Week #5: Wolverines to Close Fall Season with Challenge at Onion Creek

Oct. 28, 2010

• Mon-Tue., Nov. 1-2 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)
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Next on the Tee
As the fall season is coming to a close, the University of Michigan women's golf team will head to Austin, Texas, for Challenge at Onion Creek, Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 1-2). The 15-team field will play the 54-hole event at the Onion Creek Country Club. Monday will begin with 36 holes, followed by a final 18 on Tuesday. Both days will begin with shotgun starts. Scoring for the tournament will be five players; count the low four scores each round. The Onion Creek Country Club will be set up for a par 70 and 6,063 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 15 teams in the field for the Challenge at Onion Creek, including: Arkansas-Little Rock, Augusta State, Coastal Carolina, Denver, Eastern Michigan, Gonzaga, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Iowa, Kennesaw State, Michigan, San Francisco, Texas State and Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Oct. 31: Practice Round - teams playing throughout the day
Monday, Nov. 1: First Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. CST
Monday, Nov. 1: Second Round (18) will be a continuous play following the first round
Tuesday, Nov. 2: Final Round (18) begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CST

The Tournament Lineup
The Wolverines will travel five starters for the final fall event. Starting for the Maize and Blue will be senior Min Yean Tan (Penang Island, Malaysia/Hills International College [Australia]), junior Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), freshman Yugene Lee (Athens, Ga./Oconee County), freshman Chelsea Pezzola (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal Prep) and freshman Alyssa Shimel (Pemberville, Ohio/Eastwood).

Follow the Leader
After four fall events, Min Yean Tan has finished as the top Wolverine in three of them and leads U-M with a 75.67 scoring average. Tan, who has yet to miss a start in her career, has closed with three top-20 performances, including a career-best tie for third at the Wolverine Invitational, where she was able to tie her career best for a single round with a 71 in the second round. Tan has led U-M at an event seven times.

Rookies Get the Start
Yugene Lee, Chelsea Pezzola and Alyssa Shimel are all expected to start at the Challenge at Onion Creek, marking the first time the freshman trio will do so this season. Shimel, who has started all four fall events, is averaging 78.75 per round, while Lee has two starts and is averaging 80.44. Pezzola will make her first collegiate start after playing in two events as an individual this season.

Setting the Mark, Yet Again
Min Yean Tan tied her career-best single-round tally with her even-par 71 in the second round of the season-opening Wolverine Invitational. Overall, she has tallied the round five times in her career, with four of them coming last season. She currently leads U-M with a 76.67 per-round average. In addition, she continued her streak of consecutive starts as she in now up to 38. She has yet to miss a start in her entire career.

Getting Better with Each Round
So far this season, Meagan Bauer has descended all of her round scores with each tournament in three of the four fall events. She opened the season posting rounds of 78, 77 and 76 at the Wolverine Invitational, followed by an 81, 80 and 78 at the Mary Fossum Invitational and before tallying rounds of 79, 79 and 74 at the Notre Dame Invitational. In the Lady Northern, she snapped her streak, opening with a 79, following with a 71 and closing with a 78. However, the second-round 71 did tie a career best for a single round for the junior. She is averaging 77.50 per round this season.

Making the Move in the Second Round
The Wolverines' top four rounds this season have all been shot in the second round of the campaign's four tournaments. In fact, U-M is averaging 306.75 per second round, five shots better than the third round (311.25) and nearly six better than the first (311.50). Overall, the Maize and Blue is scoring at a 310.78 clip per team round this season.

The Maize and Blue Postseason Resume
Michigan has been represented in NCAA regional competition by the U-M team or an individual in eight of the last 10 seasons, making team appearances in 2001, '02, '05, '07 and '09. Laura Olin (2004), Amy Schmucker (2006) and Ashley Bauer (2010) have made central regional appearances as individuals. In 2002, the Wolverines finished sixth at the central regional in East Lansing, Mich., to advance to their first NCAA Finals, where the Maize and Blue finished 17th.

A Very Full Showcase
Michigan has 31 tournament titles in the history of the program. Of those 31 titles, 12 have been won during the last seven years -- two in 2003-04, four in 2004-05, one in 2005-06, two in 2006-07, none in 2007-08, two in 2008-09 and one in 2009-10.

Sun-Tue., Feb. 13-15 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
Mon-Tue., Feb. 21-22 -- at Central District Classic (Parrish, Fla.)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423