Bauer Prepares for NCAA Central Regional Trip
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May 3, 2010

THIS WEEK
Thu-Sat., May 6-8 -- at NCAA Central Regional (Columbus, Ind.)
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Next on the Tee
University of Michigan women's golf senior captain Ashley Bauer was selected as an invited individual participant for the 2010 NCAA Central Regional, held Thursday through Saturday (May 6-8) at Ottercreek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. The Wolverines as a team were not selected for an at-large bid. The course will be set up for a par 72, 6,416 yards. Joining Bauer as invited individuals will be Drake's Olivia Lansing and Missouri's Julia Potter.

The Championship Field
The NCAA Central Regional will feature 24 teams as well as the three individuals. Selected teams for the 2010 Central Regional include: Arizona State, USC, Purdue, Michigan State, Georgia, Denver, New Mexico, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Oregon, Kent State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Mississippi, San Diego State, Baylor, Tulsa, N.C. State, Indiana, Illinois State, Murray State, Detroit and Jackson State. Central Regional individuals include: Michigan's Bauer, Drake's Olivia Lansing and Missouri's Julia Potter.

The Championship Schedule
Tuesday, May 4 -- Registration
Wednesday, May 5 -- Individuals Practice Round -- 7:30 a.m. off No. 1
Thursday, May 6 -- Individuals First Round (18) -- 8:55 a.m. off No. 10
Friday, May 7 -- Individuals Second Round (18) -- 12:20 p.m. off No. 1
Saturday, May 8 -- Individuals Final Round (18) -- 8:55 a.m. off No. 10

Advancing Out of the Regional
The top eight teams and the top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championship Tuesday through Friday, May 18-21, at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The two other regional sites are East at the Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C., and West at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.

NCAA Experience
In Ashley Bauer's two other NCAA appearances, she was the top finishing Wolverine in each of U-M's two Central regional appearances in 2007 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and 2009 (Columbus, Ohio). Bauer led U-M in 2007, tying for 40th at 228 (76-78-74) and again led the Wolverines in 2009, tying for 46th at 234 (74-79-81).

Otter Creek Experience
Last season, Michigan played the 2009 Indiana Invitational at Otter Creek Golf Course and finished fourth in the 14-team field. Ashley Bauer had some reasonable success during the chilly and windy two-day event, tying for sixth by shooting a 54-hole total of 233 (84-71-78).

NCAA Tradition Continues with Maize and Blue
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. With Bauer's invitation, she joins Laura Olin (2004) and Amy Schmucker (2006) as regional individual selections. 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.

Longevity Continues
With her start at the NCAA Central Regional, Ashley Bauer has yet to miss a tournament in her career, playing in 47 straight events. Bauer is one of two Wolverines with consecutive-event streaks along with Min Yean Tan, who has played in 35 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.

Big Ten Honors
Ashley Bauer was named to the All-Big Ten first team at the postseason awards ceremony following the completion of the 2010 Big Ten Championships. It is the second all-conference honor for Bauer, who was a second team honoree in 2009. Bauer becomes the seventh Wolverine to earn first team honors, and she is just the third Wolverine to earn multiple honors from the Big Ten. In addition, Andrea Ratigan was named Michigan's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Equaling the Best of All-Time
Big Ten medalist runner-up Ashley Bauer equaled the top finish ever by a Wolverine at the conference tournament, matching LeAnna Wick (1999-2002), who tied for second at the 2002 Big Ten Championships. The only other U-M player ever to finish in the top five is Amy Schmucker (5th, 2005).

Oh So Close Once, and then Again
Ashley Bauer closed as the individual runner-up in a tournament three times this season -- just a few shots 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. Bauer then was just three shots away from becoming the first Wolverine to win the Big Ten Championship title; Purdue's Laura Gonzalez took medalist honors. On the season, Bauer led U-M in nine of 11 events, with seven top-10 finishes, including four top-five.

Taking Down the Record in Grand Fashion
Ashley Bauer's five-under 283 Big Ten Championships total not only set the U-M record at the conference tournament but smashed U-M's all-time record for a 72-hole tournament total. Amy Schmucker (2003-06) held the previous Big Ten low with a 294 in 2005, and Bess Bowers held the U-M 72-hole record of 291 set at the 2002 NCAA Finals.

Swinging for the Cycle
Adding the 72-hole tournament school record to her playing resume, Ashley Bauer has now golfed for the cycle at U-M as she holds the scoring records for all four types of tournaments -- 18-hole (68, -3), 36-hole (148, shared), 54-hole (209, -4) and 72-hole (283, -5).

Shattering the Record
Ashley Bauer's seven-under 65 in the second round of Big Tens set a U-M record, a Big Ten record and tied Wisconsin's University Ridge 18-hole record. Bauer posted seven birdies and 11 pars en route to the record round. Bauer's 18-hole total broke the Big Ten record of 66 set by Maria Hernandez of Purdue in the third round in 2008 Big Ten Championships. The University Ridge record was shared by two individuals, with Grace Park of Arizona State shooting 65 twice during the 1998 NCAA Championships, while Duke's Jenny Chuasiriporn also had a 65 in that event.

More on the A-Maizing Round
Ashley Bauer crushed the U-M record for a single-round total with a seven-under 65 in the second round of the Big Ten Championships on Friday (April 23). She became the first Wolverine to shoot below 68. There were five members of U-M's "68 Club," with Bauer 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 68.

Well on Her Away to Setting the Best All-Time
Through 11 events this season, Ashley Bauer has been on fire, averaging 72.79 per round. That current mark is more than 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 11 par-or-better rounds, with a U-M-record 65 in the second round of the 2010 Big Ten Championships.

U-M Garners First Team Win for Rookie Coach
Michigan's team title at the Rio Verde Invitational gives U-M 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.

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 47 straight tournaments, has not missed a tournament in career
• Finished as the top Wolverine in 28 of the 47 career events
• Posted 28 top-20, 20 top-10 and 10 top-five finishes in 47 career events
• Season Stroke Average: 72.79, currently ranks as lowest all-time at U-M
• Holds U-M records for single-round score (tied), 18-hole, 36-hole (tied), 54- and 72-hole tournaments
• Holds U-M records for single-season scoring average (72.79) and career-scoring average (75.59)
• Two-time All-Big Ten selection -- first team (2010), second team (2009)
• Helped U-M to two NCAA regional team selections (2007, '09)
• Invited as individual to NCAA Regional (2010)
• 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: 75.59, currently ranks as U-M's all-time leader
• Shot a career-best and U-M record 65 in the second round of the 2010 Big Ten Championships
• 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) ... 72-hole tournament - 283 (74-65-71-73) at the 2010 Big Ten Championships (U-M record)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tue-Fri., May 18-21 -- at NCAA Championships (Wilmington, N.C.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

   

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