April 26, 2013
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The No. 25 Michigan State women's golf team is in fifth place at the Big Ten Championships after carding a 15-over 303 in Friday's first round. For the second straight year, the Big Ten Championships are being held at the par 72, 6,121-yard Donald Ross Course, located at the French Lick Resort.
The Spartans, who are attempting to win their third consecutive Big Ten title, are 16 shots behind No. 24 Northwestern. The Wildcats shot a 1-under 287 and lead second-place and ninth-ranked Purdue by six shots.
Northwestern's Hana Lee currently sits atop the individual leaderboard after shooting a 4-under 68.
Junior Allyssa Ferrell registered the top round of the day for the Spartans, shooting a 2-over 74 (36-38) to sit in a tie for seventh place. Ferrell was even par through the first nine holes with two birdies, five pars and two bogeys. On the back nine, Ferrell had seven pars and two bogeys to close at 2-over-par.
Powers recorded three birdies on the front nine, but also had two bogeys and a double bogey along with three pars to stand at 1-over. She compiled seven pars and two bogeys on the back nine to finish with a 75.
Although Meier had two birdies on her front nine, she made the turn at 4-over 40 after also posting two triple-bogeys and five pars. She closed strong at 1-under 35 to finish at 75.
Sophomore Jenny Sritragul rounded out the team scoring with a 7-over 79 (39-40).
The second round of the Big Ten Championships is set for Saturday; the third and final round will be held Sunday. Live scoring of the tournament is available at golfstat.com.