Feb. 18, 2013
PARRISH, Fla. - The No. 21 Michigan State women's golf team is in second place, just two shots behind No. 12 Vanderbilt, after two rounds of the Central District Invitational on Monday. The 13th annual tournament, which is being hosted by MSU, is being held at the River Wilderness Country Club.
The Spartans carded a 14-over 590 (295-295) as a team through 36 holes, while the Commodores posted a 12-over 588 (299-289). SMU is in third place at 595 (298-297).
Senior Caroline Powers is tied for first on the leaderboard with a 1-under 143. Powers tied for the best first round of the day at 1-under 71 after compiling two birdies and 15 pars against just one bogey. In the afternoon, Powers shot a 72 in a round that included four birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys. The Bowling Green, Ohio, is native is looking for her third career tournament win.
Powers is tied atop the leaderboard along with Vanderbilt's Lauren Stratton (75-68--143) and Augusta State's Natalie Wille (72-71--143).
Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell is only two shots off the pace at 3-over 145 (74-71) and is tied for fifth. Ferrell registered six birdies on the day.
Junior Christine Meier, who has led the Spartans the past two years at the CDI, is tied for 15th after compiling a 74 in the first round and a 76 in the second round to sit at 150 (+6). Meier had five birdies in her two rounds, including three during her first 18.
Sophomore Trisha Witherby rounded out the team scoring for MSU in the first round with a 76. She also carded a 76 in the second round to stand at 152 (+8), which is tied for 23rd.
After compiling an 81 in the first round, junior Liz Nagel bounced back in the second round and improved by five shots with a 76 and is currently at 157 (+13) through 36 holes.
The third and final round of the Central District Invitational is set for Tuesday, with a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m.