April 19, 2011
Next on the Tee
It's postseason time! With the end of the regular-season schedule at hand, the University of Michigan women's golf team will shift its focus towards the second season as the Wolverines travel to Glencoe, Ill., Friday through Sunday (April 21-24) for the 72-hole Big Ten Championships. The conference event will be played on host Northwestern's Lake Shore Country Club. The course will be set up for a par 72, 6,303 yards.
The Championship Field
All 11 conference schools will participate in the 2011 Big Ten Championships. In fact, what a field it will be with 10 of the 11 schools rated among the top 75 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index -- No. 121 Iowa, No. 60 Illinois, No. 70 Indiana, No. 65 Michigan, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 40 Minnesota, No. 38 Northwestern, No. 31 Ohio State, No. 75 Penn State, No. 4 Purdue and No. 54 Wisconsin. By virtue of each Big Ten teams ranking, it will reflect its seeding for the championship opening rounds.
The Championship First Day Pairings
No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 2 seed Michigan State
No. 3 seed Ohio State, No. 4 seed Northwestern
No. 5 seed Minnesota, No. 6 seed Wisconsin
No. 7 seed Illinois, No. 8 seed Michigan
No. 9 seed Indiana, No. 10 seed Penn State, No. 11 seed Iowa
The Championship Schedule
Thursday, April 21 -- Registration and Practice Round (8:45 a.m. CDT), Banquet (6:30 p.m. CDT)
Friday, April 22 -- First & Second Round (36) -- 8 a.m. CDT, tee times and 12:30 p.m. tee times
Saturday, April 23 -- Third Round (18) -- 9 a.m. CDT, tee times
Sunday, April 24 -- Final Round (18) -- 8 a.m. CDT, tee times
The Championship Lineup
Michigan will travel a six-player team to the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Heading to the conference event will be senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]), junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County), freshman Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood), sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]) and senior Louisa Shu (West Bloomfield, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm).
Min Yean Tan -- fourth appearance: 2010 (t-30th, 307), 2009 (t-27th, 322); 2008 (t-19th, 305)
Meagan Bauer -- third appearance: 2010 (t-50th, 318), 2009 (55th, 335)
Louis Shu -- second appearance: 2008 (t-49th, 321)
Caramia Sitompul -- second appearance: 2010 (66th, 336)
Alyssa Shimel -- first appearance
Yugene Lee -- first appearance
In the traditional fall conference championship preview, Michigan closed 12th with a 921 total at the Lady Northern Invitational, held Oct. 11-12 at the Lake Shore Country Club. The Wolverines, who closed with team tallies of 306, 206 and 309, were led by Min Yean Tan's tie for 13th place finish (220). Meagan Bauer tied for 34th at 228, while Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee each tied for 62nd at 239.
Championship Change is Coming in 2012
Northwestern will be the last team to host the conference championship, after the Big Ten announced the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., will host both the men's and women's events from 2012-14. It will mark the first time that both the men and women will compete at the same time and on a neutral site.
The Lead Wolverines
Min Yean Tan and Meagan Bauer have led the Wolverines all season long. The duo is neck and neck in the scoring average race as Tan is slightly ahead of Bauer, 76.17-76.19. Tan has started all 10 events and has two top-10 finishes, while Bauer has nine starts with three top-20 finishes.
Michigan has shown its depth this season, with five different players leading the team in scoring in their 10 events. Min Yean Tan has led the team five times this year, while Meagan Bauer finished with the team-low score three times. In addition, Yugene Lee, Alyssa Shimel, and Caramia Sitompul have each led one event.
The Second Best of All-Time
After setting her career best with a 70 in the first round Challenge at Onion Creek, played 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 is the Tan has a round below 70 and marked 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.
Starting in eight of nine events, Yugene Lee has continued to gain valuable experience this year. As a freshman, Lee has recorded 24 rounds as a starter, with 100 percent counting towards the Wolverines' team total. Lee is averaging 77.81 per round and has posted two top-20 finishes in her last three events -- including a career-best tie for sixth at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational.
In her first season, Alyssa Shimel has been nothing but consistent. She is averaging 78.07 per round, but it has been her consistency during 54-hole events that has been helpful to U-M. Being one of two Wolverines to start all 10 events, Shimel has eight tournaments with a final tally between 230-to-235 -- including four events with a 233 total. For the season, she averages 234.20 per 54-hole event.
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.
Still Sizzling in the Second Round
Through 10 events, Michigan posted the tournament-best score in the second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 303.70 per second round, nearly two shots better than the first round (305.30) and six better than the third (309.60). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 306.20 clip per team round this season.
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.
Thu-Sat., May 5-7 -- at NCAA Regional (Site TBD)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423