March 27, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a five-week layoff from tournament competition, the No. 24 Michigan State women's golf team will head to the Bryan National Collegiate this weekend (March 29-31) in Greensboro, N.C. The 18-team tournament, hosted by UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest, is being held on the par 72, 6,386-yard Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
The challenging field features 15 teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 50, including nine in the Top 25. Second-ranked Duke, the defending tournament champion, leads the field, followed by No. 7 Arkansas, No. 43 Auburn, No. 6 Florida, No. 40 Florida State, No. 19 Georgia, Louisville, No. 24 Michigan State, No. 30 Northwestern, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 22 NC State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, No. 44 South Carolina, No. 29 Tennessee, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Virginia and No. 41 Wake Forest.
Heading into the spring season, Golf Digest wrote that the Bryan National was the toughest spring tournament in the nation.
The Spartans will tee off at 9:50 a.m. on Friday from the first tee, along with UNC Greensboro and South Carolina. MSU tied for 12th at the Bryan National Collegiate last season.
Michigan State has played in two tournaments this spring, both in February. The Spartans opened by placing 15th at the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., on Feb. 11-13, but bounced back to take third at the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla., on Feb. 18-19. The Regional Challenge was listed as the fourth-most difficult tournament in the spring by Golf Digest.
Senior Caroline Powers leads the team this season with a 73.06 scoring average through six 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 also owns a career average of 74.22, which is also on pace to establish a Michigan State record. Powers is the highest ranked Big Ten golfer in the Golfweek individual ratings at No. 17 in the nation. In her last tournament, Powers tied for first at the Central District Invitational and was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week for the third time this season and sixth time of her career.
Junior Allyssa Ferrell will start the tournament in the No. 2 position, followed by junior Liz Nagel, junior Christine Meier and sophomore Jenny Sritragul. Nagel ranks second on the team with a 75.69 scoring average, while Ferrell is third at 75.94.
Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at golfstat.com.