Oct. 24, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 12 Michigan State women's golf team will look to wrap up a successful fall season this weekend (Oct. 26-28) at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C.
The Spartans, unranked in the preseason, have vaulted up the rankings with strong performances at their three previous fall tournaments. MSU took second at its home Mary Fossum Invitational on Sept. 16 and followed with a third-place showing at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., on Sept. 23.
In its last tournament, Michigan State took 10th at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 12-14) in Chapel Hill, N.C., in a field that featured nine teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25.
"You hate when good things come to an end - we've had a nice fall so far, and we wish that we could keep going," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "But it doesn't keep going for anyone. All NCAA teams will be off by the first week of November, and then we will be really increasing our strength training."
The 17-team field at this weekend's Landfall Tradition features 13 schools in the Golfweek Top 50, including nine in the Top 25. MSU tied for fifth in last season's Landfall Tradition, which is annually held at the par 72, 6,138-yard Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall.
Junior Liz Nagel heads the lineup going into the tournament after her team-best 12th-place showing at the Tar Heel Invitational. Nagel's score of 220 in Chapel Hill was the second lowest of her career. She is currently ranked No. 82 by Golfweek and has a scoring average of 74.78, good for second on the team.
Senior Caroline Powers is the highest ranked Spartan by Golfweek at No. 38. The Bowling Green, Ohio, native, who tied for fourth place at last year's Landfall Tradition, leads the team with a 73.67 scoring average. Before tying for 38th at the Tar Heel Invitational, Powers finished runner-up at both the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Sophomore Jenny Sritragul is in the No. 3 position in the lineup after tying for 35th at the Tar Heel Invitational with a 226, which tied for the lowest 54-hole score of her career. Juniors Allyssa Ferrell and Christine Meier round out the lineup at No. 4 and No. 5.
Live scoring of the Landfall Tradition will be available at golfstat.com.
2012 Landfall Tradition
Date: Oct. 26-28, 2012
Course: Jack Nicklaus Course/Country Club of Landfall
Site: Wilmington, N.C.
Yardage: 6,138 Yards
Field (17): No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Duke, Florida State, No. 28 Iowa State, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 30 Mississippi, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, No. 11 N.C. State, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 37 Ohio State, No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Purdue, No. 50 South Carolina, No. 24 Texas Tech, Wake Forest. Five individuals will also play from different teams. (Rankings by Golfweek)
Defending Champion: Purdue
Scoring: Five players, top four scores count
Live Scoring: Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com and UNCWsports.com.