Oct. 9, 2013
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Sat-Sun., Oct. 12-13 -- at Diane Thomason Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
Next on the Tee: Diane Thomason Invitational
The University of Michigan women's golf team's fall season continues with the Wolverines' first trip to Iowa City, Iowa, in a little more than a decade. The Maize and Blue will participate in Iowa's Diane Thomason Invitational, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 12-13). The two-day, 54-hole event will be held at Finkbine Golf Course on campus. The tournament will be played in a 5-count-4 format with Finkbine set up for a par of 72 and 6,212 yards.
The Tournament Field
The Diane Thomason Invitational will feature a 12-team field, including Augusta State, Campbell, Chattanooga, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Ohio State, South Florida and Wisconsin.
The Tournament Schedule
Friday, Oct. 11 -- Registration and Practice Round -- 10 and 10:10 a.m. CDT
Saturday, Oct. 12 -- First Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m. CDT, shotgun start
Saturday, Oct. 12 -- Second Round (18) -- continuous play following completion of first round
Sunday, Oct. 13 -- Final Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m. CDT, shotgun start
The Tournament Lineup
Michigan will travel six players to Iowa. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be senior Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS), sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS) and freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS). Senior Alicia Weber (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) will compete as an individual.
The last time Michigan competed at Iowa's Finkbine Golf Course in 2003 on its way to placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships. U-M also played there earlier that season, finishing fourth at the 2002 Lady Northern Invitational in the fall.
Lauren Grogan has been the top finishing Wolverine in each of the two fall events. She has posted back-to-back top-25 finishes, closing 25th at the Mercedes-Benz Championship and tying for 19th at the Challenge at Onion Creek. She leads U-M with a 74.20 scoring average.
Michigan has had the same starting five in all three events this season.
Alicia Weber will play in her first event of the season, as an invited individual. Last season, she started six of her seven events and was a co-medalist at the Wolverine Intercollegiate at the U-M Golf Course.
After starting all 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has played in every event this season. Overall, she has started 15 straight events for U-M.
Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel are U-M's most experienced players with 32 events played in their respective careers. Shimel has started all 32 of her career events, while Lee has 29 starts.
Though it is just two events, Catherine Peters is averaging 76.20 per round, nearly three strokes better than last season's average of 79.25. Some of the credit goes to a new putting stance she is continuing to work on with U-M head coach Jan Dowling.
U-M has been represented in NCAA regional competition by the team or an individual in 10 of the last 13 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07, '09, '11 and '12.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan finished ninth at the Challenge at Onion Creek held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas. U-M closed with a 915 total and was led by Lauren Grogan's 224 event total, which tied her for 19th individually. Grace Choi had a career-best, one-over 71 in the final round. [ Recap ]
Sun-Mon., Oct. 27-28 -- at Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
Sun-Tue., Feb. 16-18 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, P.R.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423