Michigan women’s golf coach Kathy Teichert had no idea Min Yean Tan would get this good this fast in her collegiate career.
The freshman led the Wolverines at the Mountain View Challenge in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend, recording career-low scores in stroke total (225) and round total (73). While she posted back-to-back rounds of 73, she tallied a first-round score of 79.
“My first round was kind of disappointing,” said Tan. “But after I figured out the course a little bit, my scores really improved, and I began to play a lot smarter as well.”
Tan finished in the top 25 for the third time in the past four tournaments.
Sophomore Andrea Ratigan teamed up with Tan to lead the Wolverines. Ratigan recorded a season-low 226, tying for 31st in her hometown tournament.
“Andrea Ratigan was very consistent this weekend for us as she continued to shoot well,” Teichert said. “She has been playing really well as of late.”
Ratigan has had weekend totals under 230 for the past three tournaments.
Sophomore Ashley Bauer contributed a key score as she carded a two-day total of 226, tying for 38th.
Despite having solid performances from both Tan and Ratigan, Michigan finished in 10th place out of 17 teams. Even while tallying a season-best three-round total of 907, Michigan was still 27 strokes behind tournament winner Indiana.
“We did not score as well as we would have liked this weekend considering the course conditions,” Teichert said. “We had some opportunities to capitalize this weekend and we did not. But we did beat some ranked teams ahead of us, so that was a plus.”
The Wolverines will travel to Bloomington next week to compete in the Indiana Invitational.
Michigan will need Tan and Ratigan to lead the way against the tough upcoming competition. But if Tan continues to improve, the Wolverines could be ripe for success in the near future.