This Week in Michigan Women's Golf: Mercedes-Benz Championship

Sept. 17, 2013

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Fri-Sun., Sept. 20-22 -- at Mercedes-Benz Championship (Knoxville, Tenn.)
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Next on the Tee: Mercedes-Benz Championship
It's time to tee it up! The University of Michigan women's golf team will open its regular season traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Championships at the Cherokee Country Club. The three-day, 54-hole event will feature a 17-team field. The tournament will be played in a 5-count-4 format with the Cherokee Country Club set up for a par 71, 5,972 yards.

The Tournament Field
The Mercedes-Benz Championship will feature a 17-team field, including Arkansas, Campbell, Central Florida, Chattanooga, College of Charleston, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rollins, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas-San Antonio and Tulane.

The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 19 -- Registration and Practice Round (10:50 a.m.)
Friday, Sept. 20 -- First Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m. tee times (along with Ole Miss & Chattanooga)
Saturday, Sept. 21 -- Second Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m., tee times
Sunday, Sept. 22 -- Final Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m., tee times

The Tournament Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player squad. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) and freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS).

Michigan at the Mercedes-Benz Championship
Michigan returns to the Mercedes-Benz Championship after a seven-year absence. The Wolverines finished 15th as a team at the 2006 event with a score of 937 (314-313-310) at the Cherokee Country Club. Former Wolverine Brianna Broderick (2004-07) led U-M, tying for fifth at 218 (76-72-70). U-M also had a 2002 appearance at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, tying for 12th with a 943 total (329-304-310) held at the Gettysvue Polo & Country Club.


• Michigan opens 2013-14 and the Jan Dowling era traveling to Tennessee's Mercedes-Benz Championship. Dowling, who was hired at U-M in late May, returns to Knoxville, Tenn., after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach with the Lady Volunteer women's golf program.

• U-M will have nine regular-season events in 2013-14, with four fall and five spring events prior to postseason play. The Big Ten Championships will be held at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., for the third straight year. However, the women's championship will be moved to the Pete Dye course.

• Michigan will have four seniors on the roster -- Alicia Weber, Yugene Lee, Chelsea Pezzola and Alyssa Shimel.

Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel are U-M's most experienced players. Shimel has started all 30 of her career events, while Lee has 27 starts in 30 events.

• Last season Lauren Grogan, who was one of two Wolverines to start all 10 events, dropped nearly two strokes off career-best scoring average. She closed at 76.87 per round -- nearly 1.8 better than her freshman year's 78.73 average. Grogan also finished as the top Wolverine in four tournaments last season.

• Michigan welcomes one incoming freshman -- Grace Choi. A graduate and valedictorian of Woodrow Wilson High School, she was a four-year varsity letterwinner. She won the 2013 Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A state championship (68-64/132, -8), 12 shots better than the runner-up and setting the championship record for lowest total.

• U-M has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 13 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.

Michigan wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 10th-place showing at the Big Ten Championships played at the French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Ind. The Wolverines closed with a 932 total after team tallies of 306, 316 and 310. Lauren Grogan was the highest finishing Wolverines as she tied for 23rd, while Alyssa Shimel tied for 26th, Catherine Peters tied for 56th, Chelsea Pezzola tied for 59th and Yugene Lee was 68th. [ Recap ]

Mon-Tue., Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)
Sat-Sun., Oct. 12-13 -- at Diane Thomason Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423