April 25, 2014
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The No. 25 Michigan State women's golf team shot a 17-over-par 305 in the first round of the Big Ten Championships on Friday and is in third place, four shots behind current leader Ohio State.
The 2014 Big Ten Championships are being held at the par 72, 6,017-yar Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort.
Senior Allyssa Ferrell led the Spartans with a 2-over 74 (37-37) and is tied for third place, just two shots back of Nebraska's Cassidy Stelzmiller. Ferrell birdied three of her first eight holes, but also had three bogeys and two pars during that stretch to sit at even par. She closed her day with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Senior Christine Meier is tied for 12th after carding a 4-over 76 (34-42). Meier produced five birdies in her first 11 holes and was 4-under-par, but she was 8-over on the last seven holes and finished at 4-over. Her five birdies led the Spartans in the first round.
Playing in her first Big Ten Championships, junior Lindsey McPherson is also tied for 12th place with a 76 (37-39).
Freshman Kelly Grassel is tied for 44th with an 81 (40-41).
Michigan State will tee off beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, along with Ohio State and Nebraska. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.