Liz Nagel, Allyssa Ferrell Earn All-Big Ten Honors
April 29, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior golfers Liz Nagel and Allyssa Ferrell both earned All-Big Ten honors Tuesday, as the conference office announced the all-league team and individual award winners.
Nagel leads the team with a 74.50 scoring average - which currently ranks tied for seventh lowest in MSU history - and was named to the first team. She has posted five top-10 finishes this season, including her first career tournament victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West on the MSU campus in mid-September, in which she was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week and Golfweek National Golfer of the Week.
Nagel shot a career-low 3-under-par 213 (71-70-72) at the Central District Invitational in February, the eighth-lowest 54-hole score in program history, to tie for 10th place. She also tied for fifth at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., on Sept. 22, tied for fourth at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., on Oct. 27, and tied for ninth at the Big Ten Championships last weekend.
During match play at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Nagel won all three of her matches to help lead MSU to a first-place finish in the "Black" bracket.
The DeWitt, Mich., native leads the team with 61 birdies this season (2.18 avg.) and ranks tied for second with six under-par rounds. Her career average of 75.77 currently ranks fifth lowest in school history.
Nagel was a second-team all-league selection as a sophomore in 2012.
Ferrell garnered second-team All-Big Ten accolades for the second year in a row. The Edgerton, Wis., product ranks second on the team with a 74.54 average and has delivered four top-10 showings.
She established a 54-hole school record after carding a 9-under 207 (71-67-69) at the Central District Invitational in February and shared medalist honors. In the second round of the CDI, she tied a school single-round record with a 5-under 67, including five birdies. She was also named the Big Ten Women's Co-Golfer of the Week for her efforts at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
In addition, Ferrell placed in the top 10 at the Fossum Invitational (sixth) and Bryan National Collegiate (tied for ninth) during the regular season.
Last weekend at the Big Ten Championships, Ferrell made a 9-foot birdie putt on the last shot of the tournament to clinch a share of the conference title for the Spartans. She placed fifth overall with an 8-over 224 and was named to the Big Ten All-Championships Team for the second straight season.
Ferrell's 74.54 average currently ranks ninth lowest in an MSU single season. She ranks second on the team with 59 birdies (2.11 avg.) and tied for second with six rounds of under-par. Her career average of 76.06 stands at sixth best in the history of the program.
Junior Lindsey McPherson, who posted a career-best ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, was named the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
The 2014 Big Ten Champion Michigan State women's golf team received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals and will play at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort on May 8-10 in Cle Elum, Wash. MSU is the No. 8 seed in the 24-team West Regional. The top-eight teams in the three regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.
2014 BIG TEN WOMEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year: Jessica Porvasnik, Ohio State
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Therese Hession, Ohio State
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