May 10, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - The Michigan State women's golf team shot a 13-over-par 301 in the second round of the NCAA Central Regional on Friday and is tied for ninth place after 36 holes with a 16-over 592 (291-301). The ninth-seeded Spartans are just three strokes back from third place, however, as the crowded top of the leaderboard features nine teams within four shots of each other from third to 11th place.
Florida is at 13-over 589 to sit in third, while 11th place TCU is at 17-over 593. The third and final round of the NCAA Central Regional is set for Saturday; the top-eight teams in the 24-team regional will advance to the NCAA Championships.
Second-seeded and host Oklahoma leads the field with a 7-under 569; top-seeded Duke is in second at 1-under 575.
"The scores were obviously higher today, and a big reason was that the wind totally shifted," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "We went from two days of playing in a south wind, to today and tomorrow are going to be a north wind. The afternoon wind was strong and it made some differences on some holes, and there were some tough pins, which made the conditions tougher than yesterday."
Senior Caroline Powers carded an even-par 72 to lead MSU on Friday. Powers moved up to a tie for 10th place on the individual leaderboard as she is 1-over (73-72--145) for the tournament.
Junior Allyssa Ferrell rounded out the team scoring in the second round for MSU with a 78. She is tied for 54th with 36-hole total of 150 (72-78).
Sophomore Trisha Witherby tallied an 84 in the second round and is at 159 (75-84).
Live scoring of Saturday's final round will be available at Golfstat.com. The Spartans will tee off at 8:30 a.m. ET from hole No. 1 along with UC Davis and Mississippi State.
"This is why you play sports," Slobodnik-Stoll said of the challenge of finishing in the top eight. "I told the kids tonight this is when you get the gut check and you find out what you're really made of because it's do or die tomorrow. We've got to play well. We're not going to play aggressive, we're going to try and play a bit conservatively, meaning hitting it to the middle of the greens and putting for birdies. We just need to play a solid round. I feel like if we do that, which we know we're capable of doing, we'll finish in the top eight."