Oct. 8, 2012
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Fri-Sun, Oct. 12-14 -- at Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 8:51 a.m.
Next on the Tee
Fresh off the victory at the Wolverine Invitational, the University of Michigan women's golf team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for North Carolina's Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational (Fri-Sun., Oct. 12-14). The three-day, 54-hole event will feature an 18-team field playing on UNC's Finley Golf Course. Scoring for the Tar Hill Invitational will be five players; count the low four scores each round playing in threesomes. The Finley Golf Course will be set up for a par 72 at 6,285 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 18 teams in the field for the 2012 Tar Heel Invitational, including: No. 35 Arkansas, No. 13 Auburn, No. 42 Baylor, No. 49 Central Florida, Colorado, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Florida, No. 26 Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State, Mississippi, No. 30 North Carolina, No. 16 N.C. State, South Carolina, No. 12 Virginia and No. 45 Wake Forest.
The Tournament Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 11 -- Practice Round -- tee times throughout the day
Friday, Oct. 12 -- First Round (18) begins with tee times at 8:51 a.m. (off #1 and #10)
Saturday, Oct. 13 -- Second Round (18) begins with tee times at 8:51 a.m. (off #1 and #10)
Sunday, Oct. 14 -- Final Round (18) begins with a 9:15 a.m. shotgun
The Wolverine Lineup
Michigan will field a lineup of five at the 2012 Tar Heel Invitational. U-M's sophomore class heads up the squad as Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS) and Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) make up the top half of the U-M starting five. Juniors Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS) and Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS) round out the Maize and Blue team headed to Chapel Hill.
Michigan heads to play at the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The last time the Wolverines played at UNC was during 2001 NCAA East Regional -- U-M's first NCAA postseason appearance. U-M closed its first NCAA postseason appearance with a 12th-place finish but returned in 2002 to the regional the following year and advanced to the program's only NCAA Final appearance.
Michigan will be playing in a prestigious field at the Tar Heel Invitational with 12 of the 18 teams among the top 50, including six in the top 25 and three in the top 10.
The Tar Heel Invitational is the third of four fall events scheduled for Michigan.
Yugene Lee, Lauren Grogan, Linda Luo and Devon Compton have started all three events this season. Alyssa Shimel will make her first start of the season at the Tar Heel Invitational.
In two events, Linda Luo has posted two top-10 finishes -- finishing third at the Mary Fossum Invitational and tying for sixth at the Wolverine Invitational. She leads U-M with a 75.00 per-round scoring average, three shots better than the next closest Wolverine.
Alicia Weber captured her first career medalist honor by winning the Wolverine Invitational, playing as an individual. A transfer from Cal Poly, her prior best finish was runner-up at the 2010 Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational.
Lauren Grogan posted her first career top-five finish, placing exactly fifth at the Wolverine Invitational. Her prior best finish was tying for ninth at last year's Big Ten Championships (April 27-29, 2012).
With her even-par 71 in the second round of the Wolverine Invitational, Devon Compton set a new career-best single-round tally. She bettered her 73 in the second round of the 2011 Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational.
With the win at the Wolverine Invitational, Michigan recorded its 32nd team title in program history and second under head coach Cheryl Stacy. In 28 women's golf events played on the U-M Golf Course, Michigan has claimed 10 team titles and nine individual titles. This season, Michigan finished with six players among the top 20 -- four starters and two individuals.
Michigan will carry nine players this season, none of which will comprise a senior class. The Wolverines will carry four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.
Michigan has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 12 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
On how practice has been going since the team's first win ... "Practice has been going really well. We are definitely trying to focus on our short game because Coach (Stacy) pointed out, and I agree, that we have been putting a lot of pressure on our putting, but if we get our short-game better then we won't have to feel the pressure as much and it will be a lot easier for us to score."
On if the first win has influenced the team's spirit ... "I believe it did. It is always great and that was my first team win in my career here, so that was definitely exciting. Now, we're just looking to build off that first win and continue that spin as we go on to the rest of our fall season."
On how her season has been going ... "I am just trying to have fun this year. I have been trying to take a little more pressure off myself and my game because when I relax and have fun I find that I play better. So I am happy so far, and obviously there are still things that can be improved on and always can be worked on, but I am happy so far and hope to just continue with that."
On her bubbly and talkative personality ... "That is just what I do. I don't like to have a silent round because if we're going to spend 10 hours together I feel it's just best to get to know each other. I don't like to go overboard either. I remember at our event I tried to say thank you to all of the volunteers and everyone that helped out because they do so much for us and I know that I'd like to be talked to also. You just have to have fun, that's the way I see it."
On the funniest thing that has ever happened to her on the golf course ... "Well it wasn't in a tournament, but one time I accidentally got my ball stuck in a pine tree on the 18th hole and I didn't exactly know what to do about it. Alyssa (Shimel) was playing with me at the time and we just tried to shake the branches until the ball game down. With this team, I have so many moments that I could talk about and that is just another great thing I can take from this because it is not just about building a golf career, it's about having great relationships with the team as well."
On one thing people don't know about her... "Well, the team knows, but I often get a lot of flak for the size of my feet. I used to play basketball and I always got in trouble for stepping on the line when I shot threes and so that is kind of a big thing. Everyone calls me 'Big Foot' and I just try to make a joke about it because there is nothing I can do about it. I remember when the guys found out this they were like, 'What? I can fit into your shoes.'"
On what size shoe she wears ... "Well I try to get my golf shoes a little snug, but I can wear men's size 12 at times; it just depends on the shoe. So that is something most people don't know about me. I try to put it out there though, so they don't have to say it."
LAST TIME OUT (Sat-Sun., Sept. 22-23)
Highlighted by Alicia Weber's co-medalist honor, Michigan tallied a 930 event total to tie with Florida International for the team title at the Wolverine Invitational held at the U-M Golf Course. With the win, Michigan recorded its 32nd team title in program history and second under head coach Cheryl Stacy. Playing as an individual, Weber (75-76-76) claimed her first career medalist honor and U-M's 27th in program history. Overall, the Wolverine finished with six players among the top 20 -- four starters and two individuals. [ Recap ]
Sun-Mon., Oct. 28-29 -- at Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
Saturday, Jan. 26 -- Alumni Match (Naples, Fla.)
Sun-Tue., Feb. 10-12 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, P.R.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423