Oct. 14, 2011
Sun-Tue., Oct. 16-18 -- at Susie Maxwell Berning Classic (Norman, Okla.)
Next on the Tournament Tee
With three top-five finishes to start off the fall season, the University of Michigan women's golf team will head to Norman, Okla., Sunday through Tuesday (Oct. 16-18), to play in the 2011 Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. Featuring a 17-team field the 54-hole event will be played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. Scoring will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Selected teams will be allowed to bring an invited individual. The Austin OU Golf Club will be set up for a par 72 and 6,327 yards.
The Tournament Field
There will be 17 teams in the field for the 2011 Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, including: Coastal Carolina, Florida International, Florida State, Kansas State, Kansas, Kennesaw State, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Redlands C.C., Texas A&M, Texas San Antonio, Texas State, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.
The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 15 -- Practice Round, begins with a tee time start, Noon CT
Sunday, Oct. 16 -- First Round (18), begins with a tee time start, 10:20 a.m. CT
Monday, Oct. 17 -- Second Round (18), begins with a tee time start, 8 a.m. CT
Tuesday, Oct. 18 -- Final Round (18), begins with a shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. CT
The First Day Tournament Pairings
9 a.m. - Texas A&M, New Mexico, Kennesaw State
9:40 a.m. - Oklahoma, Florida State, Redlands
10:20 a.m. - Kansas State, Florida International, MTSU
9 a.m. - Coastal Carolina, UTSA, Texas Tech
9:40 a.m. - Texas State, Kansas, Wisconsin
10:20 a.m. - Michigan, Oral Roberts, Individuals
The Tournament Lineup
Michigan's five-member starting group at the 2011 Susie Maxwell Berning Classic includes: senior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), sophomore Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County HS), sophomore Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), freshman Devon Compton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek HS) and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS).
Did You Know?
The Wolverines will make the program's first trip to the state of Oklahoma this weekend.
What a Start to the Fall Season
Michigan has posted three straight top-five finishes to start the fall season -- third at Mary Fossum Invitational, fourth at Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational and third at the Lady Northern. It marks the first time a U-M team has accomplished that feat since the 2008-09 season. U-M had three straight top-five finishes in the fall of 2008 -- Windy City Collegiate (third), Lady Northern Invitational (fifth) and the Landfall Tradition (tie-third).
Bauer Rises to Top of the Leaderboard
Meagan Bauer's medalist honor at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate marked the 26th overall time a U-M player has won an individual title and is the first for a Wolverine since the 2009-10. The last Wolverine to win an individual title was Meagan's sister, Ashley (2007-10), who won the 2010 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. Bauer is the 15th different Wolverine in history to win medalist honors at a tournament. Meagan and her sister Ashley become the first sisters to win individual titles in Michigan history.
Career Bests Lead Bauer to Title
En route to Meagan Bauer's medalist honor at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate, she bettered previous career-best 54-hole total by eight strokes, shooting a 213 (73-72-68) compared to the 221 (75-69-77) at the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek. Bauer's final-round 68 beat her previous career best of one-under 69 in the second round of the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek.
Becoming a Force
Yugene Lee has posted three straight top-25 individual finishes on the season -- medalist runner-up at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tied for 21st at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational and tied for 11th at the Lady Northern. She is averaging 75.89 per round in her second season, which is nearly two and a half strokes better than all of last year.
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 and three individuals in the top 20 at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate, including Bauer's medalist honor.
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 averaging 78.00 per round and closed with 54-hole totals of 230, 236 and 236. 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)
Mon-Tue., Nov. 7-8 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)
Saturday, Jan. 28 -- Alumni Match (Naples, Fla.)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423