April 19, 2017
Next on the Tee: Big Ten Championships
Postseason play is finally here! The University of Michigan women's golf team will shift its focus toward the Wolverines second season as they travel to Maineville, Ohio, Friday through Sunday (April 21-23) for the 54-hole Big Ten Championships. For the sixth straight year, the conference event will be held at a neutral site as this year's conference event will be held at TPC River's Bend. The conference tournament will be played in a 6-count-4 format with the River's Bend being set up for a par of 72 at 6,357 yards.
The Big Ten Championships Field
All 14 conference schools will participate in the 2017 Big Ten Championships. The seeding (1-14) with GolfStat relative rankings (as of April 19th) include: #1 Northwestern, #2 Purdue, #3 Ohio State, #4 Illinois, #5 Michigan, #6 Wisconsin, #7 Michigan State, #8 Maryland, #9 Penn State, #10 Minnesota, #11 Iowa, #12 Indiana, #13 Nebraska and #14 Rutgers. U-M finished 17-8 against the Big Ten during the regular season.
The Big Ten Championships Schedule
Thursday, April 20 -- Practice Round (18), 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 20 -- B1G Championship Banquet 6:45 p.m.
Friday, April 21 -- First Round (18), tee times off No. 1 and No. 10, 9:24 a.m.
Saturday, April 22 -- Second Round (18), tee times off No. 1 and No. 10, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 23 -- Final Round (18), tee times off No. 1 and No. 10, 8:30 a.m.
The Big Ten Championships
First Day Pairings
Tee #1 (8:30 a.m.) -- #7 Michigan State, #8 Maryland, #9 Penn State
Tee #1 (9:24 a.m.) -- #4 Illinois, #5 Michigan, #6 Wisconsin
Tee #1 (10:18 a.m.) -- #1 Northwestern, #2 Purdue, #3 Ohio State
Tee #10 (8:57 a.m.) -- #12 Indiana, #13 Nebraska, #14 Rutgers with Nos. 5 & 6 players of #10 Minnesota, #11 Iowa
Tee #10 (9:33 a.m.) -- #10 Minnesota, #11 Iowa with Nos. 1 & 2 players of #13 Nebraska, #14 Rutgers
Second Day Pairings
Tee #1 (8:30 a.m.) -- #7 Team, #8 Team, #9 Team
Tee #1 (9:24 a.m.) --#4 Team, #5 Team, #6 Team
Tee #1 (10:18 a.m.) -- #1 Team, #2 Team, #3 Team
Tee #10 (8:57 a.m.) -- #12 Team, #13 Team, #14 Team with Nos. 5 & 6 players of #10 and #11
Tee #10 (9:33 a.m.) -- #10 Team, #11 Team with Nos. 1 & 2 players of #13 and #14
Final Day Pairings
Tee #1 (8:00 a.m.) -- #7 Team, #8 Team, #9 Team
Tee #1 (8:54 a.m.) --#4 Team, #5 Team, #6 Team
Tee #1 (9:48 a.m.) -- #1 Team, #2 Team, #3 Team
Tee #10 (8:27 a.m.) -- #12 Team, #13 Team, #14 Team with Nos. 5 & 6 players of #10 and #11
Tee #10 (9:03 a.m.) -- #10 Team, #11 Team with #13 Team, #14 Team Nos. 1 and 2 players
The Big Ten Championships Lineup
Michigan will bring six starters to the Big Ten Championships. Traveling to Maineville, Ohio, will be senior Grace Choi, sophomore Elodie Van Dievoet, junior Megan Kim, freshman Alisa Snyder, junior Emily White and junior Kathy Lim.
Big Ten Championships Experience
Grace Choi -- fourth: 2014 (t-34th, 234), 2015 (t-18th, 222), 2016 (t-15th, 215, -1)
Kathy Lim -- third: 2015 (t-25th, 224), 2016 (t-77th, 235)
Megan Kim -- third: 2015 (t-13th, 220), 2016 (t-17th, 216, E)
Emily White -- third: 2015 (t-50th, 230), 2016 (t-30th, 220)
Elodie Van Dievoet -- second: 2016 (t-47th, 224)
Alisa Snyder -- first
Michigan at the Big Ten Championships
Michigan has nine top-five finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including a runner-up finish in 2005 and a third-place finish in 2002. The Wolverines have had three individuals close as the runner-up -- LeAnna Wicks (2002, t-2nd), Ashley Bauer (2010, 283) and Yugene Lee (2012, 2nd). Bauer holds the Big Ten single-round record with a seven-under 65 fired in the second round of the 2012 conference event held at University Ridge, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Quick Look at the 2016 Big Ten Championships
A U-M conference-championships record one-under 215 total from Grace Choi and an even-par 216 by Megan Kim helped Michigan to a U-M-record 865 (+1) team total and sixth-place team finish at the B1G Championships (April 22-24) held at the Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis, Indiana. [ Full Recap ]
U-M has shown no signs of stopping its improvement. The Wolverines are putting together a 296.04 per-round team average, which is just ahead last year's record (295.56). Elodie Van Dievoet (73.42), Grace Choi (74.29) and Megan Kim (74.63) are in a battle for the individual scoring lead. Overall, there have been 18 individual sub-par individual rounds -- led by Van Dievoet's seven and Choi's six.
Michigan has remained consistent throughout each 54-hole event this season. In the first round, U-M averages 296.56 as a team while in the second improves to 295.50, and the final round is at 296.00. Overall, the Wolverines average 296.04 as a team.
In her second season, Elodie Van Dievoet has dropped just under four strokes from her rookie campaign (77.20) as she is on school-record pace of 73.42. She fired a career-best 67 (-5) in the in the final round of the Meadow Club (March 6-7) -- topping her prior best by two shots. Overall, she has recorded four of U-M's five sub-70 rounds this season. In addition, Van Dievoet has set new career best for 36- (150) and 54-hole (211, -5) tournament totals and is one of four Wolverines to start all eight events. Of those eight starts, she has finished as the top Wolverine in five events, including three of four spring events.
Grace Choi is expected to make her 40th career start at the Big Ten Championships. In 39 starts, she has 14 top-20 individual finishes. She carries a U-M record-pace 74.29 scoring average and holds U-M records for a single round (65, -7, tie), 36-hole total (139, -5) and 54-hole total (205, -11, tie). Last season, Choi helped the Wolverines to their first regional appearance in four years and advanced to the NCAA Finals for the just the second time in program history.
With storms making the Trinity Forest Country Club unplayable, the tournament's final round was cancelled, helping U-M close the fall with its first team title of the season at Baylor's Trinity Forest Invitational (Nov. 7-8). U-M was led by Elodie Van Dievoet and Emily White, whose rounds of 75 tied them for sixth place. The team title is the first since 2012, 33rd in team history and first under third-year head coach Jan Dowling.
With three sub-par rounds, Elodie Van Dievoet recorded a career-best 211 (-5) total at the Cougar Classic (Oct. 2-4) -- lowering her previous best by 11 shots. She started with a 69 (-3) and followed with back-to-back 71s (-1) to record her new best 54-hole tournament total. For her effort, she was named the Big Ten's Golfer of the Week.
Emily White tied for third, along with teammate Elodie Van Dievoet, at the Hurricane Invitational (Feb. 27-March 1). White posted a season-best 213 (-3) event total after a season-low 70 (-2) in the first round. She followed with rounds of 72 (E) and 71 (-1). In her third season, she is averaging 76.17 per round, just off her career-best set last season (75.34).
In her second career start at the spring opening Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 12-14), Alisa Snyder posted a career-best 73 (+1) in the second round and tied for 30th individually with a career-best 225 54-hole total. In her first season, the Arizona native has started six of eight events and is averaging 76.43 per round.
Emily White and Kathy Lim went undefeated (2-0) during the season-opening East & West Match Play. After going 0-2 in last year's event, White rebounded to open the season with her two victories. For Lim, she has remained on a roll in match play. Going 0-5-1 as a freshman, she is 4-0 over the last two seasons, including winning the individual bracket at the 2015 East & West hosted in Wisconsin.
With all the research completed, it appears Wolverine newcomer Alisa Snyder is the first left-handed women's golfer in program history. The men's program has had three known lefties -- Kevin Dore (2004-07), Brett McIntosh (2013-16) and current senior Reed Hrynewich.
In addition to being lefties, Alisa Snyder and Reed Hrynewich are each fraternal twins. In fact, both sets of twins are collegiate golfers. Snyder's twin brother, Jack, is a freshman at New Mexico State, while Hrynewich's twin sister, Hailey, will be a senior at Ohio.
Michigan in the NCAA Postseason
Michigan has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual 11 times, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11, '12 and '16. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) made central regional appearances as individuals. The Maize and Blue has advanced to the NCAA Finals twice in program history, finishing 17th at the 2002 event held at Washington National in Auburn, Washington, and tying for 18th at the 2016 event held at Oregon Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
Below is a look at how the Wolverines have fared during NCAA postseason action:
2001, East Regional - 12th of 21 (308-308-309/925) - program's first invitation
2002, Central Regional - 6th of 21 (313-322-294/929)
2002, NCAA Finals - 17th of 24 (301-299-299-300/1199) - program's first advancement to NCAA Finals
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)
2012, Central Regional - 16th of 24 (315-316-306/937)
2016, Alabama Regional - 6th of 18 (311-304-300/916)
2016, NCAA Finals - t-18th of 24 (296-299-292/887) - program's second advancement to NCAA Finals
Thursday, April 27 -- NCAA Selection Show, 11 a.m. (Golf Channel)
Mon-Wed., May 8-10 -- at NCAA Regional (TBD)
Fri-Wed., May 19-24 -- at NCAA Finals (Sugar Grove, Ill.)
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