Feb. 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 12th-ranked Michigan State women's golf team will begin its spring season Feb. 11-13 (Monday-Wednesday) at the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. The annual tournament, which is being held at the Palos Verdes Country Club, features 16 teams from several of the top conferences in the nation, including the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac 12. The loaded field has 15 teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 50 and six of the top 10 teams in the country.
The Spartans, unranked in the preseason, vaulted up the rankings with a successful fall campaign. MSU took second at its home Mary Fossum Invitational on Sept. 16 and followed with a third-place showing at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., on Sept. 23. The Green and White took 10th at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 12-14) in Chapel Hill, N.C., in a field that featured nine teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25. The final tournament of the fall in Wilmington, N.C., was cut short by two rounds due to Hurricane Sandy; the Spartans were credited with a sixth-place finish after one round of play.
MSU will play in four tournaments this spring before heading to the Big Ten Championships April 26-28 in French Lick, Ind., where the Spartans will look to win their third straight conference title.
Senior Caroline Powers, who is ranked 17th in the nation by Golfweek, leads the team with a 73.40 scoring average through four fall tournaments, which is on pace to break her current school single-season record of 73.53 she set as a sophomore in 2010-11. She owns a career average of 74.31, which is also on pace to establish a Michigan State record.
Powers was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week for the fifth time of her career on Oct. 31, setting a school record, after tying for fifth place at the rain-shortened Landfall Tradition. She was also named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week on Sept. 27 following her runner-up finish the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Joining Powers in the starting lineup in California will be Allyssa Ferrell, Jenny Sritragul, Christine Meier and Trisha Witherby. Ferrell, who is third on the team with a 75.50 scoring average, is also ranked in the Golfweek Top 100 at No. 92.
Live scoring of the 2013 Regional Challenge will be available at golfstat.com.