Spartans Take Third at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
Allyson Geer tied for second place.
NEW ORLEANS - The No. 13 Michigan State women's golf team shot a 12-over-par 300 on Tuesday in the final round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate to take third place. The Spartans finished the tournament at the English Turn Golf and Country Club 24-over-par 888 (284-304-300), six shots behind No. 11 USC for second place. No. 18 Florida won the tournament at 9-over-par 873.
Sophomore Allyson Geer tied for second place with a 3-under-par 213 (67-72-74), matching the best finish of her career. Geer was one of just five golfers to finish the tournament under par at the 6,239-yard course.
Geer was 3-over-par through nine holes in the final round on Tuesday, but birdied three of the first four holes to start the back nine, eventually finishing the back 1-under-par.
For Geer, it was her second runner-up finish of the season, as she also took second at the Mary Fossum Invitational in September. Her 3-under-par 213 also matched the second-lowest 54-hole tournament score of her career.
"It was a great finish for Ally," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "Once again she put herself in a position to win."
Senior Sarah Burnham bounced back on Tuesday with a 2-under-par 70 and claimed her sixth top-10 finish of the season by tying for eighth with a 3-over-par 219 (70-79-70). Burnham parred 16 holes on Tuesday, including each of the first 12.
Sophomore Paz Marfa Sans tied for 20th place with an 8-over-par 224 (71-76-77).
With Tuesday's results, Michigan State has now placed in the top three in six of seven tournaments this season. MSU finished the Allstate Sugar Bowl ahead of No. 8 Oklahoma State (eighth, 898), No. 20 Denver (16th, 938) and No. 21 Houston (10th,904).
"It was windy yesterday and today, so obviously it affected all the scores," Slobodnik-Stoll said. "Yesterday we didn't do a good job of managing tough situations; I think we got down on ourselves a bit when things weren't going our way. And today, some of the shots just weren't there.
"Third place is a decent finish. It's in the ballpark but we have to be able to finish better."
Sierra Brooks of Florida took medalist honors with a 7-under-par 209.
After two tournaments in two weeks to begin the spring schedule, the Spartans will now be off until the Clemson Invitational, March 23-25, in Sunset, South Carolina.