Feb. 19, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a record-setting performance, Michigan State senior Allyssa Ferrell has been named the Big Ten Women's Co-Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. This marks the first time in Ferrell's career she has won the award.
Ferrell established the best 54-hole score in school history with a 9-under-par 207 (71-67-69) and tied for first place at the Central District Invitational earlier this week (Monday-Tuesday) in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Ferrell shared first place with Vanderbilt's Simin Feng, who also carded a 9-under 207 (67-69-71), but Feng was officially awarded medalist honors due to a scorecard playoff; Feng birdied the par-5 18th in the third round, while Ferrell shot par. The 9-under 207 also marked the lowest 54-hole score in the 14-year history of the Central District Invitational.
Ferrell and Feng were in the same group for Tuesday's third round. Ferrell took a one-shot lead over Feng after making a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th, which was her fourth birdie in seven holes. Ferrell just missed a seven-footer on the 18th to clinch the outright victory, while Feng sank her birdie putt.
During Monday's second round, Michigan State shot the lowest round in school history with a 10-under-par 278. Ferrell led the charge for MSU with a 5-under 67, matching the lowest individual round by a Spartan in the history of the program.
Ferrell began the tournament with a solid 1-under-par 71 in Monday morning's first round, but caught fire in the afternoon, posting five birdies and 13 pars for a 5-under 67, equaling the best round ever by a Spartan (Lindsey Solberg, 2012 East Regional).
The host Spartans took third place in the tournament after shooting the lowest 54-hole score in program history with a 15-under 849 (288-278-283), shattering the previous record of 860 set at the 2009 Tar Heel Invitational.
Ferrell shared the weekly honor with Purdue's Aurora Kan, who tied for the individual title at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a 5-under-par 211.