U-M Women in NC for Bryan National Collegiate
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Fri-Sun., March 31-April 2 -- at Bryan National Collegiate (Browns Summit, N.C.)
Next on the Tee: Bryan National Collegiate
The University of Michigan women's golf team returns to action after three weeks of training. The Wolverines will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, Friday through Sunday (March 31-April 2) for the Bryan National Collegiate hosted by UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest. The three-day, 54-hole event will featured an eight-team field and be played at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The course will be set up for a par 72 with 6,386 yards.
The Bryan National Collegiate Field
There will be eight teams competing in the Bryan National Collegiate, including No. 3 Alabama, Colorado State, No. 10 Georgia, No. 17 Miami, No. 37 Michigan, Notre Dame, No. 34 Oregon and UNC Greensboro.
The Bryan National Collegiate Schedule
Wednesday, March 29 -- Travel Day
Thursday, March 30 -- Practice Round, 9:40 a.m. (No. 1 tee)
Friday, March 31 -- First Round (18), 8:30 a.m. (tee times off No. 1 with Miami and Georgia)
Saturday, April 1 -- Second Round (18), 8:30 a.m. (tee times off No. 1 and 10)
Sunday, April 2 -- Final Round (18), 8:30 a.m. (shotgun)
The Bryan National Collegiate Line-Up
Michigan will bring five starters to the Bryan National Collegiate. Traveling to North Carolina will be senior Grace Choi, juniors Megan Kim and Emily White, sophomore Elodie Van Dievoet and freshmen Alisa Snyder.
History at Bryan National Collegiate
Michigan made its first appearance in the Bryan National Collegiate last year, finishing 11th with a 926, 54-hole total. Kathy Lim led the Wolverines tying for eighth (224), while Grace Choi tied for 42nd (232). In addition, Megan Kim tied for 51st (236), and Emily White tied for 65th (242). [ Recap ]
• U-M has shown no signs of stopping its improvement. The Wolverines are putting together a 294.94 per-round team average, which is just below last year's record (295.56). Elodie Van Dievoet (73.00) and Megan Kim (74.28) are in a battle for the individual scoring lead with Grace Choi just behind at 74.33. Overall, there have been 15 individual sub-par individual rounds -- led by Van Dievoet's six.
• In her second season, Elodie Van Dievoet has dropped just under 4.2 strokes from her rookie campaign (77.20) as she is on a school-record pace of 73.00. In her last event, she fired a career-best 67 (-5) in the final round of the Meadow Club Women's Intercollegiate (March 6-7). Overall, she has posted four of U-M's five sub-70 rounds this season. In addition, Van Dievoet has set new career best for 36- (150) and 54-hole (211, -5) tournament totals and is one of four Wolverines to start all seven events. Of those seven starts, she has finished as the top Wolverine in five events, including all three spring events.
• With three sub-par rounds, Elodie Van Dievoet recorded a career-best 211 (-5) total at the Cougar Classic -- lowering her previous best by 11 shots. She started with a career-best-tying 69 (-3) and followed with back-to-back 71s (-1) to record her new best for a 54-hole tournament total. For her effort, she was named the Big Ten's Golfer of the Week.
• Grace Choi is expected to make her 38th career start at the Bryan National Intercollegiate. In 37 starts, she has 13 top-20 individual finishes. She carries a U-M-record pace 74.81 scoring average and holds U-M records for a single round (65, -7, tie), 36-hole total (139, -5) and 54-hole total (205, -11, tie). Last season, Choi helped the Wolverines to their first regional appearance in four years and advanced to the NCAA Finals for the just the second time in program history.
• With storms making the Trinity Forest Country Club unplayable, the tournament's final round was canceled, helping U-M close the fall with its first team title of the season at Baylor's Trinity Forest Invitational. U-M was led by Elodie Van Dievoet and Emily White, whose rounds of 75 tied for sixth place. The team title is the first since 2012, 33rd in team history and first under third-year head coach Jan Dowling.
• Emily White tied for third, along with teammate Elodie Van Dievoet, at the Hurricane Invitational (Feb. 27-March 1). White posted a season-best 213 (-3) event total after a season-low 70 (-2) in the first round. She followed with rounds of 72 (E) and 71 (-1). In her third season, she is averaging 75.56 per round, just off her career-best set last season (75.34).
• In her second career start at the spring opening Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 12-14), Alisa Snyder posted a career-best 73 (+1) in the second round and tied for 30th individually with a career-best 225 54-hole total. In her first season, the Arizona native has started four of her six events and is averaging 76.20 per round.
• Emily White and Kathy Lim went undefeated (2-0) during the season-opening East & West Match Play. After going 0-2 in last year's event, White rebounded to open the season with her two victories. For Lim, she has remained on a roll in match play. Going 0-5-1 as a freshman, she is 4-0 over the last two seasons, including winning the individual bracket at the 2015 East & West hosted in Wisconsin.
• With all the research completed, it appears Wolverine newcomer Alisa Snyder is the first left-handed women's golfer in program history. The men's program has had three known lefties -- Kevin Dore (2004-07), Brett McIntosh (2013-16) and current senior Reed Hrynewich.
• In addition to being lefties, Alisa Snyder and Reed Hrynewich are each fraternal twins. In fact, both sets of twins are collegiate golfers. Snyder's twin brother, Jack, is a freshman at New Mexico State, while Hrynewich's twin sister, Hailey, will be a senior at Ohio.
• A 2016 summer highlight for the Wolverines was Grace Choi's 3-and-2 victory over No. 11 seeded Julie Houston, giving Choi the 2016 Women's Texas Golf Association State Amateur Championship. It was the first amateur title for her golfing career. [ Recap ]
NEXT ON THE TEE
Sat-Sun., April 15-16 -- at Lady Buckeye Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)
Fri-Sun., April 21-23 -- at Big Ten Championships (Maineville, Ohio)