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Thursday, April 15, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 13A

Iowa is chance to
tune for Big Tens

Michigan men's
golf heads to Ohio


Aru. Sopns
Sports Writer
With the Big Ten Championships
looming on the horizon, the Michigan
women's golf team will be looking to
fine tune its game this weekend at the
Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City.
The tournament will be the final
competition on Michigan's regular-
season schedule.
Coming off a somewhat disappoint-
ing ninth-place finish at Indiana last
w k, the youthful Wolverines are
hrng to build some momentum
amidst the corn fields against teams
such as Indiana, Minnesota, and
Wisconsin, as well as host Iowa.
"Last weekend, we didn't get the
expected results," Michigan coach
Kathy Teichert said. "We had been
improving up until that point, but we
had some problems in Indiana. I'm
concerned with how we performed.'
*ichert was especially disappoint-
ed' with the team's performance on its
up-and-downs and sand saves. Last
weekend, the Wolverines were only
25-percent on up-and-downs and had
zero sand saves, figures which
Teichert said the team needs to
improve on.
"The greens at Indiana were diffi-
cult to handle and as a result we had an
average of 35.5 putts per round,"
Teichert said. "Your scores are quite
rctive of how you do on your up-
and-downs, and we were very bad in
that area. That outweighed any posi-
tives we had.'

The Wolverines will be taking an
inexperienced group to Iowa, com-
posed of four freshmen and two
This means that senior standout
Sharon Park will be staying home.
Teichert said she felt that taking a
young team would not necessarily be a
"We've got some players who are
pretty close to each other in terms of
performance," Teichert said. "We've
got to find out who can perform under
"This weekend will also be a chance
for Sharon to get some rest. She's been
hitting the ball well, but she's under a
lot of stress with exams coming up,
and she's tired. She'll definitely be at
Big Tens."
The Wolverines have had their share
of struggles this season, but perhaps
that is to be expected from a team.with
only one senior. But despite the incon-
sistency, Teichert said that the experi-
ence has been enjoyable.
"We've definitely been a little
inconsistent at times," Teichert said.
"For example, in one round earlier this
year, Bess Bowers shot 41 for the front
nine, and then 33 for the back nine.
But, it's exciting to be able to see that
they can come back from a tough
"With consistency comes results,
and the more the girls are out there,
the better they get. We just need to
raise our expectations to a higher level
to move up. Overall, I'm very excited

This weekend, Bess Bowers and the Michigan women's golf team will be looking
to fine tune their games at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City.

for the future of this team."
But regardless of struggles, the fact
remains that there is but a fortnight
remaining between this weekend's
competition and the Big Ten
With that in mind, Teichert assessed
her team's performance to date and its
chances for a title.
"What we need to be successful is
for the girls to stick to their game

plans," Teichert said. "The players will
have to be decisive in both their
thought processes and their shot selec-
"We've made a lot of improvements
this year, but the Big Ten is stronger
than it's ever been. We've definitely
got our work cut out for us. If the girls
have confidence in their games, and if
we can put it all together at the right
time, I think we can do well?'

By UM Subramini
D* Sports Writer
When the victories aren't coming and
the shots aren't falling, it's easy to throw
in the towel and call it quits.
Likewise, in college golf, when the
NCAA Regional Tournament is a long-
shot at best and the team is young, it'd be
simple to step back and not give it your
But for the Michigan men's golf team,
that isn't even an issue. Regardless of the
fact that the Wolverines aren't considered
one of the top-six teams in the region for
the most part, every day, they come to the
course ready to play.
So, what motivates a young team that
always has next year?
Michigan coach Jim Carras believes
that the motivation lies within the com-
petitive nature of the team. Each week,
the players that have poor showings at
the previous week's tournament are
forced to requalify for the travel team.
'There's one motivation," Carras said.
"They want to play and make the travel
team ... My guys would give their left
arms to make that team. They want to be
a part of the team and want to be com-
But freshman standout Andrew
Chapman, had a different answer.
"We're still trying to keep that glim-
mer of hope alive about NCAAs, but
when we go into a tournament, we just
want to beat all the teams around us"
Chapman said. "We don't want to lose to
Michigan State or Ohio State. Playing on
this level, you have to improve, or you're
going to get passed:'
Behind team captain Mike Harris,
Chapman, who is a consistent presence
on the travel team, is having the most
successful year.
"Every week I'm more and more
impressed 'by (Chapman's) perfor-
mance;' Cars said. "He is going to be a
good one:'
But the word "good" in golf is deceiv-
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the same amount of experience.
The question then remains, what dis-
tinguishes the elite from the rest of the
"What makes a golfer good is a very
difficult question to answer," Carras said.
"I've asked amatuers and I've asked pr!-
fessionals, and no one can say for sure.
With college players, it's the desire to get
better and to actually work at it."
But practice can only go so far. Late in
the season, all that matters is play on the
"You're going to get better, the more
you play," Chapman said. "(On the
course) what makes you good is using
your head and taking the quality shots. If
you make one mistake a dozen people
pass you, but you have to be able to
The players that travel each week are
the players that are playing well. All sea-
son long, that fifth and final spot has
been up in the air and various Wolverines
have rotated through.
This weekend when Michigan heads
to Ohio State to face a 15 team field
composed of 10 Big Ten schools, the
team will be composed of Harris, junior
Scott Hayes, Chapman, and fellow fresh-
men Brian Siepke and Andy Matthews.,
This weekend, Carras is merely look-
ing for strong performances which wil
carry over to the Big Ten Tournament.

Minnesota faculty accused in


Allegations state that faculty, counselors helped basketball players stay in school
T. PAUL. (AP)-- The former head Antoine Broxsie's fall 1997 courses, Clark said Tuesday night he doesn't describing last-minute changes that
of Minnesota's academic counseling ensuring Broxsie would remain academ- remember taking the class and can't gave Broxsie nonletter grades in algebra
unit says some faculty members pres- ically eligible. comment because "the school won't let and climatology courses in the fall of
sured by the basketball program were Academic counselors reported con- us." 1997, guaranteeing he would remain eli-
willing to help keep players eligible. cerns that one professor was told to give Athletic Director Mark Dienhart said gible.
In documents provided to the Saint player Kevin Clark a 'B-" in a course so Tuesday night that Schoemann "investi- Newby allegedly contacted Broxsie's
Paul Pioneer Press, Elayne Donahue he could play. gated the allegation and was unable to academic adviser, Mary Ellen Shaw,
said faculty members gave players final Coach Clem Haskins visited find substantiation to justify the claim." seeking a petition to change from letter
grades before their course work was instructors on behalf of at least two play- Two law firms hired by the university grades, according to an account written
completed and that grades sometimes ers and gave one teacher free tickets to a continue to investigate charges of acad- by Jennifer Franko, executive secretary
w changed years after players basketball game. emic fraud after allegations by former in the General College Academic
e led in courses. U An administrator expressed con- university employee Jan Gangelhoff. Support Center.
According to the new accusations: cern that he was being pressured to She said she did more than 400 pieces of Newby declined to comment through
Academic counselor Alonzo accept an athlete who did not meet course work for 20 players from 1993 to his attorney. Broxsie's attorney, Phil
Newby engineered last-minute switches requirements into the self-designed 1998. Resnick, said he could not comment
in the grading method for two of study program. The documents include four memos until he has reviewed the memos.


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