Michigan women’s golf coach Kathy Teichert was frightened after
the first round of the Lady Paladin Tournament in Greenville,
The Furman golf course was not supposed to be so difficult.
Teichert hoped the Wolverines would be able to take advantage of
the simple layout and shoot low scores right from the start, which
would supply the Wolverines with some confidence and momentum going
into the winter offseason.
Little did Teichert know, it wouldn’t be until Saturday when
that momentum would develop. The Wolverines shot 306 and 303 in the
second and third rounds respectivel, to finish the tournament in
The first round was a scary nightmare for the Wolverines. They
shot a 318 and sat in 12th place out of 17 teams. It was not the
spot that Teichert wanted her team to be in.
“It put us in a hole,” Teichert said of the first round.
But Michigan soon climbed out of that hole. Laura Olin fired
back from her 78 in the first round by shooting a 72 in the second,
followed by a 74 in the third. Amy Schmucker shot a 76-76-74,
including two back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth hole in
the final round. Ali Stinson bounced back from her first round
score of 82 to shoot 77 and 78 in the last two rounds.
The 303 in the final round was the best for Michigan in its fall
“I am really pleased with the improving rounds,” Teichert said.
“I really believe these are the kinds of scores we can shoot on a
consistent basis. This shows we can hang with the best of them as
long as we put it all together.”
The ascension from 12th to ninth place was impressive for
Michigan, but Teichert now expects more from her team, especially
since it shot a 303 in the last round of the season, which
according to Teichert, left “a great taste in everyone’s
Michigan will have plenty of time to work on improvement. The
team does not compete again until February and has time to develop
its game in order to continue to post strong scores.