Oct. 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's golf team will conclude its fall this season weekend (Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27) as it competes in the 12th annual Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,204-yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall, which borders the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach.
The 18-team field features some of the nation's top teams, including No. 14 Alabama, No. 9 Arizona, No. 15 Clemson, No. 4 Duke, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 27 Michigan State, Mississippi, No. 21 North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, No. 17 N.C. State, No. 49 Notre Dame, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 6 Oklahoma State, Purdue, No. 16 South Carolina, No. 32 Virginia, No. 35 Wake Forest and host UNC Wilmington (rankings according to Golfweek). The Spartans are also ranked No. 21 by Golfstat.
The tournament has moved to the Pete Dye Course, site of the 1995 and 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, after playing 10 of its first 11 years at the club's Jack Nicklaus layout.
Last season, the Landfall Tradition was limited to one round due to Hurricane Sandy. The Spartans took sixth place after shooting a 297 in the first round.
Michigan State has competed in some of the most elite tournaments in the country this fall. The Spartans opened with a victory at its home tournament, the Mary Fossum Invitational, on Sept. 14-15 at Forest Akers West on the campus of MSU.
MSU then took ninth out of 15 teams at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., in a field that featured eight teams in the top 20.
In its last tournament, MSU tied for 13th place at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The 18-team field had 10 teams in the top 25 and 16 in the top 50.
Senior Liz Nagel has led the Spartans in every tournament this fall and owns a team-best 72.22 scoring average. Nagel won the Fossum Invitational, took fifth at the Mason Rudolph Championship, and tied for 14th at the Tar Heel Invitational.
Senior Allyssa Ferrell ranks second on the team with a 74.00 average and has two top-20 finishes, while freshman Kelly Grassel is third at 75.22 and also two top-20 showings.
Live scoring of the Landfall Tradition will be available at golfstat.com.