Nagel's emotional win highlights Spartan triumph
Michigan State won its own Mary Fossum Invitational on Sunday, and senior Liz Nagel earned an emotional individual victory.
The Spartans had an eight-shot lead as a team entering Sunday’s final round at Forest Akers West in East Lansing, Mich. They turned in their highest team score of the week on Sunday, 20-over 308, but Ohio State couldn’t catch them. At 28-over 892, Michigan State won by four. It’s the eighth time in the past 11 years that Michigan State has won this event.
Nagel teed it up at Forest Akers days after her grandfather passed away. Nagel, who also battled thyroid cancer last season, posted 1-over 217 (68-75-74) to finish three shots ahead of a trio of players in second place.
“My grandpa was an athlete,” Nagel said. “Anyone that knew him, they knew he was the biggest Spartan fan and he really never tried to miss an event; Oklahoma, Georgia, North Carolina, he went everywhere to watch us. I really dug deep, and I knew that’s what it was going to take. I was upset, and we’re all sad about it, but he never would want me to sit the bench, ever. I went out there, and I felt comfortable, and I did what I do best.”
In addition to Nagel, the Spartans claimed two others golfers inside the top 15. Allyssa Ferrell was sixth with a 6-over 222 total and Kelly Grassel tied for 14th at 226.
Notre Dame finished at 42-over 906, 10 shots out of second place, and Northwestern was one shot behind that. Oregon rounded out the top 5, one shot behind Northwestern.
–Information from Michigan State used in this report