April 5, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 22 Michigan State women's golf team heads to Greensboro, N.C., this weekend (Friday-Sunday) to participate in the Bryan National Collegiate at the par 72, 6,323-yard Bryan Park Players Course. The 17-team field features 13 programs that are ranked in the Golfweek Top 50.
In addition to Michigan State, the competitive tournament also includes: College of Charleston, No. 9 Duke, No. 29 Florida State, No. 39 Kentucky, Louisville, No. 42 Northwestern, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 19 NC State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, No. 26 Ohio State, No. 25 South Carolina, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 33 Tulane, No. 24 Virginia and No. 46 Wake Forest.
"We expect again to just keep moving forward," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, as the Spartans also competed last weekend at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. "It's a step forward every day - they know that in one month's time, we're going to be playing for another Big Ten Championship. We want to make sure we're in the best position we can to win another ring."
The Spartans placed eighth at the Murphey Classic with a 54-hole score of 881, which was the second-lowest team score of the season. Thirteen of the 17 teams in last week's tournament were also ranked in the Golfweek Top 50.
Red-shirt sophomore Liz Nagel had a breakthrough tournament for MSU, carding a career-low score of 216 (E) to tie for 13th. The total of 216 also marked the second-lowest score by any Spartan this season (lowest: school-record 208 by Caroline Powers at Tar Heel Invitational). Nagel started the tournament with a 1-over 73, then shot a 1-under 71 in the second round before finishing with an even-par 72.
Live scoring for this weekend's tournament is available at golfstat.com.