May 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Michigan State women's golf team shot a 10-over-par 298 in the first round of the NCAA Championships on Tuesday and is currently tied for 12th place in the 24-team field. The 2013 NCAA Championships are being held at the par 72, 6,372-yard University of Georgia Golf Course.
"I think we did a lot of good things today," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "I think there's definite potential to move up. We practiced this afternoon to try and get better at what we didn't do today. You can see from the scores that it's not like the scores from the NCAA Central Regional in Oklahoma. The birdies are out there, but you have to make shots."
Junior Christine Meier carded her best career postseason round with an even-par 72 (39-33) and is tied for 20th place. Meier started off her round on hole 10 and was 2-over-par as she made the turn, but posted a strong finish with three birdies and five pars against just one bogey to close at even par.
"I had a little bit of a slow start and just kind of figured it out on my seventh hole and never let up," said Meier. "I hit a lot of really good shots, and when I had the chance, I made the birdie putts. Once I figured out my driver I didn't miss a fairway, so that was great."
Junior Allyssa Ferrell shot a 2-over 74 (37-37) and is in a tie for 46th place. Ferrell was even on holes 10-18 with six pars, a birdie and a bogey, and was 2-over on holes 1-9 with seven pars and two bogeys.
Senior Caroline Powers, playing in her final collegiate tournament, started her third NCAA Championships with a 4-over 76 (38-38). She posted two birdies, three bogeys and four pars on her first nine holes, then finished with six pars and three bogeys on her back nine.
In her first appearance at the NCAA Championships, sophomore Trisha Witherby also shot a 4-over 76 (39-37). Witherby was second on the team for the day with three birdies.
Junior Liz Nagel closed her first round with a 6-over 78 (38-40).
USC and San Jose State are tied for the team lead with a 4-under 284, followed by third-place Duke (286). SJSU's Regan De Guzman fired a career-best 67 and is in the lead by two shots on the individual leaderboard.
Michigan State will tee off at 12:59 p.m. Wednesday, along with Auburn and San Jose State, for the second round of the NCAA Championships.
Live scoring of the NCAA Championships is available all week at NCAA.com.