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The Michigan Daity - SportsMonday - October 8, 2001- 7B
Women's golf team showcases talent in own backyard

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
Rain gear and ski caps replaced the
Michigan women's golf team's usual
garb as the Wolverines braved a nasty
wind and frigid temperatures to blow
away the rest of the nine-team field.
Besides making it impossible to stay
warm, the winds wreaked havoc on the
putting green. Players had to fight to
stay positive as they watched their
scores soar.
"It's really easy to get frustrated
because there's going to be a lot of
shots left out on the course," senior
LeAnna Wicks said. "You basically just
had to try and stay in the present and
just focus."
Michigan brushed off the brutal con-
ditions and finished with a 623 total, 38
shots in front of Eastern Michigan. It
was Michigan's second title in as many
outings this year, and the first time since
fall during
The busiest person at the Middle Ten-
nessee State-Idaho game might have
been the scoreboard operator.
Up and down they went, combining
for 1,445 yards - and that doesn't
count the 74-yard kickoff return for a
touchdown - and an NCAA Division
I-A record 128 points in MTSU's 70-
58 victory Saturday night.
Middle Tennessee's Wes Counts
threw for 459 yards and six touch-
downs. He completed 23 of 28 passes,
including 15 in a row at one point.
Incredibly, his stats were second best.
In his second college start, the Van-
dals' Brian Lindgren completed 49
passes in 71 attempts for 637 yards -
all school records - with five touch-
"We've got to find a way to slow
somebody down," said Idaho coach
Tom Cable. "I've never seen anything
like that before. We just let themr score
as many points as they wanted to."
The teams broke the I-A record of
124 points set in Oklahoma's 82-42
victory over Colorado in 1980. The I-
AA mark is 125 in Sacramento State's
64-61 victory over Northridge State last

1991 that the Wolverines won their own
In a display of the Wolverines' depth,
Michigan's Maize team, composed of
the team's bottom four players, placed
third and seven Michigan players fin-
ished in the top 10.
Coach Kathy Teichert was especially
happy for her five seniors Misia
Lemanski, Cortney Reno, Bess Bowers,
LeAnna Wicks and Stephanie Bezilla.
"Being that this is the last home event
that they could have, that makes it really

special," Teichert said. "So it was great
to be able to showcase their talent and
where they've come from."
Lemanski shot a two-day total of 152
to earn an individual title for the first
time in her career. She started Sunday's
round on top of the leaderboard and
drained long par putts on the second
and seventh holes to maintain her lead.
"Misia has really, really worked
hard," Teichert said. "I've seen a lot of
good things from Misia, so I'm really
excited to see her hang in there and play

Eastern's Kelly Pickett finished sec-
ond in the individual scoring, and
Michigan's Reno,Wicks, and Kim
Benedict tied for third.
After celebrating the victory yester-
day, Michigan headed to Franklin, Ind.
to finish out a 90-hole marathon at the
Women's Collegiate Invitational: The
Wolverines will face an early start and
36 holes today, followed by tomorrow's
18-hole final round.
Michigan likes the course at The

Legends of Indiana, and is excited to
face a stronger field. Seven Big Ten
teams will compete,
The Michigan players know that
competing for four consecutive days
will be exhausting, but the momentum
from their Wolverine Invitational title
and their quest to win three tournaments
in a row should carry them.
"Yeah, our bodies will be tired and
we'll be a little bit mentally drained, but
we just have to tell ourselves only two
more day's of golf left," Lemanski said.

Misia Lemanski won her first collegiate,
title at the Wolverine Invitational.


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