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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 29, 1998 -17

Inexperience
struggles at L
By Michael Kern 88-player field. Of
For the Daily playing in the tourna
he Michigan women's golf team's the most from the
performance this weekend at Lady struggles.
Northern Intercollegiate Golf tourna- Park was followe
ment in West Lafayette was marked by Bowers who tied for
inconsistency, as it finished 10th in a 249. Close behind
14-team field with a score of 1003. Misia Lemanski wh
All II Big Ten teams participated in 40th with a score of
this weekend's tournament, giving the Lemanski, in the
Wolverines their first chance to measure the Wolverines, flew
themselves against the conference, her first round, sho
Michigan State won the tournament was unable to maint
with a score of 947, edging out Indiana finishing with score
our strokes. . Sophomore Trish
The Wolverines were trying to follow in 58th place with
up on their fifth-place finish at the Mary freshmen Le A
Fossum/Spartan Invitational in East Stephanie Bezilla
Lansing two weeks ago but were unsuc- Michigan scoring i
cessful. 60th and 69th respe
They struggled in the second day of a of 263 and 268.
three-day tournament shooting scores of Michigan coach K
324 and 327 on Friday and Sunday, extremely windy co
respectively. of intercollegiate
heir score of 352 on Saturday, how- Michigan's disapp
Mr, was the worst of the three days by Teichert said she be
25 strokes. needs to stay more fe
While senior Sharon Park was out outside distracti
Michigan's top finisher, her score of 247 "We can't control
was good for only a 31st-place tie in an the wind," Teichert
Positive attitud
By ita Sdvastava
Sports Writer
'uccess in golf can be achieved by two things - skill and
a positive attitude. Without the latter, however, the amount
of skill someone has is irrelevant. Once a golfer gets flus-
tered, it is extremely difficult to recover and gain composure
d control.
The Michigan women's golf team has suffered some set-
acks in the beginning of'its season. Michigan coach Kathy
Teichert that was not due to a lack of skill because the
Wolverines have a great deal of talent.
ichigan's challenge at this point is dealing with the
iperience that comes with such a young team.
"Overall, we are a very young team with a whole lot of
alent," Teichert said. "But, because they are young, they are
ITpressionable, so particularly this year, it is important to
eep up their confidence."
Teichert is still in the process of reviewing the players to
ee whom she will choose as the top three or four. This task,
'owever, could take all season. At this point, the Wolverines
re just establishing their strengths and weaknesses and try-
*ng to gain experience competing.
FRESHMEN UP TO PAR: Although much of Michigan's dif-
f ty this season can be attributed to the inexperience of
theeam as a whole, a few freshmen have stepped up their
ames and have contributed some low scores in both the
partan Invitational on Sept. 12-13 and the Lady Northern
rnvitational this past weekend.
Freshman Bess Bowers was the second Michigan finish-
r,35th overall, in the Lady Northern Invitational. She fin-
'shed with a combined three-round score of 249, just two

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ady Northern

all the Wolverines
ament, Park suffered
team's second-day
d by freshman Bess
35th with a score of
was fellow freshman
o placed in a tie for
f250.
first tournament for
N out of the gates in
oting a 78. But she
ain her strong start,
s of 87 and 85.
Watkins followed
a score of 259, and
nna Wicks and
rounded out the
finishing in tie for
ectively, with scores
Kathy Teichert said,
nditions and a lack
experience led to
ointing showing.
lieves that the team
ocused and to block
ons.
outside factors like
said, "but we can

control the mental and physical aspects
of the game."
Teichert described her team as "tal-
ented, dedicated, motivated and hard
working" and expects to see improve-
ment throughout the year.
"It's a young team and will have its
ups and downs," she said, "We are still
searching for people to come through
and shoot in the 70s. Shooting in the
high 80s and 90s are not what we are
looking for."
Teichert also explained that the team
had not yet reached its full potential and
was confident that it would improve
over the course of the season.
She said freshmen Bess Bowers and
Wicks, along with Watkins, all have the
potential to develop into outstanding
players.
Now the Wolverines are looking
ahead to next weekend when they will
play in their only home tournament of
the year, the Wolverine Invitational, at
the Michigan Golf Course.
"Being back in our home territory
puts us more at ease and makes us more
comfortable" Teichert said, "The sup-
port of our friends and parents will
make a difference.in how we play."

e key for Blue
shots behind senior captain Sharon Park.
"Bess Bowers has been a really good addition to the team
this year," Teichert said. "She played extremely well this
past weekend -- She was very consistent."
Freshmen LeAnna Wicks and Misia Lemanski have also
seen some playing time in the tournaments. Wicks played in
both of the competitions, while Lemanski participated only
in the Lady Northern.
Teichert said it's important to play freshmen, not only so
they can gain experience, but to help establish who can
compete on a weekly basis.
THE COURSE FACTOR: Because golf is not played on the
driving range, where each ball is placed exactly where it is
convenient, the course can be a determining factor in the
attitudes of the players.
If a course is particularly hilly, windy, or has a lot of sand
traps or undulating greens, it can fluster the players.
This was part of the problem for Michigan this weekend.
On Saturday, the wind was difficult for the Wolverines to
handle, which contributed to the high scores by all of the
players.
"The course and the conditions of the course are very
important," Teichert said. "We need to know how to handle
the different types of courses, so we need to keep playing so
we can see who is best for the wide, open courses and who
is best for the tighter courses.
With such a young team, it is difficult to establish so
quickly who is best for each given situation. It could con-
ceivably take the Wolverines all fall to figure it out, but the
process will be beneficial because it will give the players
the confidence and experience they need to get better.

WARREN ZINN/UDaly
Sparked by Julie Froud (above) and Katie McGregor, the Michigan women's cross
country team has assumed its place among the class outfits in the nation. The
most recent poll has Michigan ranked fifth overall,
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