July 22, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Four Michigan State golfers - Lindsey McPherson, Christine Meier, Liz Nagel and Trisha Witherby - will compete this week in the fourth annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship (Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25) at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
Forty-two (42) two-person teams will be playing in the tournament, which is being presented by the Women's Golf Coaches Association and is the most unique summertime national women's amateur. Each team will pair players from the same university in a 54-hole stroke play event. The format of the championship is alternate shot for the first round, best ball for the second round, and aggregate score of the two players in the third round. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.
McPherson and Meier have competed in the past two Women's Team Collegiate Team Championships. The duo tied for eighth in 2011 and placed 13th in 2012. Nagel and Witherby teamed up for a fifth-place finish last year.
Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private facility and considered one of the most challenging courses in Central Ohio. Opened in 1991, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Play will begin daily at 8 a.m. with tee times starting on both No. 1 and No. 10.
McPherson, who will be a junior this upcoming season, competed in two tournaments in 2012-13 for the Spartans. She tied for 54th place at the Mary Fossum Invitational and tied for 60th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. Last summer, the Flushing, Mich., native qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Open.
Meier, who was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2012-13, finished third on the team with a 75.69 scoring average. She tied a school record by placing sixth at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., and finished a career-best third at the Big Ten Championships. She enters her senior season ranked 10th in MSU history with a 76.57 scoring average.
Nagel posted a 76.59 scoring average as a junior in 2012-13 and started in 10 tournaments. She posted a career-low round of 68 in the third round of the NCAA Central Regional to help the Spartans advance to the NCAA Championships. Her career average of 76.37 through 60 rounds ranks seventh lowest in MSU history.
Witherby played in eight tournaments as a sophomore this past season, compiling a 77.64 average. She shot a career-low 71 in the second round of the NCAA Championships as the Spartans tied for ninth overall at nationals, the best-ever finish in school history.
For more information on the Pure Silk Women's Team Collegiate Team Championship, visit the Women's Golf Coaches Association online at http://community.wgcagolf.com/WGCAGOLF/Home.