SUNSET, South Carolina -
The Michigan State women’s golf team got off to an excellent start at the Clemson Invitational on Friday, shooting an even-par 288 to put the Spartans alone in second place. The Spartans are three shots back of first-place and eighth-ranked Furman, while ahead of several teams currently sloted in the top 30 of the latest Golfweek rankings. No. 5 Florida (1-over-par 289), No. 21 Texas (3-over par-291) and No. 6 Florida State (3-over par-291) ended Friday in the third and fourth spots, respectively, at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, South Carolina.
Allyson Geer and defending Clemson Invitational champion Katie Sharp paced the Spartans on Friday as both currently sit in the top 10 after the opening 18 holes. Geer is tied for fourth after carding a 2-under-par 70. Three birdies put her 2-under par at the turn and she finished the day with just two bogies.
Sharp, who won the tournament last year at 8-under-par 208, had a team-high five birdies on Friday en route to a 1-under-par 71 to put her in a tie for seventh place.
Sarah Burnham shot a 1-over-par 73 and is in a tie for 18th place, giving MSU three players in the top 20.
Paz Marfa Sans shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 27th place, while Carolyn Markley fired a 3-over-par 75 and sits in 42nd place.
Furman’s Alice Chen leads the tournament after shooting a 4-under-par 68.
Second round action will get underway on Saturday morning at the par-72, 6,260 yard course.