Week #2: Michigan Goes to East Lansing for Mary Fossum Invitational

Sept. 21, 2010

• Sat-Sun., Sept. 25-26 -- at Mary Fossum Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.)
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Next on the Tee
After opening the season as the host of the Wolverine Invitational, the University of Michigan women's golf team will head west across I-96 to East Lansing, Mich., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26, for the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course. There will be 11 teams in the 2010 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 6,237 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 11 teams in the field for the 2010 Mary Fossum Invitational, including: Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, James Madison, Kent State, Long Beach State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Toledo.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 24 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Saturday, Sept. 25 -- Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Sept. 26 -- Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
With qualifying finishing up Wednesday prior to the tournament, the Wolverines' starting five and one individual have yet to be determined. Vying for spots will be: senior Jenn Cleary (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), senior Katelin Davis (Dexter, Mich./Dexter), senior Louisa Shu (West Bloomfield, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm), senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]), junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), sophomore Shana Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), sophomore Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep Academy [Bradenton, Fla.]), freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County), freshman Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) and freshman Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood).

Home Event Allows For Experience
U-M opened the season as host of the Wolverine Invitational; giving head coach Cheryl Stacy an opportunity to allow all 10 players on the roster get 54-holes of experience. Min Yean Tan was the top-finishing starter as she tied for third with a 225 tally, while Meagan Bauer (t-21st) and Alyssa Shimel (t-27th) garnered top-30 spots in the 90-player field. Playing as an individual Jenn Cleary tied for 36th with a career-best 235, while Louisa Shu cracked the top 50, finishing 48th. With everyone playing, Shimel, Yugene Lee and Chelsea Pezzola made their collegiate debuts. In addition, Shimel made her first career start, while Lee and Pezzola played as individuals.

Setting the Mark, Yet Again
Min Yean Tan tied her career-best, single-round tally with her even-par 71 in the second round of the season-opening Wolverine Invitational. Overall, she has tallied the round five times in her career, with four of them coming last season.

Resetting Her Best
Jenn Cleary set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with a 235 total at the Wolverine Invitational. The tournament tally topped the 242 she had at the 2009 Windy City Classic. In the season-opening event, she bookended rounds of 79 around a second-round 77.

Let Her Second Season Begin
Cheryl Stacy begins her second season at the helm of the Maize and Blue. In her first season as head coach, U-M set the U-M single-season record for team scoring average with a 302.53 per-round tally, including a U-M record-tying 287 in the second round of the 2010 Rio Verde Invitational. With those scores, U-M garnered Stacy's first team title, winning the Rio Verde Invitational, as well her first individual champion as Ashley Bauer, who was an All-Big Ten first team selection, went on to take medalist honors.

Welcoming the Newcomers
Each of the three freshmen comes to the Wolverines with impressive resumes, including plenty of success at their respective state championships. Yugene Lee helped Oconee County to the 2010 Georgia AAA State title and was a three-time state individual champion (2007, '09, '10). Alyssa Shimel won the 2009 Ohio Division II state title, while Chelsea Pezzola helped Saint Stephens to the 2007 FHSAA 1A State runner-up title.

All In the Family
During the 2007-08 season, the Wolverines had the Davis sisters, Lindsay and Katelin, on the roster. After Lindsay graduated, the sisterly act continued with the Bauer's as all three sister were on the team together in 2009-10 -- Ashley, Meagan and Shana. Finally, Caramia Sitompul also has a family pairing at U-M. Her brother, Alexander, is a senior with the men's program.

The Maize and Blue Postseason Resume
Michigan has been represented in NCAA Regional competition by the U-M team or an individual in eight of the last 10 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07 and '09. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) have made central regional appearances as individuals. In 2002, the Wolverines finished sixth at the central regional in East Lansing, Mich., to advance to their first NCAA Finals , where the Maize and Blue finished 17th.

A Very Full Showcase
Michigan has 31 tournament titles in the history of the program. Of those 31 titles, 12 have been won during the last seven years -- two in 2003-04, four in 2004-05, one in 2005-06, two in 2006-07, none in 2007-08, two in 2008-09 and one in 2009-10.

Sat-Sun., Oct. 2-3 -- at Notre Dame Invitational (South Bend, Ind.)
Mon-Tue., Oct. 11-12 -- at Lady Northern Invitational (Glencoe, Ill.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423