EAST LANSING - The Michigan State women’s golf team began its 2017 spring schedule with the opening round of the Florida State Seminole Match-Up in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. As a team, the Spartans shot a 6-over par 294 and are in seventh place in the 12-team field that features four teams in the Golfweek Top-25.
No. 12 South Carolina leads the tournament with a 10-under par 278.
The “match-up” portion of the 54-hole stroke play event includes the teams playing the first two rounds with their partner, or "match-up" team, which for the Spartans is Minnesota. In the final round, players will be paired based on score. After every round, the best four scores and the worst score from the partner teams to make a "match-up" score.
The Spartans and Gophers stand in fourth place with a match-up score of 367, which is 16 strokes behind the leaders Florida State and Texas A&M.
Leading the way individually for MSU was sophomore Carolyn Markley as she shot a 1-under par 71 and is currently tied for 10th place. Markley was 1-under at the turn with the help of three consecutive birdies, coming on holes four, five and six. The 71 is her lowest round of the year.
Freshman Allyson Geer was steady in her first collegiate event, playing even-par golf on the front nine before finishing 1-over par for the day and is tied for 22nd place overall.
Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M leads the tournament with a 6-under par 66.
The tournament continues on Saturday with round two.