Week #2: Michigan to Host 14-Team Wolverine Invitational
Catherine Peters

Sept. 19, 2012

Sat-Sun., Sept. 22-23 -- 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 2012 Wolverine Invitational, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 22-23) at the U-M Golf Course. Fourteen teams will play 54 holes (36-18) in the two-day tournament, and selected teams will be allowed to bring individuals. The U-M Golf Course will be set up for a par of 71 and play 6,112 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 14 teams in the field for the 2012 Wolverine Invitational, including: Akron, Bucknell, Butler, Delaware, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Florida International, Georgetown, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Michigan, North Texas, Toledo and Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 21 -- Practice Round (teams playing throughout the day)
Saturday, Sept. 22 -- First Round (shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 22 -- Second Round (continuous play following the first round)
Sunday, Sept. 23 -- Final Round (shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.)

Friday Practice Assignments
Michigan -- 8:30/8:40/8:50
North Texas -- 9:00/9:10
Eastern Michigan -- 9:40/9:50
Toledo -- 10:00/10:10
Florida International -- 10:20/10:30
Ferris State -- 11:00
Bucknell -- 11:20
Georgetown -- 11:30
Akron -- 11:40/11:50
Delaware -- 12:00/12:10
Illinois -- 12:20/12:30
Butler -- 12:40/12:50
Xavier -- 1:20/1:30
Grand Valley State -- 1:50/2:00

First Day Pairings
Pairing 1: Michigan, Illinois, Florida International
Pairing 2: North Texas, Eastern Michigan, Akron
Pairing 3: Xavier, Georgetown, Michigan & FIU Individuals
Pairing 4: Toledo, Grand Valley State, Bucknell
Pairing 5: Delaware, Butler, Ferris State
Pairing 6: Individuals

The Wolverine Lineup
The entire Michigan roster will compete at the Wolverine Invitational. The five-member starting group will be headed up by sophomore Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS), junior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood) and junior captain Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS). Rounding out the starters will be sophomore Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and freshman Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS). Competing as individuals will be sophomore Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS), junior Alicia Weber (Northville, Mich./Northville HS), junior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) and freshman Ella Pendy (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South HS).

A Little Home Cooking
After not hosting a home tournament last season, Michigan welcomes 14 teams to the U-M Golf Course for the Wolverine Invitational. Throughout U-M women's golf history, the Wolverines have hosted 27 events at the U-M Golf Course and have won nine team titles and eight medalist honors. The last time U-M claimed the title at its home event was in 2008. Florida International won the last event in 2010 and will be paired with the Wolverines to begin this year's event.

Strong Out of the Gates
Linda Luo will play as U-M's No. 1 player this weekend after her strong season-opening performance at last week's Mary Fossum Invitational. She tied for third individually with a 218 total -- the second-best 54-hole tournament total of her young career. Her final-round, two-under 70 marked the second sub-par round of her career. She has a career-best one-under 69 shot in the first round of the 2011 Challenge at Onion Creek.

Getting the Nod
After a solid tie for 39th at the Mary Fossum Invitational as an individual, freshman Catherine Peters earned a spot in the starting lineup for the Wolverine Invitational. Fellow newcomer Ella Pendy will make her collegiate debut at U-M's home event and play 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. It marks the first time since the 1989-90 season U-M has not carried a senior on the roster.

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)

Fri-Sun., Oct. 12-13 -- at Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Sun-Mon., Oct. 28-29 -- at Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island, S.C.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423