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June-July 2013 - Wolverine

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  BIG TEN Championships: women's golf to Michigan's relatively strong start to the tournament — one they couldn't maintain, noted Stacy. "After the first round we felt we were in good shape and in high spirits," Stacy said. "We were in the ballpark. After our second round, it was very disappointing. We thought the momentum was on our side with Lauren and Alyssa playing well, but that second round really got us. We were very up and down. "We would get off to a good start and be in pretty good shape, and then the second nine we let it go. It was kind of indicative of our entire season." While Stacy put some experience on the course to battle other Big Ten squads this year, she featured no seniors on the roster. "It was a unique situation with no seniors," Stacy said. "We never really had the same lineup the entire season. We had a lot of experience, both up and down, that can only help us. We really had to learn things the hard way this year." Certainly Grogan and Shimel can build off their Big Ten Championships efforts, like Michigan's other contributors in French Lick. Sophomore Linda Luo from Bradenton, Fla., finished 40th individually, scoring 77-81-77 to post a three-day total of 235. Freshman Catherine Peters from Clarence, N.Y., tied for 56th place at 241 (78-83-80). Junior Chelsea Pezzola out of Bradenton, Fla., tied for 59th at 243 (80-84-79) and junior Yugene Lee from Athens, Ga., took 68th place with a three-day total of 248 (79-81-88). While U-M finished 10th, it stood 16 strokes out of fifth — in other words, about a bogie per round by the top five. Had the Wolverines replicated some of their first-day scores, they'd have moved up considerably. As it was, Purdue's Paula Reto proved the runaway individual winner, carding a 4-under-par 212 (71-71-70). The next nine finishers found themselves only five strokes apart, with Michigan State's Caroline Powers second at 219 (75-73-71), Penn State's Katlyn Elliott and Michigan State's Christine Meier at 220 (Elliott going 72-75-73 and Meier 75-72-73), and MSU's Allyssa Ferrell winding up fifth at 221 (75-74-72). Despite three golfers in the top five, the Spartans wound up third behind the Wildcats and Boilermakers. Grogan's effort marked the fourth time she's paced the Wolverines this season. Michigan will be looking for more of that in the future, as well as improved performances by a number of the underclassmen that competed in the Big Ten Championships. They'll be doing so under new leadership, after Stacy led them to three appearances in the NCAA Central Regional, twice with the team and once with Ashley Bauer as an individual (2010). Michigan's best Big Ten finish under Stacy came a year ago, when the Wolverines placed fourth. — John Borton

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