Sarah Burnham finishes tied for fourth place – best regional finish by a Spartan since 2012.
MSU is six shots back of the top six.
Katie Sharp and Sarah Burnham are tied for sixth place.
Spartans are making their 19th NCAA Regional appearance in the last 20 seasons.
Three Spartans earn First Team All-Big Ten honors.
2018 NCAA Austin Regional, May 7, 2018 Photos: John Weast
2018 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships April 22, 2018
2017 Women's Golf NCAA Championships, May 19-22, Sugar Grove, Illinois
2017 Women's Golf NCAA Athens Regional, May 8-10, 2017, Athens, Ga.
2014-15 | 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18
2017-18 -- RS Senior
Recorded the best scoring average of her career at 74.55 ... Had a season-high eighth-place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational (9-over-par 225) ... Tied for 12th at the Big Ten Championships (1-under-par 215) in helping the Spartans to their second straight league title ... Posted the second-best 54-hole score of her career with a 4-under-par 212 ... Had three top-20 finishes and started all 11 tournaments ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient for the second straight year ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Won the Indiana Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship, 5-3, (June 14-16) at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Indiana ... Was the runner-up in the Judson Collegiate (June 27-29), finishing one shot out of first place with a 4-over-par 217 (73-68-77) at the Country Club of Roswell in Roswell, Georgia ... Won the Trans Amateur Team Championship with Sarah Burnham at the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, shooting a 4-over-par 292 (75-73-68-76) to take fourth place overall ... Tied for sixth in the Indiana PGA Women's Open (71-76=147), July 25-26, at Anderson Country Club ... Teamed with Yurika Tanida to capture the Golf Association of Michigan Four-Ball on August 15 at Battle Creek Country Club.
2016-17 -- RS Junior
WGCA All-America Scholar … Posted a 75.81 scoring average, good for third best on the team … Ranked second on the team in total birdies (71) and tied for second in rounds under par (5) … Best finish of the season came at the Big Ten Championships (April 21-23) where she took fifth with a 2-over-par 218 … Lowest three-round total of 1-under-par 215 came at the Briar’s Creek Invitational (March 20-21) when she tied for eighth place … Also had her lowest round of the year at the Briar’s Creek Invitational with a 3-under-par 69 … Placed 19th at the NCAA Athens Regional (May 8-10) with a 4-over-par 220 … Finished the year by placing in the top 20 of five of the last six tournaments … Academic All-Big Ten … team winner of MSU’s Scholar Athlete Award … Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
2015-16 -- RS Sophomore
Won the Clemson Invitational with an 8-under-par 208 (68-70-70), tied for the second-lowest 54-hole total in school history ... Posted a 74.88 average for the year, second lowest on the team ... Appeared in all 11 tournaments ... Placed fifth at the Fossum Invitational with a 221 (75-74-72) ... Her 68 in the first round of the Tar Heel Invitational led to an 18th place finish (68-77-77) as the Spartans took fourth ... Recorded her fourth top-20 finish of the season at the Lady Buckeye with a 10-over 226 (76-76-74) to place 19th individually as the team took fourth.
2014-15 -- RS Freshman
Finished fifth on the team with a 77.14 scoring average (1,620 strokes in 21 rounds) . . . Competed in seven tournaments, including six in the starting lineup; started the last five tournaments of the spring . . . Recorded her first top-10 finish by tying for 10th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational with a 225 (75-73-77) . . . Tied for 21st in her first Big Ten Championships with a season-low 223 (77-72-74); carded a season-low 72 in the second round . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Participated in the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship at The Home Course in Dupont, Washington; shot a 156 (76-80) during 36 holes of stroke play . . . Finished runner-up (76-72--148) at Noble Hawk in Kendallville, Indiana, in the fourth tournament of the Midwest Collegiate Amateur Series.
Four-time all-state honoree ... Four-time state qualifier at the Indiana High School Championships, including runner-up finishes as a senior in 2012 and as a sophomore in 2010 ... Shot a 5-under 139 (70-69) at the 2012 state championships, just two strokes behind state champion Kelly Grassel ... Placed fifth as a freshman in 2009 and 11th as a junior in 2011 ... Finished her senior year with a 69.6 scoring average ... Academic All-State selection as a senior ... Four-time NHC All-Conference pick and three-time conference tournament medalist ... Two-time (2011, 2012) Hoosier Junior Champion . . . Qualified for the 2010 PGA Jr. National Championship ... Named the 2009 Indiana Junior Golf Player of the Year.
GETTING TO KNOW KATIE SHARP
What would your walk out song for the first tee be?
My walk out song would be "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen. I love Disney and I live in a state where "the cold never bothered me anyway."
What's your favorite place to go on vacation?
Myrtle Beach is always a great place to get away, but I would love to go to Hawaii one day.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs, never cats!
Coolest place you've gotten to play golf?
I got the chance to play TPC Sawgrass in 2015 and that was an amazing place to play!
Who is your hero?
My hero is my mom. She has supported me unconditionally all my life and I hope to be like her when I get older.
What's your favorite thing about Michigan State?
I absolutely love football and basketball season and the hype the surrounds it. Watching games on Saturdays with my friends is something I wouldn't trade for the world.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I won a college tournament last spring, the Clemson Invitational. I'm very proud of how I played there.
If you could be anyone, who would you be for a day?
I would be Ariel from the Little Mermaid. Who wouldn't want to be a mermaid?
Favorite kind of music/singer?
Christian pop or Disney. I listen to it when I practice.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would want to have the power to teleport from one place to another. I have often wished this when I've forgotten my shoes for workouts or left my books in my car.
Do you have any superstitions?
I always eat the exact same breakfast the day after I play well. If I don't play well, I eat a different breakfast.
What's the most unexpected thing in your golf bag?
I have a small sock monkey hanging on a keychain on my bag. It has a Michigan State sweatshirt on and it was given to me by one of my high school teammates. It's been with me throughout my college career.
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