Feb. 17, 2014
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - The weather conditions were perfect for golf on Monday at Lakewood Ranch for the Central District Invitational - and the results showed.
Host Michigan State shot the lowest round in school history with a 10-under-par 278 in the second round and is currently in third place overall in the 14-team field with a 10-under 566 (288-278). Senior Allyssa Ferrell led the charge in the afternoon for MSU with a 5-under 67, matching the lowest individual round by a Spartan in the history of the program.
After two rounds of play on Monday, No. 18 UCF leads the tournament with a 15-under-par 561 (280-281), followed by No. 15 Vanderbilt (276-287--563). For the first time in the tournament's 14-year history, the event is being held at the par 72, 6,325-yard Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch.
UCF's Fanny Cnops sits atop the individual leaderboard at 10-under-par (68-66--134), while Vanderbilt's Simin Feng (67-69--136) and Louisville's Laura Restrepo (67-70-137) are in second and third place, respectively. Ferrell is in fourth at 6-under (71-67--138) to lead the Spartans.
"The weather was absolutely perfect," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, as temperatures were in the high 70s most of the day under sunny skies. "The greens were very smooth but not too fast; they were definitely holding. As you can tell from the scores, the girls were firing at the pins and there were lots of birdies. It was a great day for us. What we're excited about is that we put ourselves in a position to have a chance for the team title tomorrow."
Ferrell began her day with a solid 1-under-par 71 in the morning, but caught fire in the afternoon, posting five birdies and 13 pars for a 5-under 67, equaling the best round ever by a Spartan (Lindsey Solberg, 2012 East Regional).
Senior Liz Nagel is also in the top 10 with a 3-under 141 (71-70), which is good for a tie in eighth place.
Senior Christine Meier is tied for 14th at 1-under 143 (72-71), while Kelly Grassel is tied for 18th at even-par 144 (74-70). The 2-under 70 is the lowest single round of the season to date for the freshman Grassel.
Junior Trisha Witherby fired back-to-back 74s and is tied for 33rd with a 4-over 148.
Ferrell (67), Nagel (70), Grassel (70) and Meier (71) all counted toward the school-record low 278, which bested the previous record by two strokes (Laura Kueny, Caroline Powers, Aimee Neff and Lindsey Solberg shot a 280 on Sept. 28, 2009, at the Lady Northern Invitational in Madison,Wis.).
Playing as an individual, junior Lindsey McPherson is tied for 36th place at 5-over 149 (73-76).
The third and final round of the Central District Invitational is set for Tuesday with a shotgun start beginning at 9 a.m.; live scoring will be available at www.BirdieFire.com.