Spartans Finish as Runners-Up at the Florida State Match-Up
Sarah Burnham tied for third place.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The 13th-ranked Michigan State women's golf team took second place at the Florida State Match-Up, finishing 11-under-par 853 (285-283-285). MSU shot a 3-under-par 285 in Saturday's final round at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and finished just five shots back of tournament champ No. 7 South Carolina.
MSU was two shots ahead of Coastal Carolina and Virginia, which tied for third, and was one of just four teams that ended the tournament under par.
In the match-up portion of the event, the Spartans and their partner Minnesota finished in third place with a score of 1088. The Match-Up portion of the tournament is determined by taking the best four scores from the partners (which is a total of ten players) and the worst score to make the Match Up team total. South Carolina and Virginia won the match-up event with a score of 1059.
"It was a great way to start the spring season," MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. "It was a group effort, we made a ton of birdies and we're just excited to be back - and for what's ahead the rest of the spring. Sarah obviously played great and we had a lot of great scores."
Sarah Burnham led a group of three Spartans that placed in the top eight as she tied for third place. Burnham shot a 5-under-par 67 in Saturday's final round, ending the tournament at 7-under-par 209 (68-74-67). Burnham had six birdies and just one bogey in the third round as her 67 marked her second-lowest round of the season.
Allyson Geer finished a shot back of Burnham at 6-under-par 210 (70-68-72) to take sixth place as she picked up her second top-10 finish of the season.
Paz Marfa Sans tied for eighth place at 3-under-par 213 (72-70-71). Her 1-under-par 71 was second only to Burnham for the lowest score by a Spartan in the final round.
Katie Sharp shot a 3-over-par 75 in the final round and was 8-over-par 224 (78-71-75) for the tournament, placing 36th.
Logan Otter shot a 4-over-par 76 on Saturday and was 10-over-par 226 (75-75-76) for the tournament.
Michigan State is back in action next weekend at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb. 18-20.
1. South Carolina/Virginia 350/353/356=1059
2. Missouri/Costal Carolina 357/356/358=1071
3. Michigan State/Minnesota 365/356/367=1088
4. Florida State/Texas A&M 368/358/365=1091
5. Notre Dame/Kentucky 367/362/377=1106
6. Princeton/Columbia 380/375/380=1135