Week #1: Michigan to Start Season at Mary Fossum Invitational
Cheryl Stacy

Sept. 13, 2011

Sat-Sun., Sept. 17-18 -- at Mary Fossum Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team will head west across I-96 to East Lansing, Mich., to start the season this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 17-18) for the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course. There will be 11 teams in the 2011 field, playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. Scoring for the Mary Fossum Invitational will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected teams will be allowed to bring an invited individual, including U-M. Forest Akers West Course will be set up for a par 72 and 6,236 yards. This is the fifth straight season U-M has played in the in-state fall tournament.

The Tournament Field
There will be 11 teams in the field for the 2011 Mary Fossum Invitational, including: Ferris State, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, James Madison, Kent State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Oakland, Ohio State and Toledo.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 16 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Saturday, Sept. 17 -- Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Sept. 18 -- Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
With qualifying leading up the tournament, the Wolverine five-player starting group and individual have yet to be finalized. Vying for spots include: senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), senior Jenn Cleary (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), junior Shana Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), junior Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep [Fla.]), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County), sophomore Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep), sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood), freshman Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS), freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS).

Last Year at the Mary Fossum
In the second fall event of the season, the Wolverines closed sixth at the windy and chilly 2010 Mary Fossum Invitational with a 937 tally after team rounds of 317, 308 and 312 at the Forest Akers West Course. Alyssa Shimel led the Wolverines, tying for 21st at 233 (80-75-78), while former Wolverine Min Yean Tan (2008-11) tied for 28th at 235 (83-74-78). Caramia Sitompul (79-79-78) and Jenn Cleary (77-80-79) each tied for 34th at 236, while Meagan Bauer tied for 42nd at 239 (81-80-79). [ Recap ]

Bauer Tabbed Captain for 2011-12
Meagan Bauer will serve as the Wolverines team captain for the 2011-12 season, marking the second straight season she has earned the prestigious honor. Bauer, who is enrolled in the School of Nursing, has been a mainstay in the lineup for the last three years and has started 26 of 27 career events. She carries a career stroke average of 77.31 per round, ranking her among the school's all-time top five. Last season, she led U-M with a career-best 76.24 scoring average and posted four top-20 finishes. [ Full Release ]

Wolverines Welcome Three Newcomers to the Fold
After losing Min Yean Tan and Louisa Shu to graduation, the Wolverines welcome in three newcomers -- Devon Compton, Lauren Grogan and Linda Luo. A four-time state qualifier, Compton was named as Michigan's Miss Golf in 2010. She led Stoney Creek to Division I state runner-up while taking medalist honors. A three-time Michigan Super Team member, Compton finished as the Division I state runner-up in 2008, fourth in 2009 and 13th in 2007. Another four-time state qualifier, Grogan was a first team all-state selection in 2010 after finishing third at the OHSAA Division I State tournament and helping Bishop Watterson to an eighth-place showing. In her senior season, she helped Bishop Watterson to a 123-23 record in 20 events while averaging 75.78 per round. After starting her career playing on the Maple Leaf Tour in Vancouver, Canada, Luo moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play at Lakewood Ranch High School and train at the Missing Link Golf Academy. In 2010, she won three events -- FCWT-TPC Tampa Bay, AJGA Cleveland Junior Open and AJGA Sarasota.

Cashman-McSween Returns to the Big Ten
U-M head coach Cheryl Stacy announced in August the hiring of Colleen Cashman-McSween as the assistant coach for the Wolverine program. A four-year letterwinner and All-Big Ten golfer at Purdue (1994-98) and former professional golfer, Cashman-McSween returns to the Big Ten after spending the last 12 years coaching at her high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. [ Full Release ]

Trio of Wolverines Named to Big Ten Watch List
Meagan Bauer, Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel were each named to the Big Ten Women's Golfers to Watch List. A total of 36 golfers -- three from each school -- were selected to the inaugural list. Bauer returns after leading U-M last season with a career-best 76.24 scoring average, Shimel returns as the only returnee who started all 12 events last season, and Lee returns as the only Wolverine to post a top-10 finish last season. [ Full Release ]

What Did You Do This Summer?
Highlighted by Meagan Bauer's run to the finals of the Michigan Women's Amateur Championship, the Wolverines had a busy summer competing all over the country in different tournaments. For a recap of the Maize and Blue summer action, head to the Summer Update page.

Practice Facility Almost Completed
In July (2010), the U-M Board of Regents approved the schematic design of the new practice facility for the men's and women's golf programs. After starting construction last September, the building is near completion. Both teams are scheduled to move into the building in mid-to-late October. The $2.5 million, 10,000 gross-square-foot facility designed by Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative will be funded by athletic resources and gifts. The new building, set off South Main Street on the west side of the driving range of the U-M Golf Course, will provide space for functional training, meeting and practice for golf teams.

Adding NCAA Postseason a Regular Occurrence
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 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)

Fri-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 2 -- at Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational (Lexington, Ky.)
Sun-Mon., Oct. 9-10 -- at Lady Northern Invitational (French Lick, Ind.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423