Edgerton golfer Allyssa Ferrell turns pro
Allyssa Ferrell set or tied several school records during her senior golf season at Michigan State University.
The Edgerton native also led the Spartans to the Big Ten Conference title and became only the third golfer in program history to finish in the top 10 at the NCAA tournament.
Ferrell’s feats didn’t go unnoticed.
The recent MSU grad was named the school’s George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year. Darqueze Dennard, a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, was the school’s male recipient.
“It was completely unexpected,” Ferrell said of the award. “It’s a great honor, because so many great athletes have won the award before me.
One of the things I really wanted to do before I left Michigan State was leave a footprint that couldn’t be erased. I felt like I accomplished a lot of things my senior year, and I can walk away with no regrets and a big smile on my face.”
Ferrell’s record-setting season began in February when she won the Central District Invitational in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. She set a school record with a 54-hole total of 207. Ferrell also shot a 67 in a meet during the season, which is the lowest round in school history.
The last month of the season was a whirlwind. Ferrell’s 9-foot putt on the final hole of the Big Ten Championships clinched Michigan State’s third conference title in four years, and she followed that up with a run at an NCAA title.
“I told the coach before the meet that I wasn’t leaving without a Big Ten trophy,” Ferrell said. “As it turns out, I was right. That (title) probably meant more to me than anything else.”
Ferrell was three strokes off the lead on the final day of the NCAA tournament until a shaky back nine dashed her hopes.
“That last round was really tough emotionally,” the 2010 Edgerton High graduate said. “I had so much going through my head knowing that this was the last collegiate round I would ever play and that my days at Michigan State were over.”
Ferrell turned pro after the NCAA tournament and hopes to join the LPGA Tour next season. She first has to attend the LPGA Tour Qualifying School, which is a three-stage format beginning in August.
If Ferrell fails to qualify for the LPGA Tour, she can still play in the Symetra Tour, which is similar to the PGA’s Web.com Tour.
Ferrell plans to hone her game beginning with the Wisconsin Women’s Open, which begins Tuesday at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison. She finished second in the event three years ago.
“There’s always parts of my game I can work on, and that’s what I’ll be doing until Q School,” Ferrell said. “I’m not as long as some of the other golfers, so it’s really important that I work on my short game. That’s an area I have an advantage in.
“I’ve been thinking about turning pro since way back when I was deciding on where to go to college. I can’t believe it has finally happened.”