May 22, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - Senior Allyssa Ferrell will enter Friday's fourth and final round at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships within striking distance of claiming Michigan State's first individual national title in program history.
The senior from Edgerton, Wisconsin, shot a 2-over-par 72 in Thursday's third round at the Tulsa Country Club and is tied for third place at even-par 210 (69-69-72), just three shots behind co-leaders Celine Boutier of Duke and Doris Chen of USC.
As a team, the Spartans shot a 22-over 302 and dropped 11 spots on the team leaderboard from ninth to 20th. Through 54 holes, MSU is 50-over-par (305-283-302--890).
Ferrell carded back-to-back rounds of 1-under-par 69 on the first two days, which tied an MSU single-round record at nationals, and kept pace in the third round with a 72. She was 3-over (38) on her first nine holes (No. 10-18), but moved up the leaderboard with her performance on holes 1-9 by carding a 1-under 34, including two birdies.
"Some days you work harder for your 72s than 75..., but today was a little bit of a struggle," said Ferrell, who entered the day tied in second place. "When I first began I was 4-over, but I think once I got to 16 I said I had to make something happen at that point. I was running out of holes for this round. I made a couple of threes on the front nine, which would be my back nine, and that was best. And to end up 2-over was OK, not every day is going to be your best. I felt like I really grinded it out.
"I was hoping to not drop down much, I was hoping to stay there (atop the leaderboard). My game plan was to shoot even (par) today, so that didn't work. Only being three shots back is exciting. It will be a new experience to play in that position, but I'm looking forward to it."
"Allyssa is playing really consistent and steady golf," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "It's been a joy to watch her compete this week. I know she's really looking forward to tomorrow, and we're the first tee time at 7 in the morning, so she doesn't have much time to think about things."
Freshman Kelly Grassel shot her best round of the tournament on Thursday with a 4-over 74 and owns a total score of 229 (78-77-74).
Red-shirt freshman Gabby Yurik shot an 80 and is at 237 (83-74-80) for the tournament.
"We had a goal coming in here (finishing top eight for the first time in school history), and it's hard when you shoot a round that doesn't represent the talent on this team or what you're capable of," said Slobodnik-Stoll. "We're just hoping to go out early in the morning and put together a really nice round and feel good about what we did."
The Spartans will tee off beginning at 8 a.m. ET from hole No. 1 in Friday's final round, along with Florida and California. Live scoring of the entire round will be available at golfstat.com and NCAA.com.