straight events. Bauer is one of two Wolverines with consecutive-event streaks along with Min Yean Tan, who has played in 34 straight events in her three seasons. The U-M record for consecutive events played is held by Laura Olin (2002-05), who started 50 consecutive events.

Model of Consistency
Ashley Bauer, who has never missed a U-M event, continues to be the 'model of consistency' for the Wolverines. Her current career average of 75.73 is the best for any golfer in U-M history. In 46 career events, she has posted 27 top-20 finishes with 19 in the top 10 and nine in the top five. Bauer has won two collegiate events in her career -- the 2008 Wolverine Invitational and the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational.

Well on Her Away to Setting the Best All-Time
Through 10 events this season, Ashley Bauer has been on fire, averaging 73.07 per round. That current mark is just over two strokes better than Amy Schmucker's school record of 75.03 set during the 2005-06 season. So far this season, Bauer has posted nine par-or-better rounds, with a U-M record-tying 68 three times.

Give Her Four on the Record Board
After shooting back-to-back rounds of three-under 68, Ashley Bauer posted her third and fourth time equaling U-M's all-time single round. Of the five members of U-M's "68" Club, Bauer is the only Wolverine to post multiple record rounds -- four of them. In addition to Bauer, Kim Benedict (2000-03), Laura Olin (2002-05), Amy Schmucker (2003-06) and LeAnna Wicks (1999-2002) have shot the U-M record round of 68.

Add One More School Record
Ashley Bauer's four-under 209 54-hole tally at the Rio Verde Invitational was not only a career-best total but set a new U-M record for a 54-hole event. Bauer's tally at Quail Run topped the prior record of 212 held by Bauer (2007 Mountain View Challenge) and Kim Benedict (2000-03, 2001 Shootout at the Legends). In her career, Bauer holds U-M records for 18-, 36- and 54-hole tournament scores, lowest single-round tally (68), all-time career scoring record, and is on pace to set the single-season U-M scoring record.

Oh So Close Once, and then Again
Twice this season, Ashley Bauer closed as the individual runner-up in a tournament -- just one shot away from medalist honors. To open the season, Bauer closed a shot behind James Madison's Nicole Sakamoto for the Mary Fossum Invitational title, and finished one shot behind Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc for the Windy City Collegiate title.

Picking Up Her Final Season of Play
After closing the fall season shooting a career-best 70, leading her to a career-best 216 54-hole tournament total at the Challenge at Onion Creek, Andrea Ratigan has continued to be a mainstay in the U-M lineup throughout the spring. At the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate, she posted her first career top-five finish after tying for third with a 220 tally. She has started all 10 events in her final season and is averaging a career-best 77.00 strokes per round.

Topping Big Sis
As Ashley Bauer continues to have a record-setting senior year, little sister Meagan put a stop to at least one streak. By virtue of Meagan's tie 23rd at the 2010 Mountain View Challenge, she snapped Ashley's 13-tournament streak of leading U-M at an event. Meagan has started all 10 events this season and has posted a career-best 76.63 scoring average, topping last year's by nearly four and a half strokes (81.00).

Let's Change the Career Best Again
Five times this season, Meagan Bauer has set or tied her career best for a 54-hole tournament total. Bauer's 223 tally at the 2010 Lady Puerto Rico Classic gave her a fifth-best tally this season. In addition, Bauer fired a career-best single-round tally with a one-under 71 at the Mary Fossum. For the season, she is averaging 229.90 per 54-hole event.

Nice Way to Close the Regular Season
Min Yean Tan set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with her 218 (72-71-75) in the final regular-season event at the Indiana Invitational, which helped her finish third and set a new career-best individual finish. She bettered her previous career best of 221 (72-74-75), which put her tied for fourth at the 2008 Windy City Collegiate. She has yet to miss a start in her career (34 straight), and is averaging a career-best 76.03 strokes per round this season.

Red Rounds Equal Career Best Marks
Min Yean Tan tied her career-best single-round score with a one-under 71 in the second round of the Indiana Invitational. It marked fourth time this season she has fired the career-best mark. She had back-to-back 71s in the first and second round of the 2009 Windy City Classic and also had a 71 in the second round of the 2010 Mountain View Challenge.

Two Making Their Debut
Katelin Davis and Caramia Sitompul will play in their first Big Ten Championships. Davis, a junior, has started nine of 10 events this season and is averaging a career-best 80.26 strokes per round, while Sitompul, a freshman, has played in two events this season with one start. In her last outing -- at the Indiana invitational -- she crushed her career-best 54-hole total of 252 with a 231. Along the way, she posted a career-best 75 in the first round, topping her prior best of 82 she had in the second round of the 2009 Lady Northern Invitational.

U-M Garners First Team Win for Rookie Coach
Michigan's team title at the Rio Verde Invitational gives U-M head coach Cheryl Stacy her first team victory in her first season in charge of the Maize and Blue. With the team victory at the Rio Verde Invitational, Michigan has 31 tournament titles in the history of the program. Of those 31 titles, 12 have been won during the last seven years. In addition, Michigan's victory at the Rio Verde Invitational marked the second time the Wolverines have won the event. In addition to the 2010 title, U-M won the 2005 event with a 900 (303-301-296) tally. U-M becomes the first team to ever win Rio Verde Invitational twice in the tournament's history

Sister Act, Part 3
During the 2007-08 season, the Wolverines had the Davis sisters, Lindsay and Katelin, on the roster. After Lindsay graduated, the sisterly act continued as Ashley Bauer welcomed her younger sister, Meagan, to the team last year.
Now in 2009-10, the Bauer's added yet another sister, Shana, to give them three on the roster.

All In the Family
In addition to all three Bauer sisters on the roster, newcomer Caramia Sitompul also has a family pairing at U-M. Her brother, Alexander, is a junior with the men's program and earned All-America honorable mention last year after helping U-M to a national semifinalist finish.

The Maize and Blue Postseason Resume
Michigan has been represented in NCAA regional competition by the U-M team or an individual in seven of the last nine seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07 and '09. Laura Olin (2004) and Amy Schmucker (2006) 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 appearance, 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.

PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTABLES

Senior Ashley Bauer
• Started 46 straight tournaments, has not missed a tournament in career
• Finished as the top Wolverine in 27 of the 46 career events
• Posted 27 top-20, 19 top-10 and nine top-five finishes in 44 career events
• Season Stroke Average: 73.07, currently ranks as lowest all-time at U-M
• Holds U-M records for singl-round score (tied), 18-hole, 36-hole (tied) and 54-hole tournament totals
• 2009 All-Big Ten second team, ninth Wolverine to earn the honor
• Helped U-M to two NCAA regional team selections in three years
• Helped U-M to five team titles during career
• Two-time medalist -- 2008 Wolverine Invitational, 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate
• Two-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week
• Two-time team captain
• Closing final season playing with sisters, Meagan (sophomore) and Shana (freshman)
• Career Stroke Average: 75.73, currently ranking as U-M's all-time leader
• Shot a career-best and U-M record-tying 68, four times -- first round of the 2008 Wolverine Invitational, second round of the 2009 Mary Fossum Invitational and first and second rounds of the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate, tying the U-M record for single round tally and becoming fifth member of U-M's 68 Club
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 68 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational (U-M record) ... 36-hole tournament total - 148 (74-74) at the 2007 Indiana Invitational (tied for U-M record) ... 54-hole tournament total - 209 (68-68-73) at the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate (U-M record), (71-72-69) at the 2009 Windy City Collegiate and (70-71-71) at the 2009 Challenge at Onion Creek (tied for U-M record) ... 72-hole tournament - 301 (74-76-77-74) at the 2008 Big Ten Championships

Senior Andrea Ratigan
• Played in 33 career tournaments, with 29 starts
• Season Stroke Average: 77.00, currently on career-best pace
• Helped U-M to two NCAA regional team selections in three years
• Helped U-M to five team titles during career
• Career Stroke Average: 78.46
• Shot a career-best 70 in the third round of the 2009 Challenge at Onion Creek
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 74 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational ... 36-hole tournament total - 154 (80-74) at the 2007 Indiana Invitational ... 54-hole tournament total - 216 (71-75-70) at the 2009 Challenge at Onion Creek ... 72-hole tournament - 317 (76-81-75-85) at the 2008 Big Ten Championships

Junior Katelin Davis
• Played in 16 career tournaments, with 11 starts
• Season Stroke Average: 80.26, currently on a career-best pace
• Helped U-M to seventh NCAA Regional team appearance in 2009
• Helped U-M to three team titles during career
• Sister, Lindsay, was a four-year letterwinner (2005-08) and former captain at U-M
• Father, Doug, was a four-year letterwinner (1975-78) at U-M and a 1978 All-Big Ten selection
• Career Stroke Average: 81.31
• Shot a career-best 74 in the first round of the 2008 Challenge at Wolfdancer
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 76 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational ... 36-hole tournament total - 165 (79-86) at the 2009 Red Rocks Invitational ... 54-hole tournament total - 234 (78-78-78) at 2009 Challenge at Onion Creek ... 72-hole tournament - none

Junior Louisa Shu
• Played in 19 tournaments, with 13 starts
• Season Stroke Average: 78.33
• Helped U-M to seventh NCAA Regional team appearance in 2009
• Helped U-M to three team titles during career
• Career Stoke Average: 79.89
• Shot a career-best 73 two times, second and third round of 2008 Landfall Tradition
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 77 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational ... 36-hole tournament total - 156 (79-77) at the 2009 Red Rocks Invitational ... 54-hole tournament total - 230 (84-73-73) - 2008 Landfall Tradition ... 72-hole tournament - 321 (80-78-81-82) at 2008 Big Ten Championships

Junior Min Yean Tan
• Started 34 straight tournaments, has not missed a tournament in career
• Season Stroke Average: 76.33, currently on a career-best pace
• Helped U-M to seventh NCAA Regional team appearance in 2009
• Helped U-M to three team titles during career
• Career Stoke Average: 77.57
• Shot a career-best one-under 71, four times -- second round of the 2010 Indiana Invitational, first and second round of the 2009 Windy City Collegiate and second round of the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 80 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational ... 36-hole tournament total - 157 (75-82) at the 2009 Red Rocks Invitational ... 54-hole tournament total - 218 (72-71-75) at the 2010 Indiana Invitational ... 72-hole tournament - 305 (74-75-77-79) at 2008 Big Ten Championships

Junior/Sophomore Jenn Cleary
• Played in five tournaments, with one start
• Season Stroke Average: 82.11
• Walked onto Wolverines following 2008 fall tryouts
• Made collegiate debut as individual at 2008 Wolverine Invitational, tying for 65th
• Helped U-M to seventh NCAA Regional team appearance in 2009
• Helped U-M to three team titles during career
• Career Stoke Average: 82.67
• Shot a career-best 78 in the first round at the 2009 Windy City Collegiate
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 86 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational ... 36-hole tournament total - 167 (82-85) at the 2009 Red Rocks Invitational ... 54-hole tournament total - 242 (78-81-83) at 2009 Windy City Collegiate ... 72-hole tournament - none

Sophomore Meagan Bauer
• Played in 15 tournaments, with 14 starts
• Started her last 10 straight events
• Season Stroke Average: 76.63, currently on a career-best pace
• Helped U-M to seventh NCAA Regional team appearance in 2009
• Helped U-M to three team titles during career
• Playing second season playing with sisters, Ashley (senior) and Shana (freshman)
• Career Stoke Average: 77.95
• Shot a career-best one-under 71 in the third round of the 2009 Mary Fossum Invitational
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - 76 at the 2008 Wolverine Invitational ... 36-hole tournament total - 160 (82-78) at the 2009 Red Rocks Invitational ... 54-hole tournament total - 223 (72-73-78) at the 2010 Lady Puerto Rico Classic... 72-hole tournament - 335 (90-77-85-83) at 2009 Big Ten Championships

Freshman Shana Bauer
• One of two newcomers, played prep at Bradenton Prep Academy
• Playing first season playing with sisters, Ashley (senior) and Meagan (sophomore)
• Division 1 All-State first team (Fall 2007, 2008), second team (Spring 2007)
• Two-time member of Division 1 State Champion Team (2006, Fall 2007)
• Three-time Big Nine Champion Team (2006, spring 2007, Fall 2007)
• All Big-Nine first team (spring 2007, fall 2007, 2008)

Freshman Caramia Sitompul
• One of two newcomers, played prep at Bradenton Prep Academy
• Played in two tournaments, with one start
• Made collegiate debut, and first career start, at the 2009 Lady Northern Invitational, tying for 87th
• Started at the Indiana Invitational, tying for 38th
• Shot a career-best 75 in the first round of the 2010 Indiana Invitational
• Career Tournament Bests: 18-hole tournament - none ... 36-hole tournament total - none... 54-hole tournament total - 231 (75-80-76) at 2010 Indiana Invitational ... 72-hole tournament - none
• Brother, Alexander, is a junior on the U-M men's golf team
• Enrolled in U-M's School of Art and Design

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thu-Sat., May 6-8 -- at NCAA Regional (Site TBD)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423