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A strong start Teams improve in competitive race THE 1985-86 MEN ' S AND women ' s golf teams are both looking to the spring season in hopes of improving their strong starts this past fall. The men ' s team has fared well in the early tournaments while the women ' s team, with a good start, has slowed a bit and needs regrouping. The men, coached by Jim Carras, started their season finishing eighth of 18 in the heavily competitive Butler Nationals. They then traveled to Ohio State for the Buckeye Classic in which the Wolverines placed an impressive third of 1 8 teams. To finish the fall schedule, they proceeded to the Michigan State Spartan Invitational where they placed second of 1 1 teams. The team is paced by senior captain Peter Savarino, and senior Chris Westfall. Other strong scores come from junior Scott Chipokas and Jon Rife. Senior John Codeke, in his first year on the team as a walk-on, also scored well. " The freshmen on the team have been a key to the team ' s good start this season, " said Carras of top frosh Bob Papp and Hersh Patel. " The highlight has been the overall play and the balance between the different golfers, " Carras said of his team ' s gaining consistency. The team is optimistic about the spring season, but, " after finishing third in the conference last year, it will be hard to improve. " The women ' s team, which started fast, is working on regaining earlier form. Sandy Barron drives the ball down the course. Opposite: Missy Bauer swings on the green. In the first tourney of the year, at Ferris State, the team finished in second place with an average score of 79 strokes per round, an unusually low score. The team is coached by Sue LeClair, who attended Michigan as an undergraduate. The team consists of seniors Sandy Barron, Luanne Cherney and Bridget Syron and juniors Melissa Bauer, Lisa DiMatteo, Jan Idomir, Valerie Madill and Terri Mage. The team spent the winter keeping in shape and looking forward to its spring trip to Florida in March, where it hoped to regain its early- September form. LeClair has set a goal for the team to average 80 strokes per round, having averaged in the 81-82 range since the first tourney. " If there ' s one thing that this team possesses, it ' s comraderie, " said LeClair. Optimism is high as the golf teams try to improve on their third (men ' s) and ninth (women ' s) finishes in the Big Ten. For the men ' s team it will be difficult to do better in the standings, while the women ' s team will significantly up its standing provided it returns to that Ferris State form. DAVID MONFORTON I Men ' s: 3rd place in Big Ten I Women ' s: 8th place in Big Ten 118 MICHIGAN ENSIAN
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Michigan ' s best Second-place finish highest ever for school IN A FOUR-GAME SERIES April 5-6 of last year, the Michigan women ' s softball team won three games against Big Ten champion Northwestern, opening the con- ference schedule. The rest of the season, the Wolverines didn ' t fare as well, finishing with a 16-8 Big Ten mark and second place. The second-place finish was, however, the highest a Michigan soft- ball team has ever reached. In that opening series, Big Ten MVP Lisa Ishikawa no-hit the Wolverines, 4-0, in the first game. The Wolverines countered by beating Ishikawa 1-0 in the second game of the double-header. Standout pitcher Vicki Morrow held the Wildcats to five hits and also scored the winning run in the 12th inning. Michigan swept the double-header the next day, 6-2 and 2-1. Morrow was the winning pitcher in both games, and defeated Ishikawa in the second game. Ishikawa, 13-3 with a 0.30 earned run average in the conference, gave up just five hits in the three games she pitched against the Wolverines, but lost twice. " We were in the drivers seat. Our goal at that time was to win the con- ference, " said coach Carol Hutchins. " Basically, we had a shot at it until the last weekend. We just didn ' t play consistently against our other opponents. " Northwestern went on to finish sixth out of eight teams in the College World Series. Shortstop Lisa Panetta made the All-Big Ten first team for Michigan. She was third in the conference in hitting with a .369 batting average. She hit .367 overall and set school records with 11 triples and 41 runs scored. Panetta, Mena Reyman and Mary Bitkowski are the top seniors that graduated last spring. Bitkowski, a second baseman, and Reyman (first base) both were all-conference Academic Team members. Vicki Morrow and Alicia Seegert were the team ' s other stars last season. Morrow was named to the All-Big Ten second team as a pitcher, winning 12 of 15 decisions in the conference with a 0.96 ERA. She was 15-5, 1.08 ERA overall. Starting as the designated hitter when not pitch- ing, Morrow hit .3 1 2 in 42 games. Seegert, who played both third base and catcher, hit .337 in conference games. Last year, she won the batting title with a .4 1 8 average. Going into this spring, the Wolverines have to fill holes at the three infield positions and the out- field position vacated by the graduated Linda Allen. Top recruit Pam Wright, a speedy left-hander, could fill the outfield spot im- mediately, said Hutchins. Freshman Mary Ann Daveria from Chicago might see considerable time at shortstop. " Overall, it ' s a better team than last year ' s, " said Hutchins. " It just doesn ' t have quite as much experience. " There are going to be a lot of freshmen in important roles. We ' re looking for an experienced player to lead the way. We have a good, ex- perienced pitching staff a really balanced team. We still have a shot at (the Big Ten title). " JIM GINDIN Bridget Ventori completes a force play. A cold game day. 120 MICHIGAN ENSIAN
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