Sept. 8, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Big Ten Conference announced its 2011-12 Women's Golfers to Watch List on Thursday (Sept. 8), with three University of Michigan Wolverines taking honors among the 36 golfers recognized. Senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County) and sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood) each represented U-M on the inaugural list.
The trio of golfers will comprise the core of a Michigan team coming off its sixth NCAA Regional team appearance in the last 11 seasons. U-M finished 18th at last year's Central Regional, with Bauer and Shimel pacing the Wolverines with three-round totals of 233.
Bauer returns as the lone senior for the Wolverines after leading U-M last season with a career-best 76.24 scoring average. She posted four top-20 finishes and recorded a career-best, one-under 69 in the second round of the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek (Nov. 1-2). In her three years, she has started 26 of 27 events and carries a career average of 77.37 per round.
Shimel and Lee are both looking to capitalize on their strong freshman campaigns. Shimel is the only returnee who started all 12 events last season, posting a scoring average of 77.76, while Lee returns as the only current Wolverine who posted a top-10 finish last season, coming in sixth place at the 2011 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational (March 4-6). Lee averaged 78.18 per round as a freshman.
The Wolverines begin their 2011-12 season by heading to East Lansing, Mich., for the Mary Fossum Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at Forest Akers West Course.
Big Ten Women's Golfers to Watch List
Illinois: Hailey Koschmann, Ember Schuldt, Samantha Sloan
Indiana: Kristtini Cain, Kate Coons, Rosie Davies
Iowa: Kristi Cardwell, Lauren English, Chelsea Harris
Michigan: Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee, Alyssa Shimel
Michigan State: Christine Meier, Caroline Powers, Lindsey Solberg
Minnesota: Jackie Sheperd, Banchalee Theinthong, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn
Nebraska: Kayla Knopik, Steffi Neisen, Madeleine Sheils
Northwestern: Devon Brown, Hana Lee, Lauren Weaver
Ohio State: Amy Meier, Rachel Rohanna, Vicky Villanueva
Penn State: Elyse Archambault, Ellen Ceresko, Christina Vosters
Purdue: Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Aurora Kan, Paula Reto
Wisconsin: Lindsay Danielson, Jessie Gerry, Kris Yoo
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423