Edgerton golfer chooses Michigan State University

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Monday, August 10, 2009
— As one of the top high school golfers in the state, Allyssa Ferrell had plenty of collegiate offers.

But when it came time to finally make a choice, the Edgerton senior found the decision to be a pretty easy one.

Ferrell fell in love with everything Michigan State University had to offer and verbally committed to the powerful Big Ten program Thursday night.

ďI donít think there was a better fit for me anywhere than Michigan State,Ē Ferrell said. ďThe campus is great, the program is nationally ranked, and I canít wait to go there.

ďItís going to be a little tough to leave home, but Iím looking at it like Iím going from one team to another.Ē

Ferrell has finished in the top five at the WIAA state tournament the last three years and competed last week in the prestiguous U.S. Womenís Amateur Championship in St. Louis.

Although she didnít make the cut at the U.S. Womenís Amateur, Ferrellís has had a productive summer playing golf.

ďYeh, the summerís been pretty good to me,Ē Ferrell said. ďIíve had a couple of rounds where I didnít play very well, but for the most part, Iím very pleased where my game is at right now.Ē

The Spartans finished second in the Big Ten tournament this past spring and tied for 13th at the NCAA four-day tournament. The womenís golf program plays a fall and spring schedule with only three months off in between.

Despite a consistent and improving game, Ferrell knows there are a couple of areas where she needs work on to be successful at the college level.

ďThe biggest thing Iíll be gearing up for is to hit the the ball a little farther off the tee,Ē Ferrell said. ďAnd the (Michigan State) coaches have also told me they are going to work with me on hitting different types of chip shots. They like their players to use a lot of bump and run, and thatís something I donít do a lot of.Ē

Ferrell plans to major in pre-school education with the goal of becoming a teacher.

Thatís if the LPGA doesnít come calling first.

Last updated: 11:11 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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