Sep 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State seniors Allyssa Ferrell, Christine Meier and Liz Nagel have been named Big Ten Golfers to Watch, the conference office announced on Wednesday afternoon. The three Spartans helped MSU to a school-record ninth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships this past May in Athens, Ga.
Ferrell owns a 76.53 scoring average through her first three seasons, which currently ranks ninth lowest in MSU history. She has collected nine top-20 finishes and five top-10 finishes, including a career-high fifth place at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
A native of Edgerton, Wis., Ferrell was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior and ranked second on the team with a career-low 75.53 scoring average, including a career-best 76 birdies. During the summer, Ferrell advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur and reached the round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship.
Meier tied for sixth place at the NCAA Championships with a 1-over 289 (72-75-69-73), equaling the best finish by a Spartan at the NCAA Championships. Her total of 289 marked the second-lowest score in program history at nationals and the fourth-lowest 72-hole total in the school record books.
Named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, Meier ranked third on the team with a career-low 75.69 scoring average and posted four top-20 finishes, including three in the top 10. She earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Championships team after placing a career-high third with a 4-over 220 (75-72-73).
Meier had an impressive summer, winning the Michigan Women's Amateur for the second time in three years, qualifying for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur, tying for seventh at the Michigan PGA Women's Open, and advancing to the second stage of LPGA Qualifying.
Nagel's career average of 76.37 currently ranks seventh lowest in program history. As a junior, Nagel ranked fourth on the team with a 76.59 scoring average, including a career-best third-place performance at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. Nagel led the Spartans at the NCAA Central Regional by tying for 11th place, and her third-round 68 was a career low and tied for the second-lowest single round in MSU history.
Over the summer, Nagel claimed stroke-play medalist honors for the second straight year at the Michigan Women's Amateur, qualified for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur, and paired with teammate Trisha Witherby to win the Women's Collegiate Team Championship.
The Spartans, ranked No. 22 in the Golfweek preseason rankings, open their season Sept. 14-15 at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing at Forest Akers West Golf Course.