Ferrell in second after two rounds at NCAA tournament

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Edgerton native Allyssa Ferrell is crafting a great senior present for herself at the NCAA Division I women's golf tournament.

The Michigan State senior is tied for second, three shots behind the leader after two rounds of the 72-hole event at the Tulsa Country Club.

Ferrell tied a school single-round record with 1-under-par 69s in both Tuesday's first round and Wednesday's second round of the national tournament. Ferrell is three shots behind Oklahoma freshman Alexandra Kaui.

Kaui holed a wedge from 118 yards for an eagle on the par-4 15th and finished with a 3-under 67 Wednesday to take the three-shot advantage.

Stanford's Lauren Kim is tied with Ferrell. The two were playing partners during the first two rounds.

Ferrell holed a 75-foot birdie putt on her final hole, a par 3.

Ferrell was 2-over on her first nine holes (No. 10-18), but was 3-under on holes 1-9, with three birdies and six pars.

Ferrell helped the Spartans shoot the day's low team round, a 3-over 283 that moved them from a tie for 16th to a tie for ninth at 28 over.

The wind gusted to 26 mph from the south, a little calmer than the opening day. 

“You just have to be a little smarter,” Ferrell said of playing in the wind. “It requires a lot more thinking and taking your time, slow down, think everything through.”

Ferrell is playing in the NCAA tournament for the third time.

“It's so much fun,” said Ferrell of the national tournament. “The whole atmosphere makes you feel very important, and it's very intense.”

Ferrell led the Spartans with a fifth-place finish with an 8-over-par 224 at the Big Ten Championships. Her 9-foot birdie putt on the last shot of the tournament clinched a share of the conference title. She has earned three Big Ten championships.

She earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season.

Her 74.58 average ranks ninth in MSU single-season history.

Michigan State will tee off at noon from hole 10 for today's third round, along with Alabama and Ohio State. Live scoring is available at NCAA.com.

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