Week #2: Michigan to Make Rare Trip to Kentucky This Weekend
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Sept. 27, 2011

THIS WEEK
Fri-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 2 -- at Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational (Lexington, Ky.)
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Next on the Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team continues its fall schedule, heading down to Lexington, Ky., this Friday through Sunday (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) for the 2011 Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky. There will be 16 teams in the field playing 54 total holes over the three day event. Scoring will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected teams will be allowed to bring an invited individual, including U-M. The University Club will be set up for a par 72 and 6,357 yards.

The event is named after Bettie Lou Evans, who served 22 years as head coach of Kentucky and has spent that past eight years as director of golf operations.

The Tournament Field
There will be 16 teams in the field for the 2011 Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational, including: Akron, Augusta State, Chattanooga, Florida Southern, Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Murray State, Central Florida, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Marshall, Michigan, Illinois, Miami and Toledo.

The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 29 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Friday, Sept. 30 -- First Round (18) begins with tee times off No. 1 and 10, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 -- Second Round (18) begins with tee times off No. 1 and 10, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2-- Third Round (18) begins with a shotgun, 8:30 a.m.

The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverine five-player starting group will be: sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), freshman Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and freshman Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS). Junior Caramia Sitompul (Jakarta, Indonesia/Bradenton Prep [Fla.]) will travel as U-M's individual.

It's Been Awhile
Michigan has not played in the state of Kentucky in 14 years. The last time U-M played in the Blue Grass state was during the 1997 Lady Kat Invitational at the Spring Lake Country Club. U-M closed 10th in the 18-team field. Overall, the Wolverines have played in the Lady Kat Invitational nine total times.

Coming Out of the Gates Strong
Yugene Lee's runner-up effort at the Mary Fossum Invitational was a career-best finish, bettering her tie for sixth-place finish at the 2011 Rio Verde Intercollegiate. It marked her first career top-five finish. With the finish, she set a new career-best 54-hole tournament tally with her 221 (75-73-73). She topped her prior best of 224, which was set at the 2011 Rio Verde Intercollegiate.

Notching an Early Season Strong Finish
Michigan's third-place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational equals the highest finish for the Wolverines in the Cheryl Stacy era. The Wolverines also finished third at the 2011 Rio Verde Intercollegiate. Overall, it is the third top-five finish in Stacy's two-year career.

Four atop the Leaderboard
In the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational, the Wolverines placed four Wolverines among the top 20 individually. Yugene Lee was the medalist runner-up, Alyssa Shimel and Meagan Bauer each tied for 15th, while Devon Compton tied for 18th. The last time Michigan placed four starters among the top 20 individually was the 2009 Red Rocks Invitational.

Wasting No Time at All
Michigan newcomers Lauren Grogan, Devon Compton and Linda Luo all made their collegiate debuts at the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational. Compton earned her first top-20 finish, tying for 18th at 231, while Luo, who played as an individual, tied for 30th at 235. Grogan opened her career tying for 42nd at 240.

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, starting 27 of 28 career events. She carries a career stroke average of 77.29 per round, ranking her among the school's all-time top five.

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)

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mon-Tue., Oct. 10-11 -- at Lady Northern Invitational (French Lick, Ind.)
Sun-Tue., Oct. 16-18 -- at Susie Maxwell Berning Classic (Norman, Okla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

   

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