Oct. 7, 2011
Mon-Tue., Oct. 10-11 -- at Lady Northern Intercollegiate (French Lick, Ind.)
Next on the Tournament Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team will head to French Lick, Ind., to get its first chance to preview the host side of the 2012 Big Ten Championships by playing in the Lady Northern Intercollegiate, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 10-11). Featuring a 12-team field, including nine conference schools, the 54-hole event will be played at the French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Course. 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 Ross Course will be set up for a par 71 and 6,037 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 12 teams in the field for the 2011 Lady Northern Intercollegiate, including: Augusta State, Central Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Oct. 9 -- Team Registration and Practice Rounds
Monday, Oct. 10 -- First Round (18), begins with a shotgun start, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 10 -- Second Round (18), continuous play from first round
Tuesday, Oct. 11 -- Final Round (18), begins with a shotgun start, 8:30 a.m.
The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverine five-player starting group and individual will be determined following the team's practice round at French Lick. However, heading to the event include: 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), freshman Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS).
Indiana Has Special Meaning
The last time U-M was in the state of Indiana was 2010, when Ashley Bauer (2007-10) played in the NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ind. Previous to that, the Wolverines competed twice in the Hoosier State, placing seventh at the Big Ten Championships and earning fifth at the Lady Northern during the 2008-09 season.
The Neutral Zone
The men's and women's Big Ten Golf Championships will be played on a neutral site for the first time in league history. The French Lick Resort was chosen as the host site over the next three years (2012, '13, '14). It will also mark the first time that both the men and women will compete at the same time and on a neutral site -- April 27-29, 2012. The men's championships will be contested on the award-winning Pete Dye course, and the women's event will be held on the historic Donald Ross Course.
What a Start to the Fall Season
With Michigan's third-place finish in the season opening Mary Fossum Invitational, followed by a fourth-place finish at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational, the Wolverines have back-to-back top-five finishes for the first time since the 2008-09 fall season. In fact, during the fall of 2008, U-M had three straight top-five finishes -- Windy City Collegiate (third), Lady Northern Invitational (fifth) and the Landfall Tradition (tie-third).
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.
Making Waves in 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. The Wolverines followed that performance by putting three individuals in the top 25 at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational.
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. So far this fall, she is averaging 76.33 per round, which is tops for the Wolverines.
Miss Consistency is Back
Alyssa Shimel has posted two top-20 finishes this season, with her tie for 15th at the Mary Fossum Invitational and her tie for 17th at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational. Shimel is second on the Wolverines with a 77.67 scoring average. Last year as a freshman, she posted nine of her 11 54-hole totals in the 230-to-235 range including five 233s and closed with a 77.76 per round average.
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)
Sun-Tue., Oct. 16-18 -- at Susie Maxwell Berning Classic (Norman, Okla.)
Mon-Tue., Nov. 7-8 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423