Oct. 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's golf team will continue its fall season Oct. 11-13 (Friday-Sunday) at the Tar Heel Invitational at the Finley Golf Course on the campus of North Carolina. The elite 18-team tournament features 10 teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25 and 16 in the top 50.
The Spartans are coming off a ninth-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., in which eight of the 15 teams were ranked in the Golfweek preseason Top 20. MSU won its first tournament of the season, the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West, on Sept. 15.
MSU has had recent success at the Tar Heel Invitational. The Spartans won the tournament in 2009, besting several highly ranked teams with a school-record 54-hole score of 860. In 2011, former Spartan All-American Caroline Powers set a program record for a 54-hole score with a 208 (69-68-71).
"We like to step up to the competition and everyone loves go to the Tar Heel Invitational," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "It's a great tournament and a wonderful golf course. I wish I could pinpoint a reason why we always seem to play well there. I think it's more of a feeling about the golf course. It always seems to play firm and fast, which as a golfer is fun to play. We still hang on to that memory that the biggest regular-season win in the history of the program was at the Tar Heel. That's something that will always stick with us."
Nagel leads the Spartans with a 72.17 scoring average through six rounds and ranks No. 24 in the nation in the Golfweek individual rankings. She won her first college tournament with a three-stroke victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational and tied for fifth at the Mason Rudolph Championship. She tied a career low with a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Fossum, and also shot a 3-under 69 in the third round at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
"Liz's `Spartan Strong' motto continues to hold true in her life," said Slobodnik-Stoll. "I think in our lives, just growing up in golf, golf is always the constant. That's the one thing that we love to do. I think there's a lot of peace when we're at the golf course. Everyone knows what to expect, knows what to do, and knows what the expectations are for the team.
"Liz is a fifth-year senior and this is what she's been working hard for. She's obviously very capable of great things this year. She's started out very well and it's going to be a great year for her."
Ferrell is also off to a strong start with a 73.33 average; she sits at No. 57 in the Golfweek rankings.
Four-year starter and senior Christine Meier will not be in the lineup for the Tar Heel Invitational as she will be competing in the second stage of LPGA Qualifying School in Venice, Fla.
Live scoring of the Tar Heel Invitational will be available at Birdiefire.com.
2013 Tar Heel Invitational Quick Facts
Host: University of North Carolina
Dates: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Course Information: UNC Finley Golf Course (Par 72, 6,285 yards)
Participating Teams (18): No. 13 Alabama, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 26 Auburn, No. 49 Baylor, No. 20 Clemson, No. 10 Duke, No. 22 Florida, LSU, No. 27 Michigan State, Mississippi, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 14 NC State, No. 42 Notre Dame, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 18 South Carolina, No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 31 Virginia and No. 39 Wake Forest.
Format: Three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes to be played each day.
Tee Times: Tee times begin at 9:09 a.m. off No. 1 tee and at 8:51 a.m. off No. 10 tee on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a shotgun start at approximately 9:15 a.m.
How To Obtain Results: Live scoring will be available at Birdiefire.com.