Week #3: Wolverines Head to South Bend for Irish Invite

Sept. 28, 2010

Sat-Sun., Oct. 2-3 -- at William K. Warren Irish Invitational (South Bend, Ind.)
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Next on the Tee
With two events under its belt, the University of Michigan women's golf team will get an opportunity to test the course where the 2011 NCAA Central Regional will be held -- the Warren Golf Course -- as the Wolverines will participate in the 2010 William K. Warren Irish Invitational, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 2-3), in South Bend, Ind. There will be 13 teams in the 2010 field, playing 54 holes in the two-day tournament. Scoring for the Irish 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. The Warren Golf Course will be set up for a par 71 and 6,346 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 13 teams in the field for the 2010 William K. Warren Irish Invitational, including: Cincinnati, Georgia State, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo and Texas at San Antonio.

The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Oct. 1 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day starting at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2 -- First Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Sunday, Oct. 3 -- 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 selected individual has 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).

It's Been How Long?
The last time Michigan played a tournament at Notre Dame was 16 years ago, when the Wolverines competed in the 1994 Irish Invitational. U-M closed third in the nine-team field.

The Latest Newcomer to Lead
Alyssa Shimel continues to impress in her first season with the Wolverines. In addition to finishing as the top Wolverine at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tying for 21st, she shot a new career best with a three-over 75 in the second round. In her first two collegiate events, she has tallied a career-best 54-hole total of 233. The last time a freshman led U-M at an event was at the 2008 Mary Fossum Invitational when Milena Savich tied for 32nd.

Setting an Early Tone
Jenn Cleary made her first start of the season and just the second of her career at the Mary Fossum Invitational. The only other time she started an event was last year at the 2010 Central District Classic. To open the 2010-11 season, Cleary set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with a 235 total at the Wolverine Invitational and just missed tying that mark with a 236 at the Mary Fossum. So far in two events, she is averaging a career-best 78.50 per round, nearly three shots better than any other season.

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. She currently leads U-M with a 76.67 per-round average. In addition, she continued her streak of consecutive starts as she in now up to 37. She has yet to miss a start in her entire career.

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.

Let Her Second Season Begin
Cheryl Stacy is in 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.

Mon-Tue., Oct. 11-12 -- at Lady Northern Invitational (Glencoe, Ill.)
Mon-Tue., Nov. 1-2 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423