Week #4: Wolverines Get Big Ten Preview at Lady Northern Invitational

Oct. 7, 2010

Mon-Tue., Oct. 11-12 -- at Lady Northern Invitational (Glencoe, Ill.)
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Next on the Tee
Playing in its annual Big Ten Championships fall preview, the University of Michigan women's golf team will head to Glencoe, Ill., Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 11-12) for the 2010 Lady Northern Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the Lake Shore Country Club, which will serve as the host of the 2011 Big Ten Championships. There will be 12 teams in the field, with 10 hailing from the Big Ten. Scoring for the Lady Northern will six-count-four and the Lake Shore Country Club will be set up for a par 72 and 6,303 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 12 teams in the field for the Lady Northern Invitational, including: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Oct. 10 -- Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Monday, Oct. 11 -- First Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CST
Monday, Oct. 11 -- Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Tuesday, Oct. 12 -- Final Round (18) begins with tee times off No. 1 and 10 starting at 7:30 a.m. CST

The Tournament Lineup
With qualifying finishing up Wednesday prior to the tournament, the Wolverines' starting six 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).

Getting Better with Each Round
So far this season, Meagan Bauer has descended all of her round scores with each tournament and she continues to close strong. She opened the season posting rounds of 78, 77, 76 at the Wolverine Invitational, followed by an 81, 80, 78 at the Mary Fossum Invitational and last week she tallied rounds of 79, 79, 74 at the Notre Dame Invitational. She is second on the team with a 78.00 per round average.

Making the Move in the Second Round
Through three events, the Wolverines have posted the tournament best score in the second round. In fact, U-M is averaging 307.00 per second round, five shots better than the third round and six better than the first. Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 310.78 clip per team round this 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 38. She has yet to miss a start in her entire career.

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 three events, she is averaging a career-best 79.33 per round, nearly three shots better than any other season.

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.

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., Nov. 1-2 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)
Sun-Tue., Feb. 13-15 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423