April 30, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's golf team received today (Monday, April 30) an NCAA Regional team bid -- the program's seventh. U-M will head to Columbus, Ohio, to compete at the NCAA Central Regional, to be held Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12, at OSU's Scarlet Course. Overall, it marks the 10th (team and individual) NCAA bid for U-M in the 12 seasons.
"I'm extremely happy and very proud of my team for making it to the NCAA Regional," said U-M head coach Cheryl Stacy. "The team has worked hard all year and deserves this opportunity. This team loves to compete and I know they are really looking forward to playing postseason golf. The plan now is to prepare the best we can for the next golf course we will face and to take that next step towards advancing to the NCAA Finals."
The 24 teams competing in the central regional include (in seeding order): USC, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oregon, N.C. State, Virginia, Florida State, Purdue, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Texas State, South Florida, Notre Dame, UTSA, East Carolina, Michigan, UNC Wilmington, Harvard, Butler and Siena.
The six invited individuals in seeding order: Madeleine Shiels, Nebraska; Alex Buelow, Stetson; Rika Park, Miami (Fla.); Brittany Henderson, Coastal Carolina; Leticia Ras-Anderica, Miami (Fla.); and Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee State.
The Wolverines will begin their quest to the 2012 NCAA Championships by playing a practice round at the Scarlet Course on Wednesday, May 9. The central regional consists of 54 holes, with 18 holes being played each day beginning at 8 a.m.
The two other regional sites will be the East, hosted by Penn State at the PSU Blue Course in State College, Pa., and the West, hosted by Colorado at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. From each regional, the top eight teams and top two individuals advance to the NCAA Championships, to be held Wednesday through Saturday, May 22-25, at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, the Wolverines posted six top-five finishes this season, including a runner-up finish at the Challenge at Onion Creek (Nov. 7-8) and two third-place finishes -- at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 17-18) and the Lady Northern Invitational (Oct. 9-10).
The Wolverines have been anchored by sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), who leads the team with a 75.85 per-round average. She has started all 11 events this season and had two runner-up honors individually -- the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Big Ten Championships. She tied her career-best single-round tally with a two-under 70 in the final round of the Big Ten Tournament, which helped her set a new 54-hole career record of 217.
Meanwhile, senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) has averaged 76.39 per round. She won her first collegiate title at the Lady Northern Invitational and has three top-10 finishes on the season. She fired a career-best three-under 68 in the third round of the Lady Northern for the third lowest single-round tally all-time at U-M, helping her to a career-best even-par 213 54-hole tournament score. Bauer has started the last 33 events for the Maize and Blue.
In addition, freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) has started eight of nine events this season and is on pace to set U-M's record for freshman scoring average with her current 76.89 per-round average. She posted a runner-up finish at the Challenge at Onion Creek and fired a one-under 69 in the first round of the event, becoming just the 12th player to record a sub-70 individual-round score.
Fellow freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) has also started eight of nine events and is averaging 78.81 per round with two top-20 finishes, including a tie for 14th at the Big Ten Championships. Rounding out Michigan's top five is sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), who has not missed an event in two seasons, playing in 23 straight, and has averaged 78.81 per round in her second season.
Michigan has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 12 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and now '12. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) made central regional appearances as individuals.
2012 NCAA Central Regional
Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12
Ohio State's Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
6. Ohio State
8. N.C. State
10. Florida State
13. Ole Miss
15. Texas State
16. South Florida
17. Notre Dame
19. East Carolina
21. UNC Wilmington
Madeleine Shiels, Nebraska
Alex Buelow, Stetson
Rika Park, Miami (Fla.)
Brittany Henderson, Coastal Carolina
Leticia Ras-Anderica, Miami (Fla.)
Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee State
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)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423