Four Spartans Qualify for U.S. Women's Amateur
Seniors Allyssa Ferrell, Christine Meier and Liz Nagel, along with incoming freshman Kelly Grassel, will compete in the nation's premier amateur tournament.
July 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seniors Allyssa Ferrell, Christine Meier and Liz Nagel and incoming freshman Kelly Grassel have qualified to compete in the 113th annual U.S. Women's Amateur Championship held Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
The nation's premier amateur tournament features more than 150 qualifiers from around the world.
Ferrell and Grassel each qualified on Wednesday (July 10) after shooting rounds of 73 at the Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington, Ill.
Ferrell also qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2009 and 2011. She currently ranks ninth in MSU history with a 76.53 scoring average her first three seasons and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2012-13.
Grassel, who will be a freshman on the 2013-14 Spartan roster, won the Indiana State High School Championship both in 2012 as a senior and 2011 as a junior, while finishing third in 2010 as a sophomore. She set the Indiana State High School Championship record in 2012 with a score of 7-under-par 137 (69-68) and is a four-time all-state selection.
Nagel won her qualifying tournament on Monday (July 8) with a score of 71 at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor. Meier placed second with a 72 to also qualify.
Nagel is currently seventh in MSU history with a 76.37 scoring average in 60 rounds played (4,582 strokes), while Meier is ranked 10th at 76.57 (7,198 strokes in 94 rounds). This marks the first career appearance at the U.S. Women's Amateur for both Nagel and Meier.
Meier tied the best performance in school history with a sixth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season with a 75.69 average.