Oct. 20, 1997

Spartans Head for Florida

Coach: Stacy Slobodnik
Years At MSU: First as head coach
Overall: First
SID Contact: Nate Ewell

Upcoming Events:

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 24-25, Notre Dame Invitational (Bonita Bay, Fla.)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Did not compete

PERFECT TIME FOR A TRIP TO FLORIDA: Just as the Great Lakes State's weather gets chilly, Michigan State women's golf heads south to Bonita Bay, Fla. Notre Dame is the host school for the Notre Dame Invitational (even though competition takes place a ways from South Bend, Ind.). The Spartans look to capture their fifth top-five finish of the fall before a four-month break from competition.

TERRIFIC TWOSOME: Two players have combined for eight top 20 finishes in Michigan State's five tournaments this fall and one of the two has led the team in each tournament. Freshman Kasey Gant leads the team with a 76.3 stroke average and has captured two tournament championships. In the three tournaments Gant has not won, junior Meggan Schumaker has led the team, highlighted by her second-place individual finish at the Wolverine Invitational. Both Gant and Schumaker hail from the Fort Wayne, Ind., area.

SCHUMAKER CONTINUES TO IMPROVE: Schumaker has improved her three-round totals each weekend this fall. Her last time out, Schumaker fired a 75-76-77=228, improving on her previous career best -- which she had shot the two previous weekends -- by one stroke. She has had one round of 75, her career low, in each of the last two tournaments.

THE NEXT TIME OUT: After this weekend's trip to Florida, MSU will be off until February. The Spartans compete in the Midwest Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 20-21.