This Week in Michigan Women's Golf: Palmetto Intercollegiate

Oct. 24, 2013

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Sun-Mon., Oct. 27-28 -- at Palmetto Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
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Next on the Tee: Palmetto Intercollegiate
The University of Michigan women's golf team will close its fall season at the end of the month when the Wolverines travel to Kiawah, S.C., Sunday and Monday, Oct. 27-28 for the College of Charleston's Palmetto Intercollegiate. The two-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Turtle Point Golf Course. The tournament will be played in a 5-count-4 format with the course set up for a par 72, 5,972 yards.

The Tournament Field
The Palmetto Intercollegiate will feature a 19-team field, including Augusta State, Bucknell, Charleston Southern, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Charleston, East Tennessee, Eastern Michigan, Elon, Georgia State, Illinois, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri State, South Florida and Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- Registration, Practice Round, Coaches Meeting -- times throughout the day
Sunday, Oct. 27 -- First Round (18) -- 8:30 a.m., shotgun
Sunday, Oct. 27 -- Second Round (18) -- continuous play following completion of first round
Monday, Oct. 28 -- Final Round (18) -- 8:45 a.m., shotgun

The Tournament Lineup
Michigan will travel a five-player squad. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be sophomore Catherine Peters (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence HS), senior Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood HS), senior Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep), freshman Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) and junior Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS).


• The Palmetto Intercollegiate is Michigan's final fall event. Overall, U-M will have competed in four early season events. Following the winter break, the Wolverines will begin their spring season with the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in mid-February.

• In addition to the women's event at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, the Michigan men's golf team will also be in Kiawah Island, S.C., during the weekend. The men's team will be competing in its fall finale, Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 27-29, at the Invitational at the Ocean Course at the famed Ocean Course.

• Michigan returns to the College of Charleston's event for the second straight season. Last year, the Wolverines tied for fourth with an 894 total at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, held at the Oak Pointe Golf Club. Current Wolverines Lauren Grogan (t-23rd), Alicia Weber (t-32nd), Devon Compton (t-39th), Catherine Peters (t-50th) and Chelsea Pezzola (t-32nd, individual) all competed in the event. [ Recap ]

• Michigan has one other appearance at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. In 2004, Michigan finished as the runner-up with an 885 total at the Oak Pointe Golf Course. [ Recap ]

Catherine Peters has started all four events this fall season and will play as U-M's No. 1 player to begin this week's Palmetto Intercollegiate.

• After starting all 10 events last season, Lauren Grogan has continued playing in every event this season. Overall, she has started her last 16 straight events for U-M. Yugene Lee and Alyssa Shimel are U-M's most-experienced players with 33 career events. Of those 33 tournaments, Shimel has started all 33 of her career events, while Lee has 30 starts.

• Though three events, Catherine Peters is shooting 78.13 per round, nearly a shot 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 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.

With a 946 final team total, Michigan finished 11th at the Diane Thomason Invitational held at the Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa. Alyssa Shimel used a total of 234 (79-80-75) to lead the Wolverines, tying for 31st individually. [ Recap ]

Sun-Tue., Feb. 16-18 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, P.R.)
Mon-Wed., March 3-5 -- at Hurricane Invitational (Miami, Fla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423