Spartans Head to Lady Buckeye Invitational
April 20, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships, the Michigan State women's golf team travels to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend (Friday-Sunday) for the 32nd annual Lady Buckeye Invitational. The 11-team tournament is being held at the par 72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
The Spartans have had recent success at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, winning the event in 2011 while claiming medalist honors the past two years. Last year, MSU won the tournament by 17 strokes over Kent State and Caroline Powers led the way by capturing medalist honors for the first time in her career. Former All-American Laura Kueny took first in 2010.
"We definitely love playing the Scarlet (Course)," said Spartan head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "It's definitely a special place and we've done a lot of good things there...This year is especially important because there's a chance we could be there for the NCAA Regionals. We know the course like the back of our hand. We obviously have some new kids going, so we're going to have to get them acclimated. We've had a very good history of success at Ohio State, and we want to continue that tradition."
The tournament will be 54 holes over two days, with the teams playing 36 holes on Saturday. All teams will have six players, and the top four will count toward the team score.
Red-shirt sophomore Liz Nagel has led the Spartans individually the last tournaments and enters the weekend with a 76.39 average. Nagel carded a career-low 216 to tie for 13th at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., on April 1 and tied for 30th at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., with a 226.
Sophomore Christine Meier also shot a 226 at the Bryan National Collegiate and has a 76.62 average in seven tournaments. Meier placed a career-best fourth in last year's Lady Buckeye Invitational.
Following the Lady Buckeye Invitational this weekend, the Spartans will look to defend their Big Ten title at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., April 27-29.
"We've been off for a little bit here and have had some great practice sessions," said Slobodnik- Stoll. "We've had good scores in our evaluation rounds. This is the time of year - this is it. We've worked so hard. We set our goals in September and now this is the time to make sure they all come to fruition. It's a good measuring stick as to where we're at and what we need to work on those couple of days before we head to French Lick."
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