April 4, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid- to low-80s, the No. 20 Michigan State women's golf team shot a 19-over-par 307 in the first round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on Friday at the University Georgia Golf Course.
The tournament is featuring a unique scoring format. Friday's first round was a traditional stroke play loop, and the results were used to comprise a pair of match play brackets for the weekend. The top-eight teams are seeded in the "Red" bracket, and the remaining schools are in the "Black" bracket. Saturday will feature two rounds of match play, while Sunday will feature 18 holes of match play.
The Spartans tied for ninth place on Friday and will compete in the "Black" bracket against Georgetown in the first round on Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on hole No. 10.
Christine Meier led the Spartans in the first round with a 3-over 75 (41-34) to tie for 22nd place; Meier eagled her last hole with a 3 on the par-5 18th.
Senior Liz Nagel shot a 4-over 76 (38-38) and senior Allyssa Ferrell shot a 5-over 77 (42-35), while freshman Kelly Grassel rounded out the team scoring with a 7-over 79 (40-39). Junior Trisha Witherby carded a 10-over 82 (41-41).
The 16-team field features six programs listed in the Golfstat Top 25, including defending national champion and top-ranked USC, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 10 Alabama, No. 20 MSU, No. 22 Iowa State and No. 23 Northwestern. Auburn, Daytona State, Denver, Indiana, Georgetown, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Texas A&M and Troy are also in the field.
Live scoring of Saturday's match play will be available at BirdieFire.com.