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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 10, 2000
Men hold on to early lead to win Mars

By Jeb Singer
Dail> Sports Writer
Michigan men's golf coach Jim Carras
was sitting at home yesterday afternoon
watching the Masters championships. He
witnessed David Duval do what the
Michigan team refused to do a day before
at the Marshall Invitational in
Huntington, W. Virginia - let an oppor-
tunity slip away.
The Wolverines fired a four-day total
of 877 and outplayed all contenders by
four strokes. They also proved to them-
selves that they are one of the better
teams in the country.
"It was big," Carras said of the victory.
"hey've won before. But only now do
they really know how to win."
Unlike Duval, the boys in blue came

up strong with the pressure on and a
small lead in their pocket. Going into the
final day of competition, only eight
strokes separated Michigan from Miami
(Ohio), the second place team.
Considering that only the top four
players scores count, this cushion was far
from insurmountable.
"I didn't think that we could lose with
an eight shot cushion, but we could
have," Carras said. "It was not a given.
You have to go out there and play."
The Wolverines did just that. And
judging by the results, the players were
well aware of the how quickly the tides
could change. Andrew Chapman and
Mike Afeldt brought their 'A' game to the
course Saturday afternoon -each shoot-
ing final round 72s in less than ideal
weather conditions.

"No one guy wins or loses a tourna-
ment," Camas said. "But admittedly, those
two scores were rather instrumental."
For Chapman, the 72 equaled his first
day performance, and he finished the
tournament in a tie for I Ith. For Affeldt,
the 72 brought his three day total to 217.
This secured his claim to second-place
overall for the event. Also scoring well
for Michigan was captain Michael
Harris, whose 218 total score was good
enough for a sixth place tie.
While Harris, who has won four of
nine tournaments this season, did not
play his top golf of the year, he did come
up big with the team title waiting in the
wings - shooting a final round of 76.
"He knew that his score was going to
count and he played the final five holes at
one-under par," Carras said.

This weekend, more than at any ohl
point in the spring, exemplified comr
hensive team unity and achiev eme'nt
"We are peaking as a team right iOw'
Camas said. "This is because we ve
some real good balance."
It is worth noting that in both tom- r
ments Michigan has won this year, HarIt a
was not the overall tournament medlaili.
And the same five players will take to
road for the Keplar Invitational nex
weekend in Columbus.
Michigan has an "if it ain't broke don
fix it policy"- if a squad is able to wi
a tournament, they are guaranteed to a
play in the next tournament.
While Harris, Affeldt, Chapman, Sc
Hayes and Andy Matthews will retai
their positions, the boys at how
have a couple more opportunities to out-

h an take over their positions.
yK hertani, Brian Seipke, Nicolas
sa nd Kein Hinton all have the
ia tselp up at some point this
ertanly in the future.
Sarot a five-man team," Carras
. e are a 10-man team in which
S s as important as the next."
TaIt -man team is in position to fin-
the top six in District IV and qual-
f ihe NCAA Midwest Regional
in itthis past weekend, the
-es were ranked fifth in the
re'ion. With the win this weekend, they
wll may have taken over fourth
is was a huge step in the right
directon 'arras said. "We beat a lot of
as thai we needed to beat"
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The Michigan women's golf t n
experienced its own version of the
good, the bad, and the ugly when it
competed in the Indiana Invitational
this past weekend.
First, the good - the Wolverines
were able to place 10th overall.
Saturday they shot a team total of 337,
and they followed it up with a 325 yes-
Indiana, which hosted the event,
won the tournament by shooting a 314
on Saturday and a 323 yesterday. '
"I was happy about today's p ay
even though we could have done bet-
ter," Michigan coach Kathy Teichert
Next, the bad - Courtney Reno
and Jennifer Baumann were both ds-
qualified in the first round due to a
mixup on their scorecards,
In spite of these setbacks, the
Wolverines continued to play d
came back strong.
"Yesterday's round put us in a hole,
but today we played much better"
Teichert said.
Kim Benedict led the way for the
Wolverines, firing an 83 on Satur"y
and a 76 yesterday.
She finished the weekend tied for
seventh with a two-round total of 159.
Bess Bowers placed 33rd in the
tournament, shooting 81-86 for a total
of 167.
Meanwhile, Misia Lemanski l
for 45th with a 169, and Trish Wak ns
finished with a tie for 58th at 172.
Finally, the ugly - the suddcn; , -
break of colder weather caused the
Wolverines to struggle, which f Ele
team disappointed with its Wr4ll
Due to high winds and pouring raii,
the Wolverines were constantly inun-
dated with problems.
The course at Indiana University.
was so soaked from the precipitation
that the tournament had to be short-
ened from 54 holes to 36.
"We played under some extreme
weather conditions," Teichert said.
"I thought the overall tournament
was really pretty tough:'
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