May 2, 2011
It's NCAA Time!
It's NCAA postseason time! The University of Michigan women's golf team received its sixth NCAA Regional team bid and heads to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the NCAA Central Regional Thursday through Saturday (May 5-7) at Warren Golf Course. Overall, it marks the ninth (team and individual) NCAA bid for U-M in the last 11 seasons. There are two other regional sites -- the East, hosted by Stetson at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the West, hosted by Washington at Washington National Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. The Warren Golf Course will be set up for a par 72 and 6,208 yards.
The NCAA Regional Field
There will be 24 teams competing in the Central Regional (in order of seeding): UCLA, Duke, LSU, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Texas, Tulane, Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Kent State, Chattanooga, Northwestern, Minnesota, UNLV, Oklahoma State, North Texas, Wisconsin, East Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Morehead State, Illinois State and Butler. The six invited individuals are: Harin Lee (St. John's (N.Y)), Lindsay Gahm (Indiana), Bonnie Hu (Harvard), Nina Muehl (East Tennessee State), Brittany Kelly (Ball State) and Britney Hamilton (Western Michigan).
The NCAA Regional Schedule
Tuesday, May 3 -- Registration (1 to 6 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 4 -- Practice Round (12:24 p.m.) & Ice Cream Social/Rules Meeting (7:30 p.m./8:15 p.m.)
Thursday, May 5 -- First Round (18) -- 1:25 p.m., tee times off No. 1 (paired with East Carolina, Illinois)
Friday, May 6 -- Second Round (18) -- 8:55 a.m., tee times off No. 10 (paired with East Carolina, Illinois)
Saturday, May 7 -- Final Round (18) -- 8 a.m., tee times (TBD, based on positioning)
Advancing from the NCAA Regional
From each of the three regionals, the top eight teams and top two individuals advance to the NCAA Championships, Wednesday through Saturday, May 18-21, at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. U-M has one trip to the NCAA Finals -- 2002 at the Washington National Golf Club, where the Wolverines finished 17th.
The NCAA Regional Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player team to the 2011 NCAA Central Regional. Heading to the regional 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) and sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]).
Senior Min Yean Tan -- second appearance: 2009 (98th, 250)
Junior Meagan Bauer -- first appearance
Sophomore Caramia Sitompul -- first appearance
Freshman Alyssa Shimel -- first appearance
Freshman Yugene Lee -- first appearance
The Michigan Resume
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 and 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 - TBD
Two and Two
Since taking over as head coach of the Wolverines, Cheryl Stacy has sent an individual to NCAA Regionals in 2010 and her team in 2011. Last year, in her first season at the helm, senior Ashley Bauer (2007-10) was an invited individual at the Central Regional. This year marks the first time a Stacy-led team earned an invitation. Including her time as an assistant coach (2005-09), Stacy has five total trips to the NCAA postseason with Michigan -- three team (2007, '09, '11) and two individuals (2006, Amy Schmucker and 2010, Bauer).
We are the Big Ten!
The Big Ten is well represented in NCAA postseason tournaments. In fact, eight of the 11 teams received invitations to compete in a regional. Ohio State, Northwestern, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois will be at the Central while Purdue and Michigan State will play at the East. With Indiana's Lindsay Gahm individual invite to the Central, it gives the conference nine schools represented.
Don't You Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Earlier this fall, Michigan played Oct. 2-3 in the Warren Irish Invitational, getting an early look at the Warren Golf Course -- host site for the NCAA Central Regional. Michigan closed 10th with a 936 tally (316-308-312). Min Yean Tan led the way for U-M, finishing 11th at 228 (79-73-76), while Meagan Bauer tied for 19th at 232 (79-79-74). In fact, the remaining three starters for the regional played the Warren Golf Course in the fall -- Alyssa Shimel (84-75-81) and Yugene Lee (78-81-81) each tied for 47th, and Caramia Sitompul tied for 55th at 242 (80-81-81).
A Look at 2010-11 for Michigan
Michigan closed the regular season with 10 top-10 finishes, including season-best third-place finishes at the 2011 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational, March 4-6, and 2010 Wolverine Invitational, Sept. 11-12. In a tightly contested Big Ten Championships, the Wolverines closed eighth, posting the fourth-lowest score in program history. The Wolverines set the U-M record for a single-round team tally with a 285 in the second round of the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek, played Nov. 1-2. The team total was two shots better than the previous mark of 287, which was fired on three other occasions. Overall, Michigan averages 306.15 per round as a team.
The Wolverines 1-2 Punch
Michigan is led by Meagan Bauer and Min Yean Tan. The U-M captains were 1-2 in scoring as Bauer posted a career-best 76.10 per round, while Tan averaged 76.50. Both players joined U-M's sub-70 club at the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek after Tan shot the second-lowest round in U-M history with a three-under 67, while Bauer posted a career-best one-under 69. Together, the duo combined for nine top-20 individual finishes this season and the two were the top-finishing Wolverines in eight of 11 events.
Rookies Make Impact
Newcomers Alyssa Shimel and Yugene Lee both are averaging below 78 strokes per round -- 77.76 and 77.84, respectively. Shimel, who was one of two Wolverines to start all 11 events, highlighted the season by setting the 72-hole U-M freshman record at the Big Ten Championships with a 302. It bettered the mark of 305 set by Tan at the 2008 conference tournament. Lee started nine of 10 events and posted two top-20 finishes, including a career-best tie for sixth at the 2011 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational, held March 4-6.
The Second Best of All-Time
After setting her career best with a 70 in the first round Challenge at Onion Creek, 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 first time Tan has had 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.
Tue-Fri., May 17-20 -- at NCAA Finals (College Station, Texas)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423