At A Glance
Three-year starter finished her career with the fourth-lowest scoring average in school history (75.65) . . . Played in 32 career tournaments . . . Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . Collected 205 career birdies . . . Had five top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes and 16 top-20 finishes in her career . . . Helped lead MSU to three straight trips to the NCAA Championships . . . Was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November 2012 and had surgery in late December 2012, but only missed the first tournament of the 2013 spring season due to treatments and was in the starting lineup the remainder of the season . . . Nagel used the phrase "Spartan Strong" to inspire herself and her teammates during her fight against cancer, which is now in remission . . . Winner of the 2014 Kim Moore Spirit Award, which is presented by the Women's Golf Coaches Association to a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.
2013-14 - Senior
First-team All-Big Ten selection . . . Ranked second on the team with a 74.43 scoring average, the eighth-lowest single-season average in MSU history . . . Finished the season ranked No. 70 by Golfweek and No. 77 by Golfstat . . . Led the team with three top-five finishes (first at Mary Fossum Invitational; tied for fourth at Landfall Tradition; tied for fifth at Mason Rudolph Championship) . . . Tied for team lead with five top-10 finishes and eight top-20 showings . . . Led team with a career-high 76 birdies (2.17 per round) . . . Ranked tied for second on the team with seven under-par rounds . . . Won her first career tournament at the Mary Fossum Invitational in September at Forest Akers West with a 1-over-par 217 (68-75-74) . . . Tied for fifth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship with an even-par 216 (73-74-69) . . . Tied for fourth at the Landfall Tradition with a 3-over 219, including a 68 in the third round, which matched her single-round low as a Spartan . . . Shot a career-low 3-under-par 213 (71-70-72) in the Central District Invitational to tie for 10th place; her 213 tied for the eighth-lowest 54-hole score in school history . . . Went 3-0 during the match-play portion of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic to help MSU win the "Black" bracket . . . Tied for 18th place at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (75-81-75--231) . . . Posted her best showing at the Big Ten Championships with a ninth-place finish (79-73-75--227), helping the Spartans win their third Big Ten title in four years . . . Led the Spartans with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional with a 224 (70-79-75) in Cle Elum, Washington . . . Tied for 67th place at the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a 295 (76-70-78-71).
Claimed stroke-play medalist honors for the second straight year at the Michigan Women's Amateur with a 144 (69-75); advanced to the second round of match play ... Along with teammate Trisha Witherby, won the fourth annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship at the Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio; Nagel and Witherby captured the title by shooting a three-round total of 5-under-par 283, four shots ahead of Louisville's Emily Haas and Laura Restrepo ... Nagel and Witherby led the event wire-to-wire after shooting a 1-under 71 during the alternate shot first round, a 5-under 67 during the best ball second round, and a 1-over 145 during the aggregate score third round ... Advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur ... Took fourth place at the GAM Championship at Gull Lake Country Club with a 148 (73-75) ... Tied for 25th place at the Michigan PGA Women's Open with a 224 (74-75-75), which ranked seventh best among amateurs.
2012-13 - Junior
Ranked fourth on the team with a 76.59 scoring average and 56 birdies ... Posted four top-20 finishes, including a season-best third at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, with a 225 (75-73-77) ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Tied for 11th place at the NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla., with a season-low 217 (72-77-68) to help the Spartans advance to the NCAA Championships ... Her third-round 68 at the NCAA Central Regional was a career low and tied for the third-lowest single round in MSU history ... Tied for 12th at the Tar Heel Invitational (75-74-71--220) in October and 11th at the Mary Fossum Invitational (75-74-74--223) in September.
Claimed stroke-play medalist honors at the Michigan Women's Amateur with a 145 (68-77) ... Advanced to the semifinals of the 32-person match play bracket at the Michigan Women's Amateur ... Placed seventh and took home top amateur honors at the Michigan PGA Women's Open with a 221 (75-74-72) ... Teamed up with Trisha Witherby to tie for fifth place with a 2-over 290 at the Pure Silk Women's Team Collegiate Championship . . . Took second with a 145 (73-72) at the GAM Championship, held at the Port Huron Golf Club ... Advanced to the third round of the WWGA 112th National Amateur Championship at Monroe Golf & Country Club.
2011-12 - Sophomore
Started in nine tournaments and was third on the team with a 75.93 scoring average (2,126 strokes in 28 rounds) . . . Second-team All-Big Ten selection . . . Placed in the top 20 in four tournaments . . . Ranked third on the team with 67 birdies . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . Tied for 10th at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 17-18) with a 228 (70-80-78) . . . Carded a 216 (73-71-72) to tie for 13th at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. (March 30-April 1) . . . Placed a season-best fourth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 21-22) in Columbus, Ohio, with a 228 (79-74-75) . . . Was in the starting lineup for the Big Ten Championships and helped the Spartans win their second straight title and 10th in program history by tying for 18th place with a 228 (74-76-78) . . . Shot a season-low round of 69 in the third round of the NCAA East Regional to help Michigan State qualify for the NCAA Championships; took 35th overall with a 223 (74-80-69) . . . Playing in her first career NCAA Championships at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., took 106th by carding a 310 (75-80-80-75).
Tied for 13th at the GAM Championships (75-80--155) at Gull Lake Country Club ... Tied for 15th in stroke play with a 152 at the Michigan Women's Amateur to advance to match play ... Defeated Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll in the first round of match play, 4 & 3, before falling in the second round ... Tied for 19th at the Michigan PGA Women's Open at Crystal Mountain Resort with an 11-over 227 (74-77-76).
2010-11 - Freshman
Tied for 28th at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 235 (79-76-80) in her only appearance of the season.
Claimed medalist honors in the stroke-play portion (70-69--139) of the Michigan Women's Amateur to advance to match play ... Took 11th place at the GAM Championship at Forest Akers West with a score of 152 (78-74) ... Tied for 34th place at the Michigan Women's Open at Crystal Mountain Resort with a 231 (76-73-82).
Tied for 10th at the GAM Women's Championship with a score of 148 ... Also competed in the Michigan Women's Open and the Michigan Women's Amateur.
Won the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division II state championship as a sophomore at Forest Akers East with a 144 (72-72) and as a junior at Forest Akers West with a 153 (74-79) ... Finished second as a senior after coming up just short in a playoff ... Named the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year all four years of high school ... Led DeWitt to a Division II state title in 2007 while being named Michigan Miss Golf ... Also named Michigan Miss Golf in 2008 as DeWitt finished third at the state championships ... Won four league titles and three regional championships ... First-team all-state selection as a freshman and a super team pick her final three years at DeWitt ... At age 13, became the youngest player to qualify for the Michigan Women's Amateur Match Play ... Reached the quarterfinals of match play at the Michigan Women's Amateur in 2006 and 2008.
Daughter of John and Nancy Nagel ... Born Nov. 4, 1991 ... Father is a PGA golf professional ... Graduated in May 2014 with a degree in hospitality business.
GETTING TO KNOW LIZ NAGEL
When did you first start playing golf?
My first swing was probably at 4, but I started playing competitively at 8.
What course did you learn to play on?
Centennial Acres. I've been going out there every summer with my dad since I was about 10.
To play for fun, Crystal Downs. To play competitively, Egypt Valley and Crystal Mountain.
Favorite golf memory?
My first and only hole-in-one. It was in a tournament - the Michigan Girls Junior Championship at Egypt Valley Country Club.
Best thing about playing golf at MSU is...
Being around people every day that have the same goals and priorities I do is a really neat thing. I've met people from all around the world that have come here, and right off the bat we already have so much in common. I love meeting new people, and its great to know that we're all Spartans at heart and we all play for the green and white.
There's no way I can pick one, so I picked five: Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sex and the City, and Julia and Julia.
Favorite TV show?
I love the Food Network. Especially Cupcake Wars and Ace of Cakes. Also, Project Runway and Say yes to The Dress.
I think I'm one of the only Tiger Woods supporters left in the world. Also, Paula Creamer and Christina Kim (on a good day).
Favorite club and why?
Pitching Wedge. I can hit it from any distance inside 135 yards - greenside chipping, out of the sand, pitching, anything.
Favorite thing to do besides golf?
I love to spontaneously shop with my roomate and teammate, Shannon Warner, and to see my dog Dolly. Also, I love going up to our UP cottage and just relax on the beach.
What's on your iPod right now?
"Hollywood" by Michael Buble. LOVE him.
Favorite article of clothing?
I have a pretty over the top collection of ribbons. I like to spice it up a little bit on the golf course. :)
I first beat my dad in golf at the age of...
14 and I'll never forget how good it felt to finally beat him.
What's your major and why?
Hospitality Business. I love to be organized and work hard to do whatever needs to be done to meet people's needs. I want to be an event planner, or maybe work in golf operations.
In 10 years, I will be...
I will be 28 and making my mark on the LPGA tour.
Probably somewhere warm - maybe Hawaii? I've heard it's beautiful and they have some gorgeous golf courses. BUT, I've always wanted to go to Italy, Paris, and London. Make it the ultimate four-location dream vacation and I'm in. :)
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be?
At this point in my life I would stay in Michigan, but if it fits itself into my life at a later time, I'd love to live in London or the UK somewhere.
If I could play any course in the world, it would be?
Pebble Beach or St Andrews.