Week #5: Michigan to Close Fall Season with Challenge at Onion Creek
Alyssa Shimel

Nov. 4, 2011

Mon-Tue., Nov. 7-8 -- at Challenge at Onion Creek (Austin, Texas)
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Next on the Tournament Tee
The University of Michigan women's golf team will close its fall season heading to Austin, Texas, Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 7-8) for Texas State's Challenge at Onion Creek. Featuring a 14-team field, the 54-hole event will be played at the Onion Creek Golf Club. Scoring will be five players; count the low four scores each round. Onion Creek will be set up for a par 70 and 6,063 yards.

The Tournament Field
There will be 14 teams in the field for the 2011 Challenge at Onion Creek, including: Arkansas-Little Rock, Augusta State, College of Charleston, Columbia, East Carolina, Indiana, McNeese State, Michigan, Montana, Texas State, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio, Washington State and Xavier.

The Tournament Schedule
Sunday, November 6 -- Practice Round, begins with a shotgun start, 12:30 a.m. CST
Monday, November 7 -- First Round (18), begins with a shotgun start, 8 a.m. CST
Monday, November 7 -- Second Round (18), continuous play from
Tuesday, November 8 -- Final Round (18), begins with a shotgun start, 8 a.m. CST

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 Lauren Grogan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson HS) and freshman Linda Luo (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS).

Maize and Blue History at Onion Creek
Michigan will be making its third straight appearance at the Challenge at Onion Creek. In 2009, the Wolverines posted the second-best 54-hole tournament total in U-M history with an 877 tally. In 2010, U-M posted the lowest single-round team total in history with a 285 in the second round.

Michigan at the Challenge at Onion Creek
2010: t-7th (290-285-324/899)
2009: 15th (294-292-291/877)

Meagan Bauer
2010: t-11th (75-69-77/221)
2009: t-84th (79-73-76/228)

Yugene Lee
2010: t-43rd (73-74-84/231)

Alyssa Shimel
2010: t-56th (74-76-84/234)


What a Start to the Fall Season
Michigan has posted three straight top-five finishes during its 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).

Becoming a Force
Yugene Lee has three straight top-25 individual finishes so far this 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 76.00 per round in her second season, which is nearly two and a half strokes better than all of last year.

Breaking Through with Individual Title
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 are the first sisters to win individual titles in Michigan history.

Shattering the Career Best
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.

Resetting the Career Best Numbers
Alyssa Shimel posted a career-best 54-hole tournament total after posting a 226 total at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. She topped her previous best score by four shots -- a 230 at the 2011 Central District Classic. Shimel is averaging 77.33 per round, which is third best on the Wolverines.

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)

Saturday, Jan. 28 -- at Alumni Match (Naples, Fla.)
Sun-Tue., Feb. 12-14 -- at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423