The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 4, 1994 - 13
'Men's golf team suffers first major disappointment of short fall season
Golfers began year with success, but encounter rough green at MSU tourney
By BRIAN SKLAR
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's golf team
concluded a subpar weekend with a
subpar performance at the Northern
Intercollegiate Tournament hosted
by Michigan State Saturday and
The Wolverines finished 11th
among the 19 teams that competed
in a tournament that was shortened
due to inclement weather. The tour-
nament was reduced to 36 total holes
after rain wiped out half of the 36
holes that were to be played Satur-
However, the rain actually had
no adverse effects on Michigan's
The Wolverines stood in fourth
place after Saturday, only two shots
behind Ohio State, which wound up
finishing second at the tournament
to eventual-winner Minnesota.
The team just simply did not
play well Sunday.
"Sunday was definitely our worst
round of the season so far," coach
Jim Carras said. "It was very frus-
Michigan shot a score of 313 in
the second round played Sunday.
The only team to do worse was
Wright State, which eventually fin-
ished last in the tournament.
The Wolverines, though, were
not the only team to do worse in the
Nearly every squad's score in-
creased on Sunday, which makes
Carras feel somewhat more com-
forted about the team's perfor-
"The course was made harder
since the weather was betteron Sun-
day, so it doesn't really bother me,"
What does bother Carras is the
I hope they haven't
lost confidence. We
only had one bad round
and we can't be too
down about it. The first
round was more
indicative of what we
are capable of.'
Men's golf coach
possibility that the team will lose
faith in its abilities because of its
showing this weekend.
"I hope they haven't lost confi-
dence," he said. "We only had one
bad round and we can't be too down
about it. The first round was more
indicative of what we are capable
The team had done well in its
first two meets of the season, in-
cluding a first-place tie at the
Marquette Invitational last week.
Consequently, the team may have
felt the pressure to keep up its high
level of play.
"I think we did pressure because
we played -so well before," Carras
explained. "Everyone tried to do
more than they could."
- Michigan's Kyle Dobbs and
Chris Brockway tied for 14th over-
all and were the team's top two
finishers. Both finished with a score
The Wolverines will try to re-
group this week and regain any lost
They will continue to practice
on their short games, an area the
team has had problems with in the
Henry David Thoreau
"Hey, that's not a bad idea'.'
By JAMES GOLDSTEIN
For the gaily
Like aspelling bee participant who
gets the first few words correct until
bowing out just before qualifying for
the final round, Michigan almost made
it. The women's tennis team fought
valiantly and just missed qualifying
for the SkyTel National Clay Cour
Championships in Jackson, Miss.
No, they didn't have to go there to,
spell Mississippi, but after las
Thursday's matches, the Wolverines
came out of the qualifying rounds
spelling words such as grind, opti-
mism and expectation.
Sophomores Sarah Cyganiak and:
Bojanna Jankovic made it to the third
round of the preliminaries in singles.
The doubles team of Jankovic and
junior Angie Popek were eliminated
in the first of the qualifying rounds.
Coach Bitsy Ritt was pleased with.
the players' effort and determination.
"It was a good experience," Ritt
said. "The way the girls fought out
those three set matches was very posi-
Cyganiak won two grueling three-
setters before losing in the third quali-
fying round to a player from Miami
Bojanna went the same distance
showing tremendous grit, before sh
Both Ritt and the players too
pride from the way they fought har&
during their matches. If there is one
word that Michigan would master in
the spelling bee, it would be "grind."i
"We talk about grinders," said Ritt,
referring to the type of play she likes.;
"Both Sarah and Bojanna did a good
job in grinding out their matches."
Cyganiak had the same philoso-1
phy. Since she was so close to quali-'
lying for the main draw, which con-
sisted of 28 players, she talked about
the positives from her matches.
"Bojanna and myself, we fought
out two three-setters both on the same
day," Cyganiak said. "There werefour
three-set matches on one day.
"That was pretty positive, the fact
that at the beginning of the season, we
haven't played many matches. It was
good to grind out those three-setters."
The Wolverines are now focusing
on the future, looking ahead to the
Notre Dame tournament Friday.
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