Week #1: Michigan Opens Season as Host of Wolverine Invitational

Sept. 7, 2010

Sat-Sun., Sept. 11-12 -- host Wolverine Invitational (U-M Golf Course)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team will host the 2010 Wolverine Invitational this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 11-12) at the U-M Golf Course. There will be 17 teams in the 2010 field, playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. Each day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with a scoring format of five players, count the low four scores. The U-M Golf Course will be set up for a par 71 and 6,167 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 17 teams in the field for the 2010 Wolverine Invitational, including: Augusta State, Ball State, Campbell, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Florida International, Indiana, Iowa State, Kennesaw State, Longwood, Michigan, Missouri-Kansas City, Northwestern, Southern Methodist, Toledo, Western Michigan and Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 10 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Friday, Sept. 10 -- Coaches Meeting - 2 p.m., U-M Team Room
Saturday, Sept. 11 -- Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Sept. 12 -- Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

The Tournament Pairings
Grouping 1: Michigan, Northwestern, Campbell
Grouping 2: Iowa State, Indiana, Augusta State
Grouping 3: Florida International, Michigan Individuals, Kennesaw State
Grouping 4: Ball State, Xavier, Longwood
Grouping 5: EMU, SMU, Columbia
Grouping 6: Toledo, Western Michigan, UMKC

The Tournament Lineup
With qualifying leading up to the tournament, the Wolverines starting five and five individuals have yet to be determined. Vying for spots will be: Senior Jenn Cleary (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), senior Katelin Davis (Dexter, Mich./Dexter), senior Louisa Shu (West Bloomfield, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm), senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]), junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), sophomore Shana Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]), freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County), freshman Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) and freshman Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood).

Home Tournament History
Michigan has hosted 23 events at the U-M Golf Course and has come away with nine titles in that span. Using medalist Ashley Bauer's 68, U-M won the last event host at the Ann Arbor course -- the 2008 Wolverine Invitational. The Maize and Blue did not host a home event last season.

Let the Second Season Begin
In her first season as head coach, Cheryl Stacy's Wolverines set the U-M single-season record for team scoring average with a 302.53 per-round tally, including a U-M record-tying 287 in the second round of the 2010 Rio Verde Invitational. With those scores, U-M garnered Stacy's first team title, winning the Rio Verde Invitational, as well her first individual champion as Ashley Bauer, who was an All-Big Ten first team selection, went on to take medalist honors.

Returning Leaders
Min Yean Tan and Meagan Bauer return as the Wolverines' most experienced players in 2010-11. Tan has yet to miss a start in her career, a streak reaching 35, while Bauer started all 11 events last season and 15 of her 16 career events. As a junior, Tan dropped nearly two strokes off her per-round average with a career-best 76.12, while Bauer dropped nearly five strokes from her first to second season, posting a 76.97.

Welcoming the Newcomers
Each of the three freshmen comes to the Wolverines with impressive resumes, including plenty of success at their respective state championships. Yugene Lee helped Oconee County to the 2010 Georgia AAA State title and was a three-time state individual champion (2007, '09, '10). Alyssa Shimel won the 2009 Ohio Division II state title, while Chelsea Pezzola helped Saint Stephens to the 2007 FHSAA 1A State runner-up title.

All In the Family
During the 2007-08 season, the Wolverines had the Davis sisters, Lindsay and Katelin, on the roster. After Lindsay graduated, the sisterly act continued with the Bauer's as all three sister were on the team together in 2009-10 -- Ashley, Meagan and Shana. Finally, Caramia Sitompul also has a family pairing at U-M. Her brother, Alexander, is a senior with the men's program.

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 appearance, 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.

Sat-Sun., Sept. 25-26 -- at Mary Fossum Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.)
Sat-Sun., Oct. 2-3 -- at Notre Dame Invitational (South Bend, Ind.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423