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Spartans Finish Sixth at The Briar's Creek Invitational

March 21, 2017

JOHNS ISLAND, South Carolina - The Michigan State women's golf team wrapped up the Briar's Creek Invitational in Johns Island, South Carolina, on Tuesday, finishing the tournament at 8-over par 872 (288-296-288) to take sixth place. The Spartans' even-par 288 in Tuesday's final round was the third lowest score of the day in the 18-team field that included 10 teams in the Golfstat top 50.

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Helped by a pair of even-par 288s in rounds one and three at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek, the Spartans' 8-over par 872 marked their lowest team score of the season.

Katie Sharp led all Spartans with a 1-under par 215 to take eighth place. After an even-par 72 and 2-over par 74 in rounds one and two, respectively, that had her in 27th place, Sharp shot a season-best 3-under par 69 on Tuesday. Sharp birdied four of the last five holes and had a team-high six birdies on the day.

Sarah Burnham and Allyson Geer both tied for 22nd place at 3-over par 219.

Burnham had her best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 1-under par 71. She shot a pair of 2-over par 74s in rounds one and two.

Geer started Thursday's final round in ninth place after a career-best 4-under par 68 in round one and 2-over par 74 in round two. On Tuesday, she recorded her third eagle of the tournament with a three on the par-5, 430-yard 10th hole, but wound up with a 5-over par 77.

Paz Marfa Sans finished 9-over par 225, good for 53rd place. She had a pair of 2-over par 74s in rounds one and two and then shot a 5-over par 77 on Tuesday.

Like Sharp and Burnham, Carolyn Markley also posted her best round of the tournament on Tuesday. Markley tied her season best with a 1-under par 71 in the final round and finished 12-over par 228 (75-82-71) for the tournament.

No. 6 Florida won the event with a tournament record 15-under par 849 (277-286-286).

The Spartans were just four shots out of earning a spot in the top-three of the talent-laden tournament, as Auburn placed fifth (7-over par 871), Miami fourth (6-over par 870) and Illinois third (4-over par 868).

Maria Torres of Florida claimed medalist honors with a 7-under par 209.

The Spartans will be back in action at the Clemson Invitational, April 1-3, in Sunset, South Carolina.



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