May 21, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The Michigan State women's golf team moved seven spots up the leaderboard into a tie for ninth place after shooting a 3-over-par 283 in Wednesday's second round at the NCAA Championships, marking the lowest 18-hole team score in program history at nationals and the lowest of this year's tournament through two rounds. It also tied for the third-lowest round in school history.
Overall, the Spartans are 28-over-par (305-283--588) through 36 holes in the 72-hole tournament, 13 shots behind current leader Oklahoma (575).
"I think when a team does something that's not characteristic of them (referring to Tuesday's first round), everyone bounces back and does what they need to do," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "The three seniors played beautifully. The wind died down a little bit from yesterday, so there were good scoring conditions. We just did a lot of great things and I'm very, very proud of them for shooting the low round of the tournament so far.
"We have goals that we want to accomplish. All five of them, and especially the three seniors, they want to be in that Elite Eight (which would be a school-record finish), and they're going to do what it takes."
For the second straight day, senior Allyssa Ferrell tied a MSU single-round record at the NCAA Championships with a 1-under 69. She moved up three places and is now tied for second place at 2-under-par (69-69--138), just three strokes back of Oklahoma's Alexandra Kaui (68-67--135).
Ferrell was 2-over on her first nine holes (No. 10-18), but was 3-under on holes 1-9, with three birdies and six pars. She birdied her final hole of the day on the par-3 ninth.
Nagel shot her best career round at the NCAA Championships (previous low: 74) while posting four birdies. The DeWitt, Mich., native jumped 23 places into a tie for 31st at 6-over 146 (76-70).
Meier had three birdies on her first eight holes (No. 10-17) and was 2-under as she made the turn before finishing her final nine holes at 2-over. She is tied for 74th place at 152 (82-70).
Red-shirt freshman Gabby Yurik delivered the fourth counting score for the Spartans with a 4-over 74, improving upon her first round by nine shots. Yurik owns a 36-hole total of 157 (83-74).
Freshman Kelly Grassel shot a 77 and is 15-over-par at 155 (78-77).
Michigan State will tee off at 1 p.m. ET from hole 10 for Thursday's third round, along with Alabama and Ohio State; live scoring is available for the entire tournament at NCAA.com.