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New faces, same goals for golfers
By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer
Coming off its finest season ever, which included a
record six tournament victories, the Michigan women's
golf team opens its fall season this weekend and looks
to defend its title at the 54-hole Wolverine
Invitational at the Michigan Golf Course.
"It's always exciting to start the season," W chig
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert said. "But Wolverine 1n
I'm always a little apprehensive." When:r9 a.m
If Teichert is a bit uneasy this weekend a.m. Sunday
it's because she has to rely on a very differ- atest: The
ent lineup than the one that went to the pro- fresh off the
gram's first NCAA Championships last the history o
year. which include
The biggest loss is All-Big Ten golfer mentvictorie
Bess Bowers, who was good enough to lenge now is
qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur this of their six st
summer. Add in the departures of consistent contribu-
tors Misia Lemanski, Cortney Reno and LeAnna Wicks,
and Teichert's nervousness can be justified. Senior Kim
Benedict and sophomore Laura Olin are Michigan's
only returning starters.
Michigan will have to count on fifth-year senior
Stephanie Stasik, junior Sarah Kruer, sophomore
Courtney Goebel and freshman Amy Schmucker to fill
in the void.
Besides Kruer, who played 21 rounds as a freshman
in 2000, and the true freshman Schmucker, the rest of
Michigan's golfers combined to play just eight rounds
"Olin and Benedict are going to have to step up this
1 year and we expect them to do just that,"
Teichert said. "We've lost a lot of players
at the and now we are giving a lot of new players
tional and opportunity to shine. Stephanie Stasik
aturday,8 has played really well in qualifying and
we're hoping she'll improve."
erines are Even with a revamped lineup, the Wolver-
t season in ines are hoping they won't have much of a
e program, problem with the competition - at least if
ix tourna- last year's results are any indicator.
he chat- Michigan blew out the field at last year's
eplace four Wolverine Invitational, scoring a team total
ers. of 623 - a tournament record - and win-
ning by 38 strokes over second-place Eastern Michigan.
But unlike the Wolverines, a few of the teams in this
year's tournament, including Indiana, James Madison,
Eastern Carolina and Eastern Michigan, have already
played competitive rounds this season.
"Eastern Michigan won its first tournament of the
season this year, so they already look good," Teichert
said. "But I like our chances. Our goal is to win."
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Despite Rumishek's defection to
Ann Arbor, he said he shares a spe-
cial relationship with Shepherd.
Rumishek fondly remembers when
Shepherd was his first ever coach
when he played basketball in fifth
Rumishek recalls countless num-
ber of times they both cried watch-
ing "Rudy," - the movie about
Notre Dame's most famous walk-on
and the time Shepherd cried
when Rumishek committed to the
Maize and Blue.
"He was so happy for me,"
Rumishek said. "He still is. He's the
first one to click on mgoblue.com
or to read up on Michigan maga-
Rumishek is just happy Notre
Dame is back in the Michigan
schedule after a two-year hiatus.
The two teams met every season
from 1985 to 1999, igniting one of
the most storied rivalries in college
football. And while Rumishek
played sparingly as a redshirt fresh-
man on special teams in the 1999
game at the Big House, this time
around he'll see plenty of the field
- and maybe the end zone.
Rumishek leads the Wolverines
with two sacks and, interestingly
enough, is tied for the team lead in
interceptions with one.
Last week against Western Michi-
gan, he picked off a pass deflected
by fellow lineman Shantee Orr at
midfield. His eyes instantly got as
big as saucers as he tucked the ball
away and rumbled toward the goal
He eventually got caught by a
Western Michigan wide receiver
after a 23-yard return, and hasn't
heard the end of it yet since.
Joked linebacker Victor Hobson: "I
told him he came in as a linebacker,
but now he's for sure a lineman."
"I'm the slowest lineman in
Michigan history," Rumishek said.
He may be the slowest, but
according to teammates, he's also
Rumishek, who starred last sea-
son by leading the team with seven
sacks and garnering All-Big Ten
Conference first team honors from
the media, apparently is the man
with all the answers on the line.
"He's one of those guys that
knows everything on the field,"
defensive tackle Norman Heuer
said. "If I'm out there and some-
times I get confused and I don't
know what's going on, I turn to
Rumishek and say 'What do I do?'
He knows for every position what to
do on every play."
Rumishek also knows who Shep-
herd and nearly 50 other family
members - who plan to be in
South Bend on Saturday - will be
Shepherd "said he would be a
Michigan fan as long as I'm here
but unfortunately, he's going back to
the dark side after that.
"Blood is thicker than water."
Or, in Shepherd's case, thicker
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