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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 18, 2002 - 7B

Chapman's sixth place is
Blue's best at El Diablo

Masters preview?
Woods turns back
Mickelson by four

By Jacob Loonhardt
For the Daily
After practicing in Oosterban Field House
for almost five months, the Michigan men's
golf team finally had a chance to compete on
a real course at the El Diablo Intercollegiate
in Citrus Springs, Fl., tying Witchita State
University for 10th place out of 20 teams.
The Wolverines posted rounds of 298, 300
and 299, totaling 895 - 31 over par.
"We played reasonably well, but not well
enough to break away from the pack," Michi-
gan coach Jim Carras said.
The Wolverines fused a balanced attack
led by senior Andrew Chapman, who shot a
218 and tied a season-best with a sixth-place
finish.
"I am extremely happy with Andrew's
play," Carras said. "He played absolutely
spectacular. Andrew's even-par scores could
have been even better if he had avoided a
few penalties, like misplayed balls."
Another senior, Andy Matthews, played
consistent throughout the tournament, tying
for 16th with a 222.
"Matthews played solid golf for us, but not

spectacular,", Carras said, "We need Andy to
play better at the upcoming Kentucky meet
so we can place higher as a team."
Senior Kyle Kilcherman posted a 237,
shooting 74 in the second round, to place
83rd.
"I was somewhat disappointed in Kyle's
play. He's our No. 3 player," Carras said. "He
needs to play better for us to be competitive
in this short spring season."
Sophomore Dave Nichols competed well
in the meet (75-78-75-228), placing 48th.
Scott Carlton was the fifth Wolverine com-
peting (79-77-75-231), tying for 60th.
"With such a short season ending in mid
March, we need as much practice as we can
get to do well at the next meet in Kentucky"
Carras said.
For their next meet, the Wolverines will
travel to Lexington, Ky. to compete in the
Johnny Owens Invitational at Kearny Hills
Golf Club on March 30-31.
It will be their first appearance at the
Johnny Owens meet since 1998, when they
finished 12th out of 20 teams.
The Wolverines haven't finished higher
than fifth all season.

DANNY MOLOtOKaily
Senior Andrew Chapman led all Wolverines with a score of 218
this past weekend - a score that tied for season-best.

Conference win doesn't escape netters

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan women's tennis
team saw a reversal of fortune this
weekend at the Varsity Tennis Cen-
ter, as it dropped a match to Wis-
consin 6-1 on Saturday, then
rebounded to win against Minnesota
6-1 yesterday.

The Wolverines (1-3 Big Ten, 5-6
overall) wasted little time in defeat-
ing Minnesota, completing their
quickest match of the season in less
than two and a half hours. The
Gophers (0-4, 4-10) won just two
sets - their lone victory at No. 1
singles - on their way to remaining
the only winless team in Big Ten
plav.

Michigan's No. 1 doubles turned
out to be the tandem that stole the
show. The team of freshmen
Michelle DaCosta and Leanne
Rutherford dug itself a large hole,
allowing Minnesota to create a 6-1
lead. But rather than accept defeat,
the freshmen rallied to take back the
match.
The Wolverines won the next four
games to close the gap to 5-6. In the
12th game, Minnesota attempted a
comeback of its own. As a result, the
game went back and forth - lasting
more than seven minutes - as both
teams exchanged advantages.
In the end, Rutherford and
DaCosta proved to be too strong and
eventually won. The Gopher duo of
Valerie Vladea and Michaela
Havelkova had given all it had in
that game, but quickly dropped the
next two to give the Wolverines the
8-6 victory.
"I really think they picked up
their energy level and really
fought," Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt
said. DaCosta and Rutherford
"came out flat, but the key was once
they picked up their energy level,
and in the end they were fairly
aggressive."
Yesterday was also the fourth
match for DaCosta at No. 2 singles
this season, the first since the open-
ing match against Western Michi-
gan. Despite facing significantly
tougher opponents, DaCosta is com-
fortable taking on more difficult
players.
"I like to compete and wherever I
play, I like a challenge," DaCosta said.
Michigan was faced with a difficult

challenge against Wisconsin the day
before. Wisconsin (5-0, 10-3) holds a
16-8 all-time record against the
Wolverines under Ritt, a former Bad-
ger herself. Michigan won just four
sets in singles competition, and just
one of the three doubles matches.
"(Wisconsin) was a real disap-
pointing performance," Ritt said of
the Wolverines falling to 0-3 in the
conference.
One of the few bright spots for
Michigan in Saturday's loss was
junior Jen Duprez, who has now
become the leader in dual match
victories this season with seven.
Paired with sophomore Kim
Plaushines in their No. 2 doubles
victory, Duprez was the lone
Wolverine to win her singles match,
quickly defeating Wisconsin's Katie
Dougherty 6-2, 6-1.
"I definitely played better (this
weekend), and I've been feeling bet-
ter about my game this past week,"
Duprez said.
The combination of Plaushines
and Duprez won its fourth consecu-
tive doubles match, a commendable
streak considering the team has
faced three of the top teams in the
conference.
"No. 2 doubles is really improv-
ing," Ritt said. "I'm awfully happy
that they're improving after strug-
gling earlier this season."
After winning its first Big Ten
contest of the season at home,
Michigan goes back on the road
again to Milwaukee, where the
Wolverines face nonconference
opponents Marquette and Tulane
this weekend.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tiger
Woods began his march to The
Masters with his first victory of the
year, a four-shot win at the Bay Hill
Invitational that was secured by
Phil Mickelson's blunders on the
closing holes.
Trailing Mickelson by one stroke
at the turn, Woods played mistake-
free when the pressure was at its
peak and closed with a three-under
69 to become the first player to win
Arnold Palmer's tournament three
years in a row.
Woods finished at 275 and won
for the 30th time in his career. At
age 26, he is the youngest player in
PGA Tour history to reach that
benchmark.
He also became the first player to
make it three in a row at three PGA
Tour events, having already com-
pleted the hat trick at Firestone and
the Memorial Tournament.
A year ago, Woods ended talk
about a slump by firing a five-iron
into 15 feet for birdie on the final
hole to defeat Mickelson by one
stroke at Bay Hill.
,This time, Mickelson didn't make
him work quite as hard.
Mickelson was one stroke behind
when he pulled his driver into the
trees on the par-5 16th hole. Instead
of pitching out to the fairway,
Mickelson felt his best option was
to hit a thin 4-iron under the
branches, over the water and toward
a brick-hard green with a pin at the
front left, where any miscue goes
into the water.
It never had a chance, landing in
the middle of the pond. Mickelson
missed a 4-foot par putt on the
17th, and hit into the rough on No.
18 for a third straight bogey.
"I would have loved to pitch out,
but I didn't have a shot to the fair-
way," Mickelson said.
"The only shot was to go at the
green. I don't feel like the play was
bad, I just didn't execute it. It was-
n't very easy, but it wasn't impossi-
ble."
Leading by two strokes at one
point, Mickelson finished in a tie
for third, five strokes behind.
Michael Campbell holed a 45-
foot chip on the 18th for birdie to
close with a 71 and finish second at
279, his best finish ever on the
PGA Tour.
Len Mattiace, who played in the
final group with Woods, had a 73
and tied for third with Rocco Medi-
ate (70), John Huston (72) and
Mickelson.
A year ago, Woods rode the
momentum of his first victory of
the year into The Players Champi-
onship the following week, then his
second victory into The Masters to
become the first player to sweep the
four professional majors.

There is still plenty of kinks to
work out.
Woods struggled again early on,
and nearly fell into a hole until he
made a 10-foot putt on No. 8 to
save par and stay two strokes
behind. He blistered his drive on
No. 9 and made birdie, then made
another birdie at No. 10 to stay
right behind Mickelson.
The turning point was No. 14.
Mickelson hit at the flag, which
was at the front of the green, and
the ball hopped hard and wound up
behind the green. He flubbed his
chip to 20 feet and made bogey,
about the time Woods got up-and-
down for birdie on the par-5 12th.
It was a two-shot swing that gave
Woods the lead, and he refused to
surrender it.
After four days of blistering heat,
the greens were like concrete and
tough pin placements led to some
high numbers.
"It was ridiculous," said Charles
Howell III, who had a quadruple-
bogey 9 by hitting two balls into the
water on No. 6, and a triple-bogey
on the 18th hole by hitting off the
rocks.
David Duval suffered a fate far
more cruel.
He was 4-under par for the day
and three off the lead when he laid
up on the par-5 16th. His third shot
found the water. He took a drop and
hit a perfect approach - too per-
fect, it turned out. The ball hit the
pin and ricocheted back into the
water, leading to a 9.
Butch Harmon, Woods' swing
coach, was in the locker room at
Bay Hill before the round and sized
up a day that could have belonged
to just about anybody. Fourteen
players were within three shots of
Woods, but Mickelson was the one
he had his eye on.
"He's got no pressure starting
from behind," Harmon said.
Mickelson, indeed, seized the
momentum, if not control of the
tournament.
Consecutive birdies starting on
No. 3 put him within one-stroke of
Woods, who was struggling with his
control in the early going.
Woods hit into the water from a
fairway bunker on No. 6, and the
enormous cheer ahead of him was
Mickelson holding a 25-foot down-
hill birdie putt on No. 8. That turned
out to be a two-stroke swing when
Woods made bogey, and Mickelson
continued to apply pressure with a
10-foot birdie on No. 10.
Woods is now 22-2 on the PGA
Tour when he has at least a share of
the 54-hole lead. One of those loss-
es was to Mickelson. It looked like
Lefty would bring him down again
early on, but it simply wasn't meant
to be.

l

Second serve
Michigan waited until its fourth conference game before it won its first Big
Ten dual meet. It took the reversal of fortunes of four players for this to hap-
pen though.

Player (Singles)
Kavitha Tipirneni (No. 1)
Michelle DaCosta (No. 2)
Chrissie Nolan (No. 3)
Leanne Rutherford (No. 4)
Jen Duprez (No. 5)
Joanne Musgrove (No. 6)

Wisconsin
Loss 6-3, 6-4
Loss 6-0, 1-6, 6-0
Loss 6-2, 6-4
Loss 6-2, 6-1
Win 6-2, 6-1
Loss 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3)

Minnesota
Loss 6-2, 6-2
Win 6-2, 6-2
Win 6-3, 6-2
Win 6-4, 6-4
Win 6-2, 6-0
Win 6-0, 6-0

LELIEAMD/Dily
Junior Joanne Musgrove, seen here hitting a backhand, lost her match at No. 6
singles against Wisconsin, but fared better against Minnesota with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

First-place eludes 'M' for third straight meet

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By Gennwo Felice
For The Daily
After finishing Saturday's first round
of the Hatter Spring Fling tournament
tied for first, the Michigan women's golf
team sputtered yesterday and couldn't
keep up with Florida Southern, the
defending Division II champions. The
Wolverines finished second out of 16
teams.
On day two, the Wolverines almost
looked like a different team than the
group that had torn through the first
round. The Wolverines finished yester-
day with a total score of 310, a 12-stroke
disparity from their first-round total of
298.
"We played pretty well Saturday. I felt
like we were going through the motions
today and we just can't do that," coach
Kathy Teichert said. "I think we might.
have even been trying a little too hard.
We just didn't get the low numbers that
we needed, and you need to get those if
you expect to win."
The Wolverines finished nine stokes
behind the Mocs. Michigan senior Misia

Lemanski carded a team-best 76 on day
two, which was a two-stroke improve-
ment from her first round, and was the
only Wolverine to improve her day one
total.
After a very impressive first round,
senior LeAnna Wicks could only pro-
duce a 77 yesterday. Junior Kim Bene-
dict and senior Cortney Reno also
struggled yesterday, shooting 77 and 81,
respectively. The Wolverines continued
to have problems with their short game,
which has plagued them all spring.
"I am disappointed with the way that
we finished. We just didn't play well. I
don't know if it was the weather or the
course, but we need to carry through,"
Teichert said. "We were off to a good
start through the front nine, but we just
didn't make the up and downs we needed
to down the stretch. The greens just got
harder and harder as the round went on."
At the end of day one, the Wolverines
found themselves atop the leader board,
tied with Florida Southern at 298. After
a practice round on Friday, Michigan's
top three performers fared well in their
first recorded crack at the course. Wicks

lead the Michigan attack, recording a
steady round of 73 that included 17 pars
and left her in sole possession of second
place. Benedict and Reno finished the.
day tied for third place, each chalking up
a solid 74.
Unfortunately for Michigan, in col-
lege golf a team's score is comprised of
a team's top four scores. The success of
Michigan's top three golfers was dimin-
ished because of freshman Laura Olin,
whose 77 was the fourth score tallied in
the team standings.
The runner-up finish keeps the
Wolverines in search of their first tour-
nament win since their undefeated fall
season.
"Some might look at our second-out-
of-16 team finish and be really happy
with it. I am happy with the finish, but I
think we are expecting more from our-

selves;' Teichert said. "Looking at our
team and the players that we have, I
think everyone here was expecting a lit-
tle more. We can't take anything lightly.
We need to make our shots and then
convert. We just need to keep our heads
in each and every round."
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Fall-ing into Spring

By earning second place at the Hatter Spring Fling, the Wolverines posted their
highest finish since the first four fall tournaments.

Tournament
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Winner
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Kim Benedict (2nd)
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