10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 27, 1998
Inexperience characterized Michigan women's golf's season.
By Michael Kern
For the Daily
With a team of eight freshmen, four sophomores and just
one senior, the Michigan women's golf team's season has been
characterized by youth and inexperience.
Throughout the season, inconsistency and a lack of a reg-
ular lineup plagued the Wolverines in their pursuit to become
a one of the top teams in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines' season began in East Lansing for the
Mary Fossum/Spartan Invitational. Michigan finished the
tournament tied for fifth, and third out of four Big Ten teams.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert called it neither a great nor
a terrible performance, but it was something to build upon.
Teichert said, the tournament was a chance to find out who
would play in future tournaments.
"At that particular point, I wasn't sure if we had our best
lineup in there or not," Teichert said. "We were a very young
team looking to see who would play."
The Wolverines' second tournament of the year was the
Lady Northern Invitational in West Lafayette. The Lady
Northern could be called nothing short of a disaster, as the
Wolverines finished 10th of I1 teams in their most inconsis-
tent performance of the season.
Michigan posted its worst scores of the season, shooting
324-352-327. Teichert said the second day of the tournament
saw some of the highest scores the team has ever recorded.
"It was a day in which not one single player was able to
come through with anything," Teichert said. "It was very dis-
The next tournament of the season for the Wolverines was
at home, in the Wolverine Invitational. The inconsistency con-
tinued, as Michigan posted scores of 330-329.
Although they finished fourth overall in the tournament,
the Wolverines were inconsistent in their short game and did
not post the scores they were capable of shooting.
The Wolverine Invitational did produce the best individual
performance of the season for the Wolverines, as senior
Sharon Park finished second, shooting 76-80. Freshman Misia
Lemanski also stepped it up for the Wolverines, finishing 15th
with scores of 83-82.
"Each tournament we added someone new," Teichert said.
"We added either one or two new players and substituted try-
ing to find the combination that would best work for our team
and that would provide the best scores.
In their final tournament of the fall, at the Notre Dame
Invitational in Bonita Springs, Fla., the Wolverines turned in
their best performance of the season.
They shot their two lowest scores of the season, 315-316,
and finished seventh in the tournament. Lemanski also turned
in her best performance of the year, finishing tied for sixth
with scores of 76-76.
"I was very happy with" our consistency, Teichert said. "I
wish we had another day to play again."
The time off between tournaments caused the turnaround
in Michigan's performance, Teichert said.
After the Lady Northern Invitational, the Wolverines had
three weeks to practice and work on their game before the next
tournament. Teichert said Michigan's greatest weakness in
their first few tournaments was the short game, and they spent
those three weeks concentrating on chipping and putting. The
practice paid dividends in the Notre Dame Invitational. The
Wolverines were able to use their improved short games to
post lower scores.
"Misia only hit six greens in regulation and on six out of
eight opportunities to get up and down, she did," Teichert said.
"Working and striving on her short game really helped her and
helped all of the girls' games."
Michigan used the fall season to develop young players
and to find a lineup that can consistently post low scores and
give the team a chance to win.
The progress of Lemanski and fellow freshmen Stephanie
MacAdams was the most visible. At the beginning of the sea-
son, neither of the two players was posting good enough
scores to even travel with the team.
But in the Notre Dame Invitational, the two freshman
notched the best scores for the Wolverines, finishing sixth and
15th, respectively. Teichert had good things to say about the
development of all of the players on the team, but wanted to
keep things in perspective.
"They can be better than they are," Teichert said. "I think
there is still a lot of golf in them and there are still a lot of good
shots to be made and low scores to post."
The Wolennes used this season not only to develop
individual skills, but to develop as a team as well. With so
many new players, the Wolverines had to develop team
"As a team we have gotten a lot closer,' freshman Bess
Bowers said. "At the beginning of the season, we didn't know
each other very well. We've gotten to know each other a lot
better through team bonding."
Michigan plans to take the next couple of days off to allow
the players to finish their midterms before it begins its winter
workouts. In the offseason, they plan to lift weights three times
a week and do cardiovascular work. They also will do individ-
ual skill instruction with Teichert.
Once the weather begins to warm up again in the spring,
the Wolverines will start hitting balls and preparing for the
"There are a few tournaments where we start off against
Big Ten teams," Teichert said, "The Indiana and Iowa tourna-
ments will show us how much we have improved before the
Big Ten Tournament"
Michigan has high hopes that its hard work in the offsea-
son will pay off
"We are a really young team and we are learning a lot;'
MacAdams said. "I think that whenever we go back in the
spring we will learn a lot from our coach, and we will do real-
ly well next season."
Wolverines finish seventh in Bonita Springs
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by 28 strokes this weekend over their
home tournament just two weekends
ago, the Wolverine Invitational.
Among the many things that Teichert
was expecting the Wolverines to
improve on was their short game.
Getting the ball on the green from 40-
60 yards out is a strength the team has
In addition, there has been a greater
emphasis on getting the ball up and
down, and also a consistent putting
game, which would lead to lower stroke
After a dazzling performance on
Friday, the Wolverines' fifth-place score
of 315 was good enough to keep them
in contention heading into the final
round on Saturday. But the team strug-
gled getting the ball on the green in
early shots, creating problems for
One of the underlying themes of this
season for the Wolverines has been the
outstanding play of a few freshmen
"This is a young team with a ton of
talent. I am very optimistic about this
spring," Park said.
Freshman Misha Lemanski had a
remarkable finish, tying for sixth place
in the field of 84. Her consecutive-
round scores of 76 provided the best
individual performance for any
Wolverine this season.
"My putting game proved to be my
strong point this weekend," Lemanski
said. "I am happy that my performance
was able to contribute to my teams final
result. Luckily, I was able to withstand
constant pressure in hitting key shots in
The Michigan freshman onslaught
didn't stop there.
Making her Wolverine debut was yet
another freshman, Stephanie
MacAdams. Her first- and second-
round scores of 79 and 78 put her in a
tie for 15th, and have Teichert looking
forward to many encore performances.
Despite the performances of the
freshman duo, it was Park who couldn't
find success on the course this week-
end. She played well on the front nine,
but couldn't seem to find her 'swing' on
the back nine.
Park said it was her most dismal and
weakest outing on a golf course in her
four years with the team. Park shot a
combined score of 169.
"Sharon is a tough competitor. I am
not worried about her," Teichert said.
"She will be back and ready to play
The entire winter will be used to
work on weaknesses, and prepare for
the spring season. The team will need to
work on getting stronger, both mentally
and physically, Teichert said,
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Mortimer finished out his junior year
by improving to IIth at the NCAA
cross country Championships, once
again earning All-America status.
But when asked what his biggest
highlights have been thus far in his
young running career, Mortimer didn't
mention any of his numerous individ-
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how he felt lucky to have represented
his country in this summer's Goodwill
Games, and his University in '96's
World University Games in Sicily,
That's the type of person Mortimer
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concerned with his role as a leader and
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"I'm here to get my degree first and
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