Sept. 14, 2012
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. 15-16) at the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course. There will be 16 teams in the 2012 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 sixth straight season U-M has played in the in-state fall tournament.
The Tournament Field
There will be 16 teams in the field for the 2012 Mary Fossum Invitational, including: Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Kent State, Louisiana-Monroe, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oakland, Purdue, Texas State, Toledo, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 14 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Saturday, Sept. 15 -- Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Sept. 16 -- Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
The Wolverine Lineup
Michigan will bring five starters and one individual to the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational. Leading the U-M squad is junior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), with sophomores Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) making up the top three spots. Junior Alicia Weber (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) will make her first career start for U-M after transferring from Caly Poly, while sophomore Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) rounds out the starting five. Freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) will travel and compete in her first collegiate event as an individual.
No Seniors, No Problem
Michigan will carry nine players this season, none of which will comprise a senior class. The Wolverines will carry four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen on head coach Cheryl Stacy's squad this season.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Junior Yugene Lee was named the captain for the 2012-13 season. Last season, Lee was one of three Wolverines to start all 12 events as she helped U-M reach the NCAA Regional for the seventh time in school history. An All-Big Ten second team performer during the regular season, Lee finished as the medalist runner-up at the Big Ten Championships to earn all-tournament honors. She lowered her season-best scoring average by nearly two-and-a-half shots (75.94).
After transferring from Cal Poly, Northville native Alicia Weber returns home to Michigan and returns back to the links starting her first event for the Wolverines at the Mary Fossum Invitational. She played in 15 events over two seasons at Cal Poly and carried a 79.16 career average. Prior to heading to California, Weber was an all-state golfer at Northville High School, where she led them to back-to-back Division 1 third-place finishes.
Home Event is Just Around the Corner
After a year away, Michigan will host the Wolverine Invitational next week in its only home event of the season. The 54-hole event will be played at the U-M Golf Course Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, and feature a 14-team field. Fans can come out for 36 holes on Saturday and a final 18 Sunday as both days begin play at 8 a.m. In 27 events held at U-M, the Wolverines have nine team titles to their credit.
Adding NCAA Postseason a Regular Occurrence
Michigan has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 12 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12. 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 (308-308-309/925) - program's first invitation
2002, Central Regional - 6th (313-322-294/929) - program's first advancement to NCAA Finals
2002, NCAA Finals - 17th (301-299-299-300/1199)
2004, Central Regional - Laura Olin, individual, t-17th (75-76-78/229)
2005, Central Regional - 15th (301-320-305/926)
2006, Central Regional - Amy Schmucker, individual, t-71st (80-82-78/240)
2007, Central Regional - 13th (311-305-310/926) - hosted at U-M Golf Course
2009, Central Regional - 17th (312-321-327/960)
2010, Central Regional - Ashley Bauer, individual, t-76th (78-87-80/245)
2011, Central Regional - 18th (316-307-315/938)
2012, Central Regional - 16th (315-316-306/937)
Sat-Sun., Sept. 22-23 -- host Wolverine Invitational (U-M Golf Course)
Fri-Sun., Oct. 12-14 -- at Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423