Feb. 19, 2013
PARRISH, Fla. - The No. 21 Michigan State women's golf team placed third at the Central District Invitational on Tuesday and senior Caroline Powers tied for first on the individual leaderboard, but Augusta State's Natalie Wille was named the medalist due to a scorecard playoff.
The 13th annual Central District Invitational, which was hosted by Michigan State, was held at the River Wilderness Country Club.
Powers and Wille both carded a 1-under 215 at the tournament; however, the scorecard playoff, which started at hole 18, favored Wille, thus giving her medalist honors.
Powers (71-72) and Wille (72-71) began the final round tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under 143, and both players shot even par 72 on Tuesday to finish at 215. The 54-hole total of 215 for Powers ties for the ninth best in MSU history.
Powers started strong with three birdies and six pars on her first nine holes. She was 4-under through 14 holes, but finished her round with four straight bogeys to close at even par. Powers tallied 10 birdies overall in the tournament. Wille kept pace with Powers after shooting 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys in her final round.
"Caroline delivered another solid performance," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, as Powers recorded her fourth top-five finish of the season and 13th of her career. "She was obviously disappointed with how her round ended, but what's impressive is that she puts her herself into a position to win just about every tournament she competes in."
SMU claimed the team title by two shots over No. 12 Vanderbilt after carding a 5-over 293 in the third and final round. The Mustangs finished with a 24-over 888 (298-297-293), while the Commodores closed at 890 (299-289-302). SMU entered the day trailing Vanderbilt by seven shots. The Spartans shot a 31-over 895 (295-295-305) to take third.
"Overall, the tournament went really good," said Slobodnik-Stoll. "We're certainly proud to host this tournament at such an impressive course each and every year. As a team, we were pleased with how we played yesterday, but weren't so pleased with today. We saw a lot of good things and a lot of things we have to get better at as well. The key is to realize that it's February and we have to take one step at a time to get to where we want to be in late April and May."
For Michigan State, junior Allyssa Ferrell posted her third career top-10 finish by taking ninth with a 6-over 222 (74-71-77).
Junior Christine Meier tied for 27th place after compiling a total of 229 (74-76-79), while sophomore Trisha Witherby finished in 39th with a 232 (76-76-80). Junior Liz Nagel tied for 43rd at 234 (81-76-77).
Playing as an individual, sophomore Jenny Sritragul posted the second-best round of the day for the Spartans with a 2-over 74, jumping her into a tie for a career-high 20th place at 11-over 227 (76-77-74).
MSU will return to action March 29-31 for the Bryan National Collegiate in Brown Summit, N.C.